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Seeing This Burnt Jaguar In The Australian Bushfires Was Upsetting.

by Anura Guruge


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Saw it on Facebook.


Yes. Yes. Yes. I know. I don’t need to be told. I am only semi-stupid, not totally. I understand and appreciate that in the scheme of things a burnt up Jag is the least of the problems facing the Australians with these raging bushfires.

That said and noted, it is still distressing to see, what must have been a rather nice Jag, XJ8 or XJ12, destroyed. Another one, alas, bites the dust.

The reason I have two is that I am trying to preserve them for posterity. Enough said.


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CA Route 130 The ONLY Way To Go From San Francisco To Yosemite.

by Anura Guruge


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Route 130 from San Jose across Mount Hamilton to Patterson (CA) just off Interstate 5. From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE.


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Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Route_130

Wikipedia entry for Route 130.
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Google Maps view of some of the route. Click to ENLARGE. You can see the twists and turns.


I have so far been lucky enough to drive this amazingly scenic and exhilarating route thrice; once West-to-East in 1992 and in both directions in April of this year — coming back East-to-West thanks to Teischan, who like I loved it, and insisted that we come back on it.

To me this is the ONLY way to go to Yosemite from the San Francisco area. Just sets you up, so nicely for what is to come.

I used to go to San Jose often during 1992 to 2000. I would always see this beautiful observatory (the ‘Lick‘), with iconic white domes, way up on the hills. I wanted to go there. That is how I found Route 130. Then in September 1992, after delivering a 3-day seminar for Cisco in San Jose, we were going to drive to Yosemite for a vacation. I chose to use 130 given that I was already in San Jose and the route started just there. Loved it. I was driving a rental Lincoln Continental that time. I did make the mistake of setting off without a full tank of gas. That was a mistake. Though end-to-end, San Jose to Patterson is only around 54 miles, all the hairpin bends and the steep climbs — 4 of them — does a job on your fuel economy, especially in a big, heavy V8 like the Lincoln. In April I was driving a rental, fairly new 4WD Nissan Pathfinder. I filled up with gas on Alum Rock Avenue just before setting off.

Driving the Pathfinder on 130 was an absolute joy. That was why I wanted to get one — though we ended up, instead, with a Nissan Quest.

Every car manufacturer should use this route as a way to showcase their cars. I would love to drive it again, at least one, before I die — ideally in a Jag.

West-to-East, the first half, up to the Observatory is absolutely picturesque. You also get to see some expensive, multi-million dollar mansions. The second half, especially the last 20 miles is tranquil beyond description. Mainly flat pastoral land, horses, small streams, lots of greenery — extremely peaceful and quiet.

You really have to drive it. Weekends, as we found out, tend to be a tad crowded, though it is not bad. Lots of cyclists, motorbikes and even joggers. But we came back mid-week, on a Thursday. Hardly met anybody! Beautiful.


This piece from “motorcycleroads.us” sums it up nicely.

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Thanksgiving Eve Sunset — Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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In Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S. — on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Thanksgiving Eve.

Taken around 4pm from Brewster Academy looking towards Belknap Mountains (Gunstock) across majestic Lake Winnipesaukee.

 

I took this picture with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.


Kissing Jaguars In Wolfeboro, N.H.

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In Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — the ‘Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S. — on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Thanksgiving Eve. In the N.H. Liquor Store parking lot.

The Burgundy Jaguar XJ8 on the right is OURS.

 The silver Jaguar belonged to a rather elegant lady who pulled up and parked opposite us — and did not even realize that there was another Jaguar there. It was a 2005 XJR.

I took this picture with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.


Lucas ‘Engine Oil Stop Leak’ For The 1989 V-12 Jaguar XJS.

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Click to access the Lucas Oil product page for this ‘stop leak’. I bought the gallon from Amazon and had it shipped, ‘Free’, thanks to my Amazon Prime.


Of course my Jaguar XJS leaks, not much, but it does leak. Yes, I knew that when I bought it. But from what I hear it is pretty hard to find a V-12 XJS that does not leak. So it is a question of finding one that doesn’t leak excessively.

Paul Bousquet.

When I took it in for it ‘full’ shake-down at ‘B-Boys‘, in Barnstead, N.H., by master mechanic Paul Bousquet, he steamed cleaned the block and had a good look at the leak. Told me it wasn’t worth fixing it because there was at least 12 hours of labour to try and do it properly. And I trust Paul. So I have been putting a little bit of oil every few weeks or so. That said, I have probably put 100 miles on the XJS in the last 2 months. So it doesn’t get driven much.

Then, this last Saturday, we visited (as we are wont to do of late), Kati & Gordon Preston in Barnstead, with my son Matthew. The Prestons, by any measure, are AMAZING people. Gordon, a fellow Brit, is a very proficient and creative, British-qualified engineer. Plus he drives Land- and Range-Rovers. He told me about the Lucas ‘Stop Leak’ and how he uses it in his latest Range Rover. Plus it is Lucas. As soon as I got home I ordered a gallon. It just came. Haven’t put it in. BUT, wanted to share with you. Don’t think it will totally stop the leaks. But if it slows them down I will be very happy. Oh, a gallon from Amazon cost $31.29.


It Is Still Topless Weather In New Hampshire — October 7, 2015

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

I had to pick-up Teischan from school at 4pm — she was doing after-school yoga. She likes the XJS. She claims that it is her car given that Devanee owns the MGB. So she likes it if I come and pick her up in the XJS. I try to oblige. It was 68°F (20°C). I wore some fleece since in my old age I do feel the cold and these cars generate their own wind chill.

My goal is to keep the XJS topless as long as possible. Definitely into November. We took the MGB out, topless, on December 30, 2014. Not sure I would do that with the XJS. 

Beautiful day. I took some pictures of foliage using Devanee’s old Samsung. These pictures were taken, in between those of the foliage, on Route 28, when I would park and walk around to get the angles I desired. I didn’t want to take my Lumix FZ1000 out. Still ‘babying it’ given that it is just over a week old.


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