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"The Gathering"

clock March 5, 2015 18:07 by author Neville |
50 years (almost to the month) after similar events took place in Jaguar's Competition Department, work continues apace on my exact recreation of Jaguar's 1966 XJ13 Le Mans Prototype. GT40s ..... move over!"© 2015 Neville Swales On Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 I was privileged to be joined by member... [More]

Sand Casting XJ13 Bellhousings

clock February 9, 2015 14:46 by author Neville |
Spent a very enjoyable and informative morning watching the first of my XJ13 bellhousings being sand cast. Having decided to produce a limited run of "customer cars" built using the same tools, techniques and the same meticulous level of detail as the first car, I needed to have a batch of bellhousi... [More]

Then and Now ...

clock January 27, 2015 08:08 by author Neville |
The year is now 2015 and my car is approaching its "rolling chassis" stage - mirroring events of 50 years ago in Jaguar's Competition Department. It was then 1965 and William Heynes, Jaguar's Engineering Director still had hopes of seeing the car on track to contest that year's Le Mans endurance rac... [More]

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]