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Engine Startup - Full Video of the Event

clock December 1, 2014 17:38 by author Neville |
50 years ago, in 1964, Mr Jim Eastick started Jaguar's No.1 "XJ13" prototype quad-cam V12 engine for the first time in the presence of the late Mr William Heynes - Jaguar's legendary Engineering Director. 50 years later, on Thursday 30th October 2014, the same Jim Eastick started Jaguar's No.2 proto... [More]

XJ13 – A Phoenix Rises - Part 3

clock November 13, 2014 09:33 by author Neville |
#wrapper{ width:100%; float:left; height:auto; border:1px solid #5694CF;} Another in the series "XJ13 - A Phoenix Rises" as published in the JCNA (Jaguar Club of North America) Jaguar Journal. Founded in 1955, the Jaguar Journal (the World's Oldest Jaguar Magazine) is published bi-monthly by the Ja... [More]

I couldn't resist a second start of the engine ...

clock November 4, 2014 10:00 by author Neville |
Well - wouldn't you? A few pictures from last week's public startup - video to follow ...

Jaguar's Quad-Cam Roars Again

clock October 31, 2014 15:26 by author Neville |
50 years ago, Jim Eastick of Jaguar started up Jaguar's No.1 quad-cam V12 prototype engine in the presence of the late William Heynes - Jaguar's Engineering Director. Yesterday - 50 years later - Jim started up Jaguar's No.2 quad-cam V12 prototype engine in the presence of Jonathan Heynes - son of W... [More]

It Lives!

clock September 28, 2014 10:01 by author Neville |
At around 4pm on Wednesday 24th September, Jaguar's second quad-cam V12 burst into life after a slumber of almost 50 years. After the best part of a day spent gradually coaxing the engine into life, with the invaluable assistance of David Gathercole, the engine's bark finally shattered the silence -... [More]

XJ13 – A Phoenix Rises

clock September 2, 2014 17:33 by author Neville |
I was thrilled when the JCNA (Jaguar Club of North America) invited me to submit a series of articles in their magazine. Here's the first in the series .... Incidentally, the way the article was worded may give the impression that there is more than one "Original" XJ13. There has only ever been ONE ... [More]

New Team Member

clock June 20, 2014 16:37 by author Neville |
Faced with a need to produce the first SOHC V12 customer engines, Building The Legend Limited is proud to announce we have enlisted the services of ex-Jaguar engine specialist Nigel Boycott. Nigel is currently working on a 6-litre (366 cu in) SOHC Jaguar V12 for us which is being rebuilt to "better-... [More]

David Hobbs - Jaguar XJ13's Test Driver

clock March 6, 2014 11:30 by author Neville |
Hang on - I thought Norman Dewis was the XJ13's test driver? Noooo .... a common misconception but, in truth, the legendary Mr Dewis only participated in a handful of tests. Contrary to popular belief, there were no "unofficial" tests and the car was driven at all of its outings during active develo... [More]

The build continues ....

clock February 2, 2014 11:44 by author Neville |
Time I posted an update ... Family matters have meant the project has had to take a back seat but things are now back on track and progressing swiftly - family comes first after all! The dream of seeing the car on the track and squaring up to GT40s of the period takes a few steps closer - they may b... [More]

Monocoque starting to take shape ...

clock August 25, 2013 08:43 by author Neville |
Getting closer to a rolling chassis now and work is focussed on finalising fuel tanks*, gear-linkage location and bulkhead details. Work has also started on hand-forming aluminium panels for the body. The following picture shows the view from the front of the car with an original 1965 photo superimp... [More]