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December 16, 2016 - Christmas Dinner & Awards Night
December 16 emerged bitte cold and winter white...the traditional backdrop to our annual seasonal festive gathering. Thanks to the efforts and connections of Steve Fox, 50 members and guests gathered at the elegant Ottawa Golf & Hunt Club for a sumptuous dinner and annual presentation of awards to departing executive members, founding members and the winner of the Bent Piston technical trophy.
We were particularly pleased to welcome Jaguar Ottawa stalwarts general manager, Mark Weisbrod and servicing manager Carlo Spinello and Christine as our guests. In addition, we had extended special invitations to recognize two of the club’s founding members; Dave Boon (member no 11) and Ernie Bayliss (member no 13). Unfortunately, Ernie wasn’t able to attend but Dave and wife Frances joined us.
The evening got underway with a meet and greet gathering followed by the excellent buffet dinner with chef-cut prime rib and festive turkey. With desserts and coffee, president Dave Kenny rose to acknowledge our special guests and presented a plaque to Dave Boon for his 30 years of membership and service to OJC. Prez Dave also thanked departing treasurer Steve Fox and introduced his replacement, Roy Fjarlie. Finally, he announced the winner of this year’s Bent Piston award, Bryan Murphy, who was unfortunately not in attendance. (Ernie Bayliss and Bent Piston winner Bryan Murphy will receive their awards at an event later this year - editor).
Table chat continued long after the dinner’s conclusion perhaps in an effort to delay the inevitable departure into the cold evening. All in all a very successful event. Many thanks to Steve Fox for the arrangement at a superb location.
October 15, 2016 - Fall Drive to Calabogie
Saturday, 15 October dawned clear with a nip in the air but a promise of a super fall day. Nine club cars assembled on March Road for our traditional drive to enjoy fall’s colours with the added bonus of a lunch invitation from Tony and Eloise Jeffries at their alpinestyle chalet beside the Calabogie Peaks ski hill. Local residents Ray and Bonnie Newson offered to organize and lead the meandering drive westward passing through the picturesque villages of Appleton and Clayton with a coffee stop in historic Almonte.
The sun broke through as we left Ottawa and the golden light turned the spectacular display of leaves fluorescent oranges, reds and yellows. The smooth and winding roads were a treat with our guidesensuring a brisk pace. To add to the fun, they had also prepared a route questionnaire to keep the navigators busy. Shortly after noon we arrived Chez Jeffries. With memories of a similar event two years ago under much colder conditions, many wore heavy jackets with blankets and scarves in tow. This year however, the bright sun warmed the back yard significantly, with the extra clothing being shed in quick time and the outdoor fire more for atmosphere than function.
Tony and Eloise had prepared wonderful hardy fare for lunch; ham and pea soup, stew and chilis of various heats. Attendees added to the bounty with a wide variety of salads and desserts. Jeffries’
neighbours popped over to meet the visitors and the afternoon passed quickly in pleasant conversation and with outdoor games. All too soon, the rapidly setting sun and cooling air stirred everyone and the group was quickly on its way home. All in all, a truly super fall colours drive and lunch.
Sincere thanks to Tony and Eloise for their hospitality and scrumptious food and Ray and Bonnie for getting us there via a very enjoyable drive.
November 13, 2016 - AGM
November means that winter is nigh but also that it’s time for our Annual General Meeting. Dragging members out to what is essentially a board meeting is much like voluntarily attending the Spanish Inquisition so your devious Executive comes up with new and novel ways to entice folks out. This year we organized a brunch with the AGM at St Anthony’s Banquet Hall. The 27 attendees were pleasantly surprised by the superb food (best commercial scrambled eggs ..ever..) and the excellent meeting facilities. The turnout was somewhat disappointing but the agenda ran through smoothly and sufficient volunteers stepped forward to keep the OJC running for another year. The Minutes of the Meeting are available on the website.
December 7, 2016 - Tech Visit - General Autoglass & Upholstery
Member Guy Goodman has been renovating his 1968 E-type OTS over time and recently he decided that the somewhat tatty seats needed a makeover. He approached General Auto Glass and Upholstery in Ottawa (870 Clyde Avenue). Through the efforts of our Tech Coordinator Phil Karam, the club was nvited to their facility before Christmas to check out the results. The upholstery section is run by father and son Sarcus and Mike who have extensive experience.
Entering the main shop, there are numerous poster-sized pictures on the wall displaying the wide variety of work they have undertaken. Once in the work area, we saw the completed E-type seats. Guy had selected a flat black leather finish and the results were exceptional. Of particular note, the seats were rebuilt from scratch, no kits were used which is the usual method. As a result, the seats were entirely leather–covered as opposed to the leather seat facings with vinyl trim from the factory. The rebuild included new seat foam.
