Area Representative – Alastair Scott, New Zealand (South Island)

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Alastair-ScottI’ve been a ‘petrolhead’ for as long as I remember, although my working life has been associated mainly with rotating equipment and principally steam turbines. However, I blame my father for my love of Jaguars. The family car was a MkVIIM and it was the car in which I got my driving licence – so rather vivid memories. Over the years I’ve owned a succession of Jaguars, Mk2s, E-types, S-types and in recent times an XK 150S and XK 120. Some I restored, but mostly I’ve just enjoyed driving them. Christchurch roads aren’t yet the smoothest (following our devastating earthquakes), but they are improving and our rural roads are second to none: New Zealand is a great driving country.


Alastair Scott: Christchurch. Phone  +64 3 3323291. Mobile   +64 21 533944. Email: 

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XK Day November 2016

Hello from Christchurch New Zealand.

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With an excellent range of old and new XKs in our local Jaguar Club I thought it would be good to get as many as possible out for a day, although Jaguars of any model were welcome. Our local club has about 120 members with the full range of models from an SS1 through to the latest F Type represented.

We are indeed fortunate here in New Zealand that the XK model is also well represented. I was once told that there is more of the original model XKs per head of population in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world. How true that is I cannot prove.

photo by Jenny ReeveOn the day, after some anxious moments over the expected bad weather, the sun was shining.   A local community club offered their car park for our meeting place, where we had a display of thirty three cars. The oldest was a 1950 XK120 Roadster, and the newest a 2016 F Type Coupe.

At the display the sight of an XK120, two 140s six 150s, six E Types, four later XK8s, two XJSs and three F Types was a joy to see, so twenty three of the thirty three cars that took part were sports cars.

Our local Jaguar dealer in Christchurch, Archibald Jaguar, provided us with a V12 E Type Roadster and a new F Type Coupe for the display and the following run.

photo Jenny ReeveFrom the display venue thirty cars travelled south and towards Banks Peninsula, up and over a low hill pass – Gebbies Pass, and onto to a well-known park bordering Lyttelton Harbour for a picnic lunch. If you are ever in this area of New Zealand, Orton Bradley Park is well worth a visit. The park is a working farm with large areas set aside for camping and picnicking. There are good facilities, a recently opened café, historical buildings and equipment plus various walks to enjoy. The Café staff dress in period Victorian costume, so another treat.IMG_1757

Our picnic site was very sheltered with wonderful surrounding trees and a grassed area. The weather stayed fine, a very pleasant afternoon relaxing and of course discussing Jaguars.

As 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the release of the XK120 at the London Motor Show, I hope that at the next Jaguar NZ Rally Easter 2018, we are rewarded with an excellent turnout of the XK model.

Ron Reeve

XK Club Member

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