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Classic car shows not to miss in 2015

Planning a year of motoring-based merriments? Look no further than our definitive guide to the best classic car shows in 2015.

Darling Buds Classic Car Show, Darling Buds Farm, Kent – 5 July 2015

Now in its 20th year, this classic show boasts the friendliest atmosphere of all motoring events. An estimated 900 plus pre-1990 classic vehicles are expected in 2015, making it one of Kent’s most popular annual events. This exclusive location was used in the making of television’s much loved series The Darling Buds of May. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Silverstone Classic, 24-26 July 2015

 Silverstone classic

Firmly established as one of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festivals, and now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the mouth-watering line-up for the 2015 Silverstone Classic will feature non-stop racing action all weekend. Concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings provide a great live music experience.

Status Quo will be performing as the Saturday night headliner – sure to get you rocking all over the world. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Goodwood Revival, The Goodwood Estate, Chichester – 11-13 September 2015

Goodwood

This sell-out event is a magical step back in time, celebrating the halcyon days of motor racing, with all the accompanying spectacle and glamour of the era. Competitors and spectators alike dress in period fashions, with the finest sights and entertainment of the pre-1966 era. For more information and to get tickets, click here.

The Footman James, Classic Car Show Event City, Manchester – 19-20 September 2015

This show provides the national and regional classic motoring community with a fitting autumn showcase in one of the very best new indoor exhibition spaces in the UK. Whilst playing host to an incredible array of vehicles, ranging right through the ages, the show also offers a range of exciting activities and rip-roaring live action.

Located in close proximity to the world-class shopping, dining and entertainment facilities of the Trafford Centre, it’s the perfect weekend away for any classic car enthusiast. Click here for more information and to get tickets.

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham – 13-15 November 2015

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in the UK. With over 1700 cars from all eras, showcasing a myriad of marques and future classics, bringing together the whole motoring spectrum in this unique annual celebration of motoring.

The show also hosts the single biggest gathering of UK companies and traders in the market, offering every conceivable product and service to the classic car enthusiast. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Arrive in style

Arrive in style to all the classic car shows in a fully restored Jaguar XJS. Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we can help you design the specification for your classic Jaguar XJS car. For more information call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Exciting new feature for KWE’s website: what’s in our workshop now?

We’ve added a brand new feature to our website this week, allowing you the opportunity to follow the progress of cars currently being resurrected in our workshop.

Simply follow the ‘work in progress’ link from our home page and you’ll be able to share the owners’ enjoyment and anticipation as you view each stage of the cars’ transformation.

Before and after

As each project takes shape, we’ll describe what we are doing and take plenty of images so you can watch as the cars are given a new lease of life.

We hope you enjoy this new ‘window’ into our workshop here at KWE.

Christmas gift ideas for classic car enthusiasts

As this year’s festivities begin to roll out once more, it’s time to get that Christmas shopping done and dusted. If you’ve got a motor enthusiast in your family passionate about classic Jaguar cars, then look no further. Here’s our pick of gift ideas to get your Christmas shopping on the right track.

1. Driving gloves

Driving gloves

Price: £42-£110. Available from: Dents.co.uk

For him or for her, treat a loved one to a luxurious pair of driving gloves from Dents. Perfect for those frosty winter mornings, driving gloves ensure total control behind the wheel, whilst making sure you are still the epitome of style in your prized possession.

2. Jaguar Scrapbook by Philip Porter

Jaguar scapbook

Price: £34.95 by SNG Barratt

This beautifully designed book charts the history of Jaguar since its inception in 1922 and contains plenty of previously unseen material to warrant the attention of diehard Jaguar enthusiasts.

3. Retro mug

Retro mug

Price £11.25 from SNG Barratt

Show off your love for Jaguar each time you make a brew with this stylish bone china mug from SNG Barratt. It celebrates the history of Jaguar cars in true retro style – perfect for your tea on Christmas morning!

4. Jaguar key ring

Jaguar key ring

£15 from SNG Barratt

Who wouldn’t want this key ring to go with their beautiful car? The perfect accessory for any Jaguar car owner, this circular key ring will have their heart jumping for joy.

5. Personalised number plate

Personalised number plate

Price: Varies. Available from: DVLA

Make a loved one’s prized possession even more individual – buy a personalised number plate for their car. Not only is this a unique, one of a kind gift, it also looks great when you’re out on the roads. Cost is dependent on which letter-number combination you choose.

6. A trip to Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Beaulieu

Price: £49.50 (family ticket). Available from: Beaulieu.co.uk

Beaulieu is the perfect destination for any true classic car enthusiast. With the world famous National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of classic and modern cars, Palace House, and historic Beaulieu Abbey, Beaulieu is a guaranteed great day out for the whole family.

7. A driving experience day

Track day

Price: Varies. Available from: Various experience day sites.

Fancy yourself as a budding racing driver, or know someone who does? Why not put their driving skills to the test with a track day experience? From super cars to classic motors, you are sure to find something to excite any motoring enthusiast. Track days vary in price depending on which cars are available, and for how long you choose to drive.

8. Restore a classic XJS

Jeremy

The ultimate gift! Our elves will be only too happy to assist your loved one with the restoration of a classic Jaguar car. Whether it’s rebuilding, repairing or upgrading, we’ll help design it to your personal specification. For more information about our services call 01635 30030 or visit www.kwecars.com

Merry Christmas from all at KWE Cars

Restoring a Jaguar XJS? Make it look good, inside and out

When restoring a classic car like the XJS, we think it’s just as important for the car to look and sound as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Bring a touch of luxury to the inside of your car and let us help you specify a new interior. We offer a wide selection of interior schemes and audio upgrades, including:

New leather – We’ll help you chose from plain or perforated leather in a wide range of colours, with contrasting panels and colour-keyed piping. The leather can be embossed with the Jaguar ‘leaper’, ‘XJS’ or the KWE logo.

Leather

New carpets – The carpets we provide are wool and are available with a contrasting leather edge.

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Jaguar XJS bodywork makeover – before and after video

As you know, one of the biggest potential dangers to your classic car’s wellbeing is rust. Rust can quickly take hold of a vehicle, particularly in the winter months, making your prized possession unsafe to drive.

Hot on the heels of our blog post all about rust last month, this video shows you how we were able to transform and restore this XJS Convertible back to its former glory. After rebuilding the rust decayed doors, repairing all the holes and straightening the panels, we applied our specialist rust treatment procedure to all the hidden structural box sections. We hope you enjoy the results!

Let KWE cars ensure your classic Jaguar doesn’t rust away this winter. For more information visit our website or call us on +44 (0) 1635 30030.

Eight essential tips for a solid classic car restoration

KWE Jaguar classic car restoration

Many of us dream of owning a classic car, but we don’t always consider the potential difficulties associated with restoring it back to its former glory. Without careful planning or specialist expertise, your restoration dream could turn into more of a nightmare, so we’ve compiled a list of ‘must dos’ for ensuring that your restoration project doesn’t get stuck in its tracks. (more…)