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Guests of Stratstone Jaguar Stourbridge, Hanley and Wolverhampton came together for the thrilling Stratstone Motoring Experience on Sunday 19th July.

Classic Motor Cars

The day kicked off with a visit to the Classic Motor Cars restoration factory. Founded in 1993, CMC is now a leading restorer of classic Jaguars with hundreds of examples in their workshop and in storage. After a complimentary breakfast and drinks alongside legendary Jaguar models such as the Lightweight E-Type, guests were invited to explore the 40,000 sq ft facility.

The huge warehouse, painted all in white and bathed in natural light was a true treasure-trove filled with classic Jaguar vehicles. The cars on display ranged from the Pininfarina - designed XJ6 from the early 1980's to rarer cars like a Jaguar Squire which dated back to the late 1920's.

Although every car in the workshop had a story to tell, some models in particular stood out. One of these was a green 1953 Jaguar XK140, which was the only Jaguar XK140 to ever run at Le Mans in Jaguar's history. A true piece of automotive legacy, the car is currently in for restoration with plans to run it at Le Mans next year.

The tour visited every area of the workshop, showcasing how engines are fully rebuilt with bespoke parts, before all-new trim is crafted for the interior. Some vehicles, such as an Aston Martin DB5 which was a spare on the set of James Bond's Goldfinger, were stripped right down to the chassis for a full rebuild.

A stunning spectacle, the tour gave guests the chance to understand the effort and dedication that goes in to restoring each and every classic car model.

Shelsley Walsh: Classic Nostalgia

After taking in all CMC had to offer, guests finished off drinks and headed off in convoy for Shelsley Walsh. After a wet start to the morning, the sun began to break through the overcast skies and by lunchtime the sunshine was beaming down on Worcester - providing ideal driving weather for the twisting country lanes that link CMC and Shelsley Walsh together. 

Arriving just in time for their complimentary lunch from the Stratstone Restaurant that resides in the beautiful Shelsley Walsh Courtyard, guests parked up their cars in the Stratstone Enclosure. An aerial display greeted us from overhead as guests descended on the world's oldest operational motorsport venue.

Classic Nostalgia is the biggest event in the Shelsley Walsh calendar, and it certainly didn't disappoint, with a retro vibe radiating from the entire site. Nostalgic wartime songs, performed by local musicians, emanated from the courtyard whilst many adorned pre and post-war fancy dress attire to give Goodwood Revival a run for its money. A range of wartime vehicles were also on display next to the start line. It all added up to give Classic Nostalgia a warm, family atmosphere like no other.

The day was also extremely special for Jaguar, which is celebrating 80 years of the Jaguar Marque.  To commemorate the occasion, a unique line-up of road and race Jaguars were on display around the grounds, and iconic Jaguars from throughout the years also took to the hill. Cars on the hill climb included the 1987 championship winning XJR9, the XJ220 Supercar, and Ian Callum's own fully restored Jaguar Mk.II.

On display in the Stratstone enclosure were two extremely sought-after models: a C-Type Ecurie Ecosse which competed in the 1952 Le Mans, and an XKSS which is one of only 16 left in the world. The XKSS is a road-going version of the Jaguar D-Type, which were converted from race to road from the American market. Legendary race driver Derek Bell, 5-time Le Mans winner and 3-time Daytona 24 winner, was the guest of honour through the weekend and also turned his hand to the hill climb. His Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C, with its sonorous V12 engine, lit up the crowds on four runs over the day.

Guests thoroughly enjoyed all the Classic Nostalgia had to offer, and we look forward to doing it all again in 2016! Stay tuned to Stratstone news and blog pages for all the latest Stratstone Club events and updates.