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    Ok Guys,

    It's a Friday and time to update you with where we are with our event

    It has been a remarkably busy week considering it is almost a year until our next event

    We have extended our 'all year round' advertising from just the 'Friday Ad' to 'Friday Ad', 'FreeAds', and 'Gumtree', paying for a weblink on the Gumtree advertising to make it easier for people to access us directly from the advert.

    Our events Facebook friends now come from as far afield as North America, Finland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain & France to name a few.

    We have started promoting the option for attendees travelling longer distances without their Jaguar, to team up with British Jaguar drivers on the day so they can still have a full on Jaguar experience with us.

    We have had a good response overall, from our 2019 event sponsors with quite a number of them re-signing for 2020, and are in discussions currently with North America Jaguar Clubs, some additional new specialist companies in the UK, the Rotary Club in Dorking, and we are even seeing if we can work with the Jaguar Experience team at the Jaguar factory. As always only a percentage of everything in progress will be successful.. but (as always) I am on the case and quite persistent lol especially for win-win situations which these all are

    Our Scratchshield promotion has finished but we do wtill offer an attendee discount on the incredible Bag-World bespoke luxury luggage for your Jaguar.

    And finally, not only has our event website been smartening up but you may have noticed a new section appearing called 'Features' This area will give you the lowdown on some incredible specialist companies and what they can offer you, which in some cases, you like me will be unaware of.

    Please consider signing up for our event - all the sign up info you need is on the 'Our 2020 Event' page at the event website - we have an incredible event for you, and in the meanwhile you are very, very welcome to keep up to date with us, with the changes, improvements and more as we develop them, and don't forget the Christmas competition coming up too, free for attendees to sign up for

    Here are the stats so far for you:

    Our website is getting busier, with far more use being maqde of it as an information source for both attendees and potential attendees
    Our event Twitter feed now has 594 followers
    Our event Facebook page has 683 friends
    Our event Instagram feed has 281 followers
    We have 12 incredible sponsors signed up so far
    We already have 3 trade stands booked up
    We have two UK clubs affiliated with us to-date

    Please find the current details of our 2020 event below - noting that it is subject to change as we go due to a raft of improvements and changes we are currently working on for you.

    Attendees:

    001 Steve Sheldon 2007 S-Type 2.7TD SE (via direct) + 2
    002 Marisca Urbanus-Van Honaard 1972 XJ6 (via Facebook) + 2
    003 Steve Slight 2002 XKR (via Facebook) + 1
    004 Jane Weitzmann 1994 XJ220 (via Facebook) + 1
    005 Andrew Burridge 2016 F-Type Manual (via Email) + 2
    006 F.E. Woodford RVO MBE 2015 XJ Portfolio 3.0 (via email) + 2
    007 Martyn East 2001 XK8 (via Facebook) + 2
    008 Phil Norton 2008 XJR (via JagChat) + 3
    009 Richard Stacey 2003 S-Type R (via PayPal) + 1
    010 David Swaine 1998 XJ8 3.2 Auto (via PayPal) + 2
    011 George Boardman 2016 XF 2.0D Portfolio (via Paypal) + 2

    Jaguars: 11 Attendees: 20
    (Countries represented: UK, The Netherlands)


    Sponsors:

    ScratchShield - The bucket filter system
    Leather Repair Company - Putting Life Back Into Leather
    Robornes - The Surface Protection Experts for your Jaguar
    Simply Performance - Jaguar Performance Parts Specialists
    BagWorld -Bespoke Bags & Luggage for your Jaguar
    Harwoods Jaguar - Harwoods Jaguar Brighton
    Classic Motor Monthly - The Best for Real Enthusiasts
    Haynes Manuals - See Haynes, See How
    JagChat.net - The World of Jaguar Chat
    Simply Performance - Specialists in Secondhand Spares & Performance Parts for your Jaguar
    Julian Ferraro Jaguar Specialists - Independent Jaguar Service & Repair On All Models
    Autoglym - Passion for Perfection

    Trade Stands:

    DesignCats - The Big Cat Workshop
    Simply Performance - Specialists in Secondhand Spares & Performance Parts for your Jaguar
    Julian Ferraro Jaguar Specialists - Independent Jaguar Service & Repair On All Models


    Club/Forum Stands/Representation:

    JaguarForums.com
    JagChat.net

    Presentation Slots on the day:

    Event Organiser - Presentation of awards, Numbers drawn for Prize Draw, and closing speech


    Awards on the day:

    The Scratchshield Best Turned Out Jaguar Shield


    Attendee Accomodation:

    Holiday Inn Express London Gatwick Crawley, Haslett Avenue East,Crawley,West Sussex, RH10 1UA.


