September 28, 2014 10:01 by 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]
September 2, 2014 17:33 by 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]
June 20, 2014 16:37 by 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]
March 6, 2014 11:30 by 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]
February 2, 2014 11:44 by 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]
August 25, 2013 08:43 by 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]
June 5, 2013 21:43 by Neville
On Wednesday, 5th June 2013 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme where Jonathan Glancey tells the story of one of the most talented but little known British designers, Malcolm Sayer.
The following text described the content of the programme:
"Sayer was responsible for the classic Jaguar cars, ... [More]
May 12, 2013 09:02 by Neville
In my opinion?
Let me explain ...
How did the competition look?
When I scan through reports, analyses and tests, Jaguar clearly had two cars in its sights - Ferrari's 330 P3 and Ford's GT40. In 1964 their eyes will have been on a 1966 Le Mans debut for a team of XJ13s. These cars would have rac... [More]
April 5, 2013 18:39 by Neville
The quad-cam is pretty much complete!
There are still details such as belts/pulleys/pipework to sort but these can wait until we are ready to fire up the engine for the first time. For now, the engine will be offered up to the monocoque so that engine mounting points and trailing arms etc can be fab... [More]
March 16, 2013 07:33 by Neville
Starting to come together .... :)