Jaguar XK8 Seminar

Saturday, Apr 14th 2007

1st and 2nd Generation XK8s at Jaguar\'s Castle Bromwich Factory

60 members of the JEC attended the XK8 Seminar at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory on Saturday the 14th April.

Most of us had a misty drive (the younger members said it was FOG) to arrive by 9.00am although the doors were open by 8.00 for the early birds to sign in and have our name badges and folders handed to us, with coffee available to help wake us up.

The Seminar commenced at 9.00am with an introduction by Nigel Thorley – what he doesn’t know about Jaguars is probably not worth knowing! Then Mike Horley took over to explain about the JEC XK8 Forum.

At 9.15 we were then split into two groups, one to be given an overview of the XK8s by Chris Piper. The other was given a talk on the “‘Marketing of the XK8s” by Andrew Swift as well as a brief talk on parts available by Julian Barrett of SNG Barratt as well as a talk on vehicle preparation by Tony Ridge – Tony usually does the judging at the ‘Concours Events’ so he should know what he is talking about. The two groups then swapped over so no one missed out.

After a coffee interval we all went into the Theatre to be given a talk by Jason Dawe, many will remember him from Top Gear, on ‘Cars & the Trade’ giving us many tips on buying and selling cars, either from the trade or privately. I think we all learnt many a good tip, I just hope we all remember them then the time comes to sell our cars and buy another.

After lunch (and at this point I must thank the organisers for a splendid spread – I don’t think anyone went hungry), we were then split into three manageable groups, changing over at our allotted times to be shown:

  1. How to change the Jaguar XK8 timing chain tensioners.
  2. How to protect the underside of the XK8 as well as changing the gearbox oil.
  3. How the ECU diagnoses are carried out, with some members being given the opportunity to have their XKs checked and minor glitches eliminated.

The day overran the scheduled times somewhat, but we never felt rushed and eventually left at about 5.30pm.

Many thanks to all the organisers and staff for a most interesting and enjoyable day at Jaguar, I would recommend others to go on the next one.

Norman D

The XK8 used in the Austin Powers movie
A demonstration on changing timing chain tensioners
Learning how to protect the underside of an XK8 and change the gearbox oil.
Outside the Jaguar factory