The shop owner Rob plus Sarcus and Mike answered numerous questions apart from the actual cost, although Rob indicated each seat required a full hide which cost about $700, with labour to be considered on top. They also have extensive experience installing convertible tops, although in that instance they work with kits. Be sure to check out Guy’s impressive new seats next driving season
September 22, 2016 - 1st Annual Growler Cup
There is the Stanley Cup, the Ryder Cup and now… the Growler Cup. Despite two date changes and last minute drop-outs, the inaugural test of OJC golf supremacy finally took place on 22 September, with eleven members bashing the little white balls around Anderson Links. The three teams playing a best ball/scramble format completed the nine holes under graying skies, with the first sprinkles of rain holding off until the final hole for Team 3. Along the way, there were two challenges (other than finding your ball) for Closest to the Pin and the Longest Drive.
The all-ladies Team 2 comprised Jean Dunlop, Bonnie Newson, Sandy Fox and Jane Morrison with Team 1 including Ray Newson, Steve Fox, Dave Batten and Hugh Siddons and Team 3 Merv Clarke, Don Morrison and yours truly along as team mascot and occasional golfer.
With the group gathered in the clubhouse for dinner and refreshments after play, the scores were talliedwith team 3 winning the “prestigious and impressive” Growler Cup by one stroke ahead of team 1 and team 2, a close two strokes back. The Closest to the Pin award went to Jean Dunlop while Steve Fox got the prize for thumping a ball the furthest. Although we neglected to officially recognize it, Hugh Siddons easily won the “Classic Golfer” award for playing with his genuine 1890 vintage .. putter. The day ended with good natured ribbing and much humour over dinner with the overwhelming consensus that this has to be an annual event. A special thanks to Jean Dunlop for the idea and organizational help, to the majority of participants who were first timers or very occasional golfers for making it a super day…and to the “real” golfers for putting up with us.
Note: No golf karts were harmed or destroyed in the making of this golf tournament.
October 1, 2016 - Oktoberfest & Picnic
The second annual Fall Oktoberfest Drive on 1 October under the auspices of “Eurocars” was again hosted by the Mercedes Benz Club with participation by the clubs for Porsche, BMW, Rolls Royce/Bentley and OJC. meeting at Lincoln Fields, the drive wound its way through the Ottawa parkways before arriving at the Almrausch German Club in east end Carlsbad Springs. Following a natter and brief show ‘n’ shine the various club members tucked into a sumptuous German lunch with all the trimmings (prosit!) A very popular event, 40 cars participated including ten from OJC. A special thanks (danke schoen!) to the Benz Boys for the invitation.
July 24, 2016 - BBQ Block Party (Ribfest Event)
The 22 July weekend marked the 200 year anniversary of Perth’s founding with a homecoming rib fest and car show. Classic cars were invited to gather on the fairgrounds, Sunday, 24 July including nine OJC Jaguars, six of which had made a group drive with light traffic and blues skies from Manotick. Our ever-busy Karen Wilson, Perth resident, club membership director and webmaster as well as a Ribfest organizer found the time to bring a 1995 VDP and greet us on arrival before whisking off to tackle other issues.
The event featured four professional “ribbers”, a beer garden with local micro brewery products, live music and a variety of vendors. With the heat approaching 30 Celsius, the OJC crew rustled up some finger-lickin’ good ribs and chicken and a few cool brews before settling down under cover to listen to the dulcet tones of live toe-tappin’ country music. A stone masons’ competition was an interesting diversion with tapping of a different sort. Corvettes provided the major contribution to the car show with 22 on site as well as an interesting cross section of domestic and imported vehicles (…my personal favourite, a 1947 Chrysler, wood paneled Town and Country convertible).
The quaint and picturesque town of Perth is known for its many popular festivals (garlic festival anyone?)and this year’s rib fest no doubt added to their success.
July 30, 2016 - Maxville Highland Games
The annual celebration of our Celtic heritage took place the last weekend of July and OJC participated in the display of British cars with six vehicles. Enjoying the sunshine and at times too much heat, the pipe bands, highland dancers and games participants kept the large crowds entertained. The vast selection of merchandise and food options added a fun fare atmosphere to the proceedings. Our cars enjoyed a pleasant and leisurely country drive to and from Maxville (weekday traffic).
