As July rolls to an end “back east” the west coast always beckons. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Monterey Historic races, Concorso Italiano and a group of auctions events second to none draw automotive aficionados of many flavors to the Monterey Peninsula come mid -August. Interest and entry among the race group has been a tad light this year so trucker extraordinaire, Harvey Thompson gets a good portion of August off for a change. We’ll not be sending one of our tractor trailers out this time around, but the restoration shop is busy preparing one of the first alloy bodied Jaguar XK120s for exhibit at Pebble Beach. These are interesting cars, they are truly hand or coach built unlike the production based cars that followed. Sir William Lyons creation was well ahead of it’s time in both appearance and engineering. Jaguar needed this car in the public eye to be sure they had a winner and what better tool than a small production run of hand built alloy examples. The rest is history as the first exhibit of the car at the Earls Court Motor Show clearly conveys. The public and the press concurred; it took years for production to match demand.
Back to the matter at hand; Peter and Pebble Beach and one very special Jag. We have been to Pebble beach several times with Peter Kalikow and various Ferrari models. Peter has opted to leave the Ferraris at rest in 09 and take this Jag west. Chief technician Charlie Webb is hard at work making sure Peter’s machinery will both look and work just as it should. Both the event tour and Concours exhibit are on the schedule. Peter, Charlie and our crew work together testing and sorting to do all they can to insure a more than respectable level of aesthetic and road use perfection. All comes together on target and on time. The Intercity truck picks up a Jaguar XK120 right on time for the trip west. Peter with collection manager Mark Aglora make the trip west meeting son (and California resident Nicholas once west. All find ARI’s Charlie Webb busy seeing to all to insure this special ride is just right. The tour comes off without a hitch with Peter really enjoying the drive in this great old machine. Sunday’s Concours finds the effort rewarded with a 2nd in class and most importantly an enjoyable experience for all involved. Our thanks to all the organizers for another terrific event and especially cousin Duncan Bain who works behind the scenes and as a class host year after year. The pictures tell the story.