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Past Meeting

An Evening with Paul Skilleter

Paul wrote:

"The talk will be all about my motoring life over the past 45 or so years, including the cars Ive owned, the motoring magazines Ive been associated with, and the interesting people Ive met, from Sir William Lyons onwards. Inevitably there will be a Jaguar bias, although a varied mixture of other marques will feature as well, including Alfa Romeo, Austin A40 Farina, Bentley, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce. Something for (almost) everyone, perhaps..."

A brief biography

Paul Skilleter Paul Skilleter was born on the Isle of Wight in 1945 and studied photography and cinematography. In 1966 he joined Motor magazine, in 1974 transferred to Thoroughbred & Classic Cars and went freelance in 1977. In the 1980s Paul worked to launch The Automobile, Jaguar World Monthly, and Practical Classics which became Britains best-selling classic car magazine.

Paul Skilleter's Jaguar Pauls first book Jaguar Sports Cars was published in 1975 winning the Montagu Trophy for the years best-researched motoring book. Other book titles (written, co-authored or published) include Jaguar Saloons; Collectors Guides on XKs and E-types; history of the Morris Minor; the official biography of Sir William Lyons; the story of the famouse Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse; and Norman Dewis of Jaguar - Developing The Legend, for which he again won the Montagu Award!

XJ6 article Paul writes every month in Jaguar World Monthly and his latest offering is Cat Out of the Bag, which is about Jaguars competition department in the 1960s. He is planning a series of pictorial Jaguar books for 2008.

Read more at www.paulskilleterbooks.co.uk/mystory.php.

Motor covered the arrival of the original XJ6 in depth and Paul went to Browns Lane to do the photography (see picture to the right). He well remembers how refined and quiet the original XJ6 was.

Jochen Rindt
Pauls photograph of Jochen
Rindt at Oulton Park in 1970,
selected for the British Press
Pictures Of The Year Exhibition
Receiving Montagu Award
Paul receives the coveted Montagu Award


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