    Official Event Photographer:

    TBC


    Press coverage:

    TBC


    Credits:

    Mark Lambourne - Trophy Support
    DesignCats - Layout & Marshalling
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Over the course of the weekend, our event was picked up on Facebook by a number of people, and has since picked up a huge following

    I have been struggling to keep up with things, and we have now gone from just over 600 Facebook friends to over 1600 Facebook friends in 48 hours, and the figure is still climbing as I type.

    If you have friended our event on Facebook, and I have not got back to you to say Thankyou, I apologise.. it does not mean I am ignoring you, I have just been overwhelmed by the numbers that I am dealing with.

    A massive thankyou to everyone for choosing to friend our event and keep in touch with what we are up to - I genuinely appreciate it.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Ok, It's Friday and time for an update on how we are doing with our event.

    The biggest news this week is our event's Facebook account! It has grown from just over 600 friends to over 2,200 with most of the growth over a 48 hour period. It has been incredible! Thankyou so much to everyone who chose to friend our event and get involved.

    We have our first club allocated area request in, and you can now meet JEC East & West Sussex at our next event with their own area there. I have also made contact with a number of other UK clubs to see if I can interest them in Club Allocation Areas, Affiliations, or Club stands for the day.

    Additionally we have received a donation via the events Paypal account which in view of peoples comments about our event signage, I am going to put towards replacing our signs for 2020. I know our signs were not as good as you guys really needed in order to get into the event smoothly so hopefully this will help ease that for you.

    As you know our event constantly runs either just meeting its running costs, or at a loss, so for me it is a huge, absolutely huge thing that it now has enough support to start giving everyone the experience that they want.. a massive thankyou goes out to the person who made the donation, the support of our attendees, and everyone who has signed up to get involved whether it be friending us, registering for our next event, or getting involved in any of the many ways there are that you can. Without your support we wouldn't have the event we have, or finally be in the position where you can have the best possible Jaguar experience with the event. THANKYOU!
    Last edited by SteveSheldon; 21-06-19 at 11:06.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    A massive thankyou goes out to our event Patron Frank Woodford MBE for this donation towards our signage, helping us to give you an even better experience for 2020.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Ok, what's happening currently with our event?

    Our Facebook following has really picked up in the USA, with a lot of interest in our event from everyone there that loves British Jaguars. A massive Thankyou to everyone for their support.

    One Jaguar club in America is happy being associated with us, I am working on getting the details in place, but it is taking a while to organise so details to follow as and when I get them.

    We are promoting the option for non UK Jaguar owners to team up with British Jaguars attending - it will take a while for this to have any impact on non UK owners, but it does offer them another option for attending.

    Discussions with the Rotary Club in Dorking, regarding their possible involvement with our event are ongoing. More info to come on this as soon as I know more.

    I am part way through obtaining the quotes I need for our improved signage - we will have a large banner at the entrance to Denbies for 2020, and logo'd signs in Denbies pointing the right way to ensure you can enter the main event without issue.

    I am currently waiting on the Features of specialist companies for you.. please keep an eye on our event website at www.solidlinux.co.uk for when they appear.

    I am very aware that our Twitter & Instagram feeds are quiet currently, and they should be continuing with the level of activity you guys expect, but I can only be in so many places at any one time and have prioritised what we are progressing at this moment in time.

    Thankyou again to absolutely everyone for your involvement with our event - I really do appreciate your help whether it be just following or friending us, or any of a number of ways you can be more involved with us - without you we would not have the incredible grassroots Jaguar event that we have.
    Last edited by SteveSheldon; 28-06-19 at 13:40.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Senior Member SteveSheldon's Avatar
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    Hi Guys, This years event made the July 2019 issue of Classic Car Monthly - you can find the article via the 'References' page at our event website at www.solidlinux.co.uk. A massive thankyou goes to Grant Ford for his very balanced writeup.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Ok guys - so, so much is going on with our event and everything

