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Nigel Thorley - Jaguar: A Touch of History

  • Date
    9th September 2008
  • Place
    Chemistry Research Laboratory (CRL), South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX13TA
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Nigel Thorley was the speaker launching our autumn series of meetings in the Sixtieth Anniversary year of the Jaguar XK engine, and the XK 120.

Jaguar Enthusiasts magazine cover Nigel is the Editor of Jaguar Enthusiast, has written extensively about Jaguar cars, organises many training courses and events, is a regular speaker, and is involved in many other ways in matters Jaguar and indeed motoring in general. There can be few people with the depth of knowledge spanning the cars and people from the very earliest until the latest model!

He is an engaging speaker who is both very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about his subject interesting not just for Jaguar lovers, but for all those with an interest either in motoring history or motoring today.

Nigels talk covered Jaguar cars over 80 years in 60 minutes!

Nigel Thorley

Nigel Thorley Nigel was brought up with Jaguars, his fathers cars including an SS and Marks VII, IX & X. Since then Nigel has owned over 60 Jaguars and Daimlers, beginning with a Mark 2 at the age of 17 and currently running a modern XJ8 (X-350) and a 1958 Mark VIII.

Nigel wrote his first book, The Complete Companion to the Mark 2, in 1983. Some 20 titles later his latest works are Jaguar - Marketing the Marque and Great Cars - Jaguar XK.
(He has also written about Citroens and Fords!)

Nigel was a founder and is a Director of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, and has been editor of Jaguar Enthusiast since its inception. He also works for TV programmes, the www.classiccartv.co.uk Internet Channel, and gives many talks both here and abroad.

Swallow Sidecar
Swallow Sidecar 1924

Jaguar Cars Limited

Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in Blackpool in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley. It moved to Coventry in 1928, became SS Cars in 1934 and Jaguar Cars in 1945.

Jaguar has produced many exciting sports cars and luxury saloons, often pioneering innovative technology, and always striving for good value.

One might single out the XK engine in the 1940s, the racing success in the 1950s and the award winning XJ saloon in the 1960s as particular highlights, but of course everyone will have their favourite Jaguar moments.

Despite many upheavals in the British motor industry over the last 50 years the company continues its tradition of luxury and performance today!

Nigels fathers SS Jaguar
Nigels fathers SS Jaguar
Nigels 1958 Mark VIII manual/overdrive saloon
His 1958 Mark VIII manual/overdrive saloon


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