August 5-7, 2016 - OJC Weekend trip “Brits on the Lake”, Port Perry
A small group of intrepid adventurers set off in the afternoon of Friday August 5 for the 2016 OJC weekend trip. Our plan was to attend the Brits on the Lake car show in Port Perry that Sunday, but taking the long route there and enjoying various non-automotive activities along the way. Our objective for Friday was Barry's Bay. Taking the standard route up highways 417 and 60 would take about 2 hours and is about 170 km from our departure point in Carleton Place. However, we had mapped out a considerably more interesting route entirely along paved back country roads, and although the travel distance was only about 25 km longer, it was probably about an hour or more longer in terms of driving time. However the roads we were on and the scenery we passed along this route were well worth it.
Complete article by Al Graves & Don Leblanc of the trip is in the September 2016 Jottings.
August 20, 2016 - Calabogie Day at the Races
Through a kind invitation from the MG Club, six Jags joined 20+ assorted MGs and Triumphs for a run to the Calabogie Motor Sport Park on 20 August. The occasion was the Ted Powell Memorial Race Weekend (the late Ted a well-known local racer and former member of OJC). Following a super drive along lightly travelled roads, we arrived in Calabogie under sunny skies and hot temps to assigned parking in the lower paddock. Shortly afterwards, we formed up behind a pace car for a couple of laps around the billiard table smooth and twisty track. While the intended speed was 50 to 60 kmh, the perception was certainl much faster, attempting to match the pace car’s correct line through the 20 corners. (..any suggestions on how to get finger dents out of the passenger side grab handle?..). All too soon it was back to parking, then lunch, a stroll around the very busy racing paddock and some spectating of the races. My personal favourites were the open-wheeled Formula 1600 (the drivers clambering into the cars looked about 15) and the one make Radical sports racers series. A perfect day concluded with a great run home through the Lanark Highlands on the curves and hills of the marvelous 511. Many thanks to Mike Price and the MG Club…we owe you one!
August 30, 2016 - Kanata Cruise Night - Hazeldean Mall
Our annual rush hour pilgrimage to the Hazeldean Mall for the “British Invasion Night” took place 30 August, featuring pleasant weather and a very strong turnout. The Jaguar contingent included 12 or more autos, easily the best represented British marque.
Following gawking and chatting amongst the eclectic and very interesting mix of conveyances, the OJC gaggle made its way to the Cheshire Cat for a noggin and a natter. The fish and chips were exceptional and plentiful (hint: one portion is more than adequate). Thanks to Don Leblanc for putting this one together.
May 29, 2016 - British Car Show & Hudson Drive
OJC cars assembled at Tim’s (where else?) in Orleans under cloudy skies for the run to Hudson PQ for the bi-annual British Car Show. Alan Graves (one half of the notorious drive guide team of Leblanc & Graves) organized and led a superb two hour run over picturesque country roads along the southern banks of the Ottawa River, arriving in the quaint English-style village of Hudson shortly before noon. The lush green show field (“common” in Brit-speak) featured around 200 of the “UK’s Finest” automobiles with many rarely seen in the Ottawa area. Masses of MGs, Triumphs and Healeys mingled with a wide variety of Jags, Loti, Rolls/Bentleys and Minis with the odd Rover, Morris, Allard and Aston Martin thrown in. Ou group of six added two more club Jags who had proceeded directly. The appearance of the Vintage UK Motorcycle Club bikes added a nice touch. The skies brightened after arriving and we enjoyed a couple of hours meandering around the assembled gems, speaking frequently with proud owners. Our return trip took us via Vankleek Hill, home of Beau’s, the successful craft beer brewery to check out their latest offerings before motoring on home. All in all, a very pleasant day over super roads perfect to stretch our automotive legs. Many thanks to Alan for the arrangements and faultless guidance. The next one is 2018, so keep it in mind to enjoy a little piece of the UK in Quebec.
June 2016 - Saying goodbye...
After 38 years, my 1952 XK120 fixed head coupe is off to a new owner in Germany. I purchased the car in Toronto in 1990 and drove it home with my wife Fadia trailing me. Its first restoration took place that year and lasted about 23 years.
A German car collector who had recently purchase my restored 1963 Mark 2, showed keen interest in the XK120, to be restored from its then white colour to silver grey with a suede green interior. In keeping with the original specification, I convinced him to add cinnamon to the seat colour… and so the work began.
Unfortunately, the gentleman passed away before seeing his XK120 completed, however his son also in Germany agreed to conclude the transaction. With the valued assistance of Chuck Robinson, the restoration was completed last fall.
The coupe took its last ride on Canadian soil via Lee Harrington’s trailer to the Montreal docks on 1 June. So fair well, dear Fixed Head. You served me well.
