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]

Malcolm Sayer - Aerodynamic Wizard

clock June 5, 2013 21:43 by author 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]

Original XJ13 - Would it have been competitive?

clock May 12, 2013 09:02 by author Neville |
In my opinion? Yes. 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]

First Milestone ...

clock April 5, 2013 18:39 by author 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]