First the big news…..

Dear Family & Friends,

 

Bonnie and I have had a long and successful career as owners and operators of XKs Unlimited, but 44 years is a long time!

We would like to announce that we have sold XKs Unlimited! It is time to move on. We have kept XKs Motorsport, the restoration division which is my first love. I will continue to be involved restoring and racing classic cars.

This move will greatly reduce the work load and stress level on both Bonnie and myself and we are excitedly looking forward to the future together…… 

Now for a short trip blog.. I recently went to England for ten days with my brother-in-law Steve Cohen. I have to give Steve credit for attending two big motorcycle events and being completely patient with me because he has less than zero interest in gear head stuff…

We first went to the Stafford Classic Bike Show. The largest classic motorcycle show in the world. Two days of looking at classic motorcycles, racing motorcycle, parts, bike for sale (I behaved myself and didn’t buy one) and all sorts of club displays.

Saturday night we went out with a charming couple. We should have met decades ago because we share so much in common. They publish Jaguar World, a large Jaguar magazine and Classic Motorcycle. They also enjoy riding their motorcycles all over the world. It was a fun evening of good conversation, good food, and good wine,

One thing virtually everyone we met on the trip would ask is, “How did Trump get elected???” The world is terrified of him. My standard answer when traveling and asked where I am from is “I am from California and I did not vote for Trump!”. That would immediately put people to ease.

From there we drove down to Warwick to tour a great castle. I have been taking friends and family there for 40 years. It is a classic British castle. What makes this castle rather unique is that first part of the castle was built in the 1200 and it was continuously added on to right up to the 20th century. The first time I went there in the 1970s the elderly Earl and Lady of Warwick still lived there! Now they are long gone and it has become part of the National Trust. It was better back in the 1970s when it was left as it was built. Today there are all sorts of tourist attractions, games, rides, etc to draw more tourists and make the estate pay for itself..

From there we went to the British National Motorcycle museum. A great display of virtually every British motorcycle ever built. Every time I go to England I go there. If you like motorcycles I highly recommend it.

From there we went to visit a friend of mine, Melvyn Rutter who lives near Cambridge and has one of the largest Morgan dealerships in the world. The entire operation is beautifully detailed. There is also a Morgan themed B&B. I would highly recommend staying a night there!

After four days of motorcycles and car I figured I owed it to Steve to go to London. We stayed at one of my oldest friends, Aubrey Finburgh, owner of Classic Auto. Their specialty is hand built alloy bodies and being some of the nicest and generous people you will ever meet.

So if you go to my blog you will see lots of motorcycle photos and the typical tourist spots in London. I am hoping to do some serious traveling next year and will blog from……..

For more photos go to:  

Jason

“Creative Writing uninhibited by grammar or spelling”

There are so many great sites in London. Just point and shoot. I was a bit lazy this trip. I didn’t bring my big camera so some of these cell phone shots are not great.
A classic British tea room we stopped for lunch at.. A relatively new one, built in the 15th century.
A tour through the British maritime museum. This was a very cool aluminum racing boat from the 1930s.
My friend Aubrey. We spent an afternoon at a local airplane museum.
The London Tower Castle..
Trafalgar Square.
Is there any more classic London photo?? The royal guard for Buckingham Palace
The London Eye.. A great way to see the entire city
The world famous Piccadilly Square. A nice warm light at sunset with a large orange glow from a nearby giant sign.
We were walking across London and stumbled upon this McClaren dealership. These cars are so cool, even Steve lusted for one. They cheap model was $225K and the top model was $750K..
The London Bridge
I was looking at this little bobble for Bonnie but I would have had to give up on my garage addition… 😉
A fun place to hang