June 12, 2016 - Concours & Family Day
Mother Nature sneered at our club on our annual special “summer” day with a cool (alright cold) blustery wind, low threatening clouds scudding across the sky but thankfully only the odd raindrop. Being a hardy lot, this didn’t deter enthusiastic club members and 27 cars assembled on the plush grass field at the Cumberland Village Museum. While total numbers were slightly down from last year (27 vs 32), cars entered for concours judging actually increased (18 vs 11). Amongst them was visitor Steve Quilty, who like a flamingo blown off its migration route, landed in Cumberland somewhat bemused and chilled after a long trek from Orlando, Florida to have his XType Estate judged.
Complete story in the July 2016 Jottings.
June 10, 2016 - Meet & Greet
Thirty plus members gathered at Jaguar Ottawa for our traditional Friday evening “Meet ‘n’ Greet” social kickoff to the concours weekend. Inspecting the new Jaguars on display is always a highlight of the evening, this year for the first time the new small XE sedan and the F-Pace SUV as well as a scrumptious F-Type drop top. Speaking of “scrumptious”, several club ladies had prepared a variety of tasty goodies, accompanied by appropriate beverages served by our ever-amiable host and dealership general manager, Mark Weisbrod.
The gathering delved deep into animated conversation before all too soon it was time to depart. The successful evening owes a big thanks to Keitha Kenny for the food organization plus Beverley Blais, Jane Morrison, Fadia Karam, Gail Jensen, Bonnie Newson and Paddy Robertson for the superb finger food. As always, Mark at Jaguar Ottawa made us all feel very welcomed. Notwithstanding reluctance by some to accept an SUV in the Jaguar fold, more than a few were impressed by the F-Pace which is apparently even more impressive underway.
June 26, 2016 - Summer Drive & Picnic
The club’s scheduled drive and picnic for 25/26 June went ahead on the 26th although with minimal participation. The event was advertised in the recent Jottings but in fairness, the email reminder we normally send out was overlooked until the last minute, likely leaving it too late for possible participants.
In any event, under clear blue skies and sunshine, Alan and Sue Graves met up with Mike and Natalie
Dalton in Merrickville for a two car convoy down to the Charleston Lake National Park where they were joined by Wendy VanderMuelen and John Charman who stopped by while en route to Gananoque.
After a convivial lunch on the beach they left around 2 for a back roads drive to Forfar for an ice cream stop, and some amazing 5 year old Cheddar. From there it was up to Westport for a browse and an iced coffee, then over to Ashton for dinner at the pub joined by Mike's dad plus the Dalton’s young son. Thanks for putting this together Alan and we’ll try to do a better job getting the word out on time.
July 16, 2016 - All british Car Show (ABCD)
Thee annual gathering of the “Best of British” enjoyed a sunny, summer day at Britannia Beach Park on 6 July. The combined effort of the British car clubs in the Ottawa area went off successfully with near 200 cars of various marques, shapes and sizes to delight the gathered enthusiasts and public visitors. OJC contributed numerous volunteers for parking, set up, cooking and for the first time, a club stand. From past ABCD experience it’s been a bit surprising that quite a few Jag owners are not OJC members; more so that many had not heard of our club. With that in mind, we set up a club stand to get the word out and inform visitors of the many benefits to club membership. We had a good dozen folks stop by and several seemed serious about coming on board.
The Jaguar showing was good with 10 to 12 E-types and a mix of new and old sedans, coupes and a couple of classic XKs. The “best of the rest” included an Aston Martin DB6, a three wheel Morgan and a massive 1920’s Rolls Royce roadster along with an impressive cross section of MGs, Triumphs, Healeys and Loti. The intriguing one-offs included a smart Jensen Interceptor convertible, a Ford Zodiac and a Triumph Stag. Our Jaguar Ottawa dealership supported the event with a new XE small sedan and the F-Pace SUV, which drew a fair bit of interest. All in all, a very pleasant way to spend a summer day.
February - Ottawa Jaguar Club Darts 2016
Each February members of the Club participate with the Ottawa MG Club and the Ottawa Valley Triumph Club in an inter club darts tournament. The tournament this year was held in the Barrhaven Royal Canadian Legion and was hosted, as usual, by the Triumph Club under the supervision of Martin Burtt, who is the President of the Triumph Club and a member of OJC.
The tournament is preceded by a training session held at the St Anthony Club on the Monday evening prior to the tournament. The process of organization for the training session was developed and supervised by Guy Goodman and the Club-sponsored pizza was collected by Steve Fox. As usual it was a fun affair. The winners, shown in one of the attached photos with Steve Fox were Adrian Sawyer and Guy Goodman’s grandson Brian.
The inter club tournament was well attended with 14 two-person teams and the Ottawa Jaguar Club was well represented.
