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The Jaguar Comes Out Of Hibernation.

by Anura Guruge


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I am pretty sure that this is the latest it has hibernated. I am sure that I usually drive it in March — April, provided that there is no snow on the ground.

Well, this year was different. I was cooler for a start & we had the stay at home. There was nowhere to go in it.

I had it on a Schumacher trickle-charger while it hibernated. I have 3 of these chargers. One for each of my British cars. It works great. Started first time. No hesitation. Bang. That made me happy.

The pictures, quite nicely, hide all the dust on the car. Will put it through a car wash soon.

Well, Summer must be here. Now to get the other Jag out of hibernation.


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My Jaguar XJ8 Is Still Good (& V12 XJS Is ‘OK’) BUT I Can’t Help Lusting After This One.

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My 2002 XJ8 in Fall 2019 BEFORE I mothballed it for the Winter.

It is ready to be sprung free. Had the battery on a good trickle-charger.

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My 1989 V12 XJS in Fall 2019 BEFORE it too was mothballed it for the Winter.

Also on a good trickle-charger, but this one needs to be registered. SMILE.


Wow, I haven’t bought a Jag in 5-years! Wow. I am impressed with myself.

I would NOT get rid of the XJ8 unless it was totally & utterly kaput. It is a lovely car — aesthetically and it hasn’t given me too much grief on the mechanical side. But, that can change. Yikes. My plan is to nurse it along as long as I can.

I haven’t looked for Jags online for years — ok, maybe for ‘months’. Just had a quick look. There are Jags out there for I. So, I am OK.

SMILE.


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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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