    I have managed (despite our event lol) to get my usual family holiday manual written with a few weeks to spare - it contains a list of places to visit near where we will be based, with distances, car parking etc etc so I am hopefully out of the doghouse a little about the event taking up all my time

    The event has started to be picked up more by clubs and Jaguar owners outside the UK, and I am trying to encourage them to get involved with our event in any of a number of ways..as I genuinely feel that this will allow us to do even more with our event in the years to come - especially with our TENTH anniversay event coming up in 2021. Yep, I am planning long term here

    I am waiting to hear back from Purple Signs regarding our signage - I am sure they need more from me than I have been able to supply so far, so will give them until next week, and then get in contact to see what more needs to be done from my end to enable them to do this for us. These signs will make it much easier for you guys to find your way in on the day, and are professional signs taking us a good few levels up from what we have been working with so far for you.

    I am going to keep working on the publicity side of our event through the summer, hopefully sorting our revised itinerary for the day, by the end of August, before I start work on our Christmas competition.

    An absolutely massive thankyou to everyone involved with our event - without you guys I would have no chance of managing what we have done so far, let alone what is on the go for our 2020 event
    Last edited by SteveSheldon; 03-07-19 at 13:10.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    OK it's a Friday & still so, so much going on here!

    Our events Twitter feed now has an incredible 600 followers, and our event Facebook page now has almost 3000 people from all around the planet watching our event!

    The event website is still very much a 'work in progress' with loads more information yet to go online, but in the past week has been quite heavily hit not just by UK Jaguar owners, but also owners from Australia, USA, Austria, and China..

    I am in the middle of negotiations with four companies that may be getting involved with our next event, including some companies you may not expect, but are nonetheless heavily involved with Jaguars.

    I have heard nothing back from the company that is looking to produce our new event signage, so will be making contact with them next week with some additional design ideas hoping to be able to move forward with this & get it completed, and one task at least off the list.

    As you likely know, our event now has a patron in Frank Woodford MBE - he has assisted us with a donation towards the cost of our event signage, and is helping keep me on track with regular prods in the directions I should be working.. lol.. I don't take too well to being directed.. but with his help we are much more on top of the two year plan for our event than we would have been with just me working on things - remembering that we are building up to our tenth anniversary event!

    You may also know, that at the first event, I was very much against going to the trouble of organising another one, but thought I would give it a go.. and here we are not far from our tenth event! This has only happened because of the incredible support the event has had from everyone! When I have had lulls , you guys have encouraged me to move forward, when I have expected just me and tumbleweed everyone has turned up, even when there was storms and flashfloods all over the south east UK so many more people turned up than I expected. The Jaguar trade, and clubs & forums have all been incredible in their support of our event, and I just hope that our ninth and then tenth anniversary events manage to exceed our expectations

    Thankyou for everyones support - I genuinely appreciate it!
    Last edited by SteveSheldon; 13-07-19 at 15:17.
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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    Just a quick update with some good news for our 2020 event.....

    Please join me in welcoming Jaguar Parts 24/7 to our event as an incredible new sponsor.

    They specialise in parts for the XJ40, XJS, X300, X308, XJ6, XJ8, XJ12, XJ81 Double Six, S-Type & X-Type Jaguars.

    Please, please mention our event if contacting them

    Additionally there are three further potential sponsors I am in final negotiations with - more news to come on these as I go - but you may be surprised at the range of companies that are associated with Jaguars that are now coming onboard with us

    Our event ethos is that anyone from any background or walk of life is welcome at our event - you just need a Jaguar.. it is exactly the same with potential sponsors

    Jaguar as both a brand, and as the luxury cars we love, are central in so many businesses and roles.. so I am working on introducing them to us, and us to them, extending what we know of Jaguar to so much more

    Please bear with me with this.. it is very much a work in progress (as is everything we are up to lol) but I promise to try to introduce you to aspects of Jaguar you would never normally even consider or think of at our next event!
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    Jaguar S-Type 2.7TD SE 2007
    89,000 miles - Purchased April 2017
    Formerly:
    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 1998
    75,000 miles - Purchased April 2015, sold February 2017
    Jaguar X-Type 2.5 Classic (manual 5sp. all wheel drive) 2002

    110,000 miles, Purchased Sept 2012, Sold Oct 2016

    Jaguar XJ8 Sport 3.2 1998

    190,000 miles - Purchased March 2012, Engine overheated July 2012


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