The day was a lot of fun and no one took themselves too seriously. The MG Club won the trophy but it was very close---the last double out took 30 minutes and both teams were shooting for double one. The runner up team in the finals was Mike O’Brien and Lee Harrington from the Ottawa Jaguar Club.
March 12, 2016 - Tech visit to Bearr’s Motorsports
A dozen members assembled for the club’s March activity which included visits to Phil Karam’s garage to check on the just-finished restoration of his XK120 coupe, a Show and Tell of services and facilities at Bearr’s Motorsports with a delicious Dunn’s smoked meat sandwich in between! PHIL’S GARAGE. The XK120 restoration chiefly involved the bodywork and interior as the engine and mechanicals were in generally good working order, requiring mainly a thorough check over, refresh and tune up. The coupe’s colour was originally white when Phil acquired it thirty years ago (below) but he opted for a classic silver gray with a two -toned leather interior, in accordance with the new owner’s wishes. Phil is an old hand at Jag restoration having already completed an XK120 roadster (lower right) and an XK140 coupe. He prides himself in using the original factory methods where possible including metal welding, riveting and lead loading where original. Photos of “before” dramatically demostrated the quality of the final product. The XK120 leaves for a new owner overseas shortly, and to be sure he/she will be most pleased with Phil’s excellent craftsmanship.
Full article in the April 2016 Jottings.
April 16, 2016 - Tech visit to Tint FX Motorsports
Warren Wong, owner of Tint FX Motorsports, and his partner Liz have many years with the detailing business and he has developed several well-proven techniques based on a simple mantra; “dirt is your car’s enemy”. This was clearly evident as Warren demonstrated two cleaning methods; the three bucket wash with water and a rinseless wa terless wash: his buckets contain two grit guards to ensure removed dirt settles on the bucket bottom, as the car is washed with soapy water, the mitt is rinsed in a rinse bucket before returning to the soap bucket. As the wash progressed, the rinse water became increasingly dirty while the wash bucket contained only clean water. Not wanting to have all the fun, Warren tasked several club members to join in the washing process using his techniques. He also demonstrated numerous commercial-grade cleaning products including wash mitts, a superb bendable wheel brush, plush micro-fibre drying towels and a proprietary detailing liquid he uses liberally for waterless cleaning and lubrication. Speaking of which, he acknowledged the general reluctance to use waterless cleaning, however he noted the significant developments driven by US areas where car washing is prohibited. “It’s all in the technique”, according to Warren who demonstrated how to safely remove the dirt without risk of damage. He did concede however that he preferred using water for significantly dirty cars.
Full article in the May 2016 Jottings.
April 23, 2016 - Spring Dinner
The club’s traditional “Welcome to Spring” took place 23 April at a new venue for the club; the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. While the weather remained on the cool and cloudy side, it was nice to see numerous Jaguars in the parking lot of the impressive club house. The cordial group of 43 were soon mingling in the elegant dining room renewing acquaintances after the enforced period of winter cocooning . The club provided an excellent buffet with a wide variety of vegetables, salads and desserts to accompany the succulent prime rib, with a surprise side of spare ribs. All in all, a very suitable start to the club’s active season. Many thanks to Steve Fox for the organization.Guy
May 14, 2016 - Spring Drive
Emerging from an interminable winter, six club Jags plus an MG club member (driving a Honda-badged pseudo Jag) ventured out under cloudy skies to clear out some car cobwebs and once again enjoy the freedom of the open road. Our tour guide, Don Leblanc (aka King of the Back Roads) put together a superb country route departing from Manotick southward with a stop in Spencerville (and super Village Pantry homemade cinnamon buns!) before wending our way to Brockville for a fascinating tour of Fulford Place, a Heritage site mansion of the Golden Age. Once the property of patent medicin multimillionaire and senator, George T. Fulford, the magnificent home, originally on 10 acres overlooking the St Lawrence River, was completed in 1901 and features 20,000 square feet of elaborate Beaux-Arts style, filled with exotic treasures brought home by the Fulfords from the four corners of the world. As the residence of a prominent business man and politician, a major function was entertaining which included virtually every prime minister up to Brian Mulroney. Now an historic house museum operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the privileged world of the early 20th century… definitely worthy of a visit. (www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ fulfordplace )
Following a recuperative lunch at Bud’s on the Bay, the drive returned northward through the pleasant Lanark countryside (with only a brief shower) before
Dart ‘n’ Pizza Night
stopping in Merrickville for a stroll and stretch then the final leg back into Ottawa. Many thanks to Don Leblanc for the meticulous planning (no one got lost!) , a very pleasant drive and enjoyable day.
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