The Jaguar Drivers' Club Ltd is the
original classic car club for Jaguar owners. It was formed in 1956 in
London by a group of XK enthusiasts and has developed over the years to
be one of the premier international clubs for Jaguar car supporters.
From the headquarters in Luton, full-time staff administers the main
functions of the Club. National & International events are organised
each year. A monthly full-colour magazine, the Jaguar Driver, is sent to
all main club members. For further details, see links. Regular
contributions to the magazine are made by East Midlands members.
||The JDC has a unique
structure, in that it is divided into Registers, and Areas. They
operate independently to the Main club, but with close ties and
support. The Registers provide a focus and expertise on specific
marques (e.g. E Type register), whilst the Areas provide local
support to geographical regions. For historic reasons the Areas are
numbered, and the East Midlands Area is number 31.
JDC member John Williams, of Nottingham,
founded Area 31 in 1977. Subsequent chairmen who followed were Rob
Saunders, and Gary Smith. The current chairman (and Area
representative) is Rob Bradley, who has held this position since1993.
Meeting venues have changed over the
years. Early places included the White House (now the Otter) at Kegworth,
the Dog & Duck at Shardlow, the Melbourne Arms at Melbourne, the
Priest House at Kings Mills, the Ferrers Arms at Lount, and the John Thompson Inn at Ingleby. We currently
meet at the historic Cooper Arms, Weston on Trent, where we have a dedicated room
allocated for our use. The pub has a good size car park and is in a lovely
setting by the lake.
Area 31 has a good-sized membership, with
well-attended events and activities. We may not be the biggest in the
UK, but we are one of the most active, produce an excellent monthly
Newsletter, and do provide a significant contribution to the overall
activities of the JDC.