Jaguar Run 2017: London to Eastbourne
The 19th Annual Run got underway on Sunday morning from The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich; ending on Eastbourne sea front – there great turn out and despite a little traffic close to London, we all got there in the end.
Breakfast on arrival and well received tea and coffee by all waiting to depart. Check out Mr & Mrs H below beside their glorious blue S-Type.
We were blessed with a day of sunshine and no rain which made car spotting a joyous hooray. All the crafted precious metal was twinkling and glinting in the sun it was hard to know where exactly to start.
Parking around the College square was restricted this year and certainly no driving on the pavement was permitted. However, cars were invited to park on the square as other cars departed to start their journey to Eastbourne.
Highly prepped and polished cars began to fill the available parking areas and we must give a nod of gratitude to the High Visibility Vest Marshals for keeping everyone safe, informed and moving in the right direction!
This wonderful supercharged XFR was just so happy to see us and pose for this delightful pic.
The Old Royal Naval College provides a spectacular backdrop from which to set off and this 1980 XJ6 simply looked glorious against it.
With only a handful of original C-Types still I service we were not disappointed to see this replica C-Type at all.
This XJR has been a long time Paramount Performance Client, it was a joy to see it out with the family and enjoying the day. Roy (the owner not the car!) has been doing the London to Brighton run for over 10 years now and it’s a real family and friends day out.
We make a pose for our own picture at the starting point in our F-Type 650bhp Predator – onlookers demanding we give the throttle some welly to sound off the deep growl of the Paramount Performance exhaust system. We gave a gentle and respectable rev to please the crowd – since last year we revved the sweet-cheese-n-biscuits out of our XKR only to be told off as Church was in service…Doh!
We set of at a well, within the speed limited, and are encouraged with the directions in the route book as they seem to be significantly better than last years, we even had photos this year of landmarks, clever things.
We encounter traffic almost instantly and wondered if the E-Types would cope in the heat from the sun and slow moving traffic. They pulled through however, and we managed to grab a snapshot as the drivers were clearly concentrating on the flow of the traffic, more so that we were, and they whizz past us before we realised their lane was still moving!
We eventually clear through A2 traffic and were off.
We still have the sat nav speaking in tongues to us throughout the journey as we still not 100% sure of the route map, however, we preserver and arrive at Raystede – Centre for animal welfare; the main stop off point. We make a donation and head off to visit the alpacas enclosure, we grab coffee, cake a cheese toasty and then head back to our F-Type 650bhp Predator only to marvel once again at the E-Type parked next to us.
We set off, slightly more refreshed and Eastbourne the target!
As we seem to have abandoned the route book in favour of sight-seeing when we spot a very brilliant gold 700bhp Mercedes Benz! Obviously the occupants were enjoying a bit of ice cream enroute to admire the Jaguars on the Green! Our mag pie photography lost a bit of loyalty for a moment it seems as we found over 10 images snapped of the Merc.
Given our distractions we arrive at the finish point at the wrong end of the road, indeed it was closed off but High Vis-Vest welcomed us through with a welcome smile and nod of admiration for the motor.
We park up on white jag row and settle in to enjoying the location. Chatting blissfully to other drivers and visitors.
The day remained glorious with no rain at all and only blue sky. We are opposite the Grand and naturally pitched up for a spot of afternoon tea.
We then get a bit snap-happy and deliver you the following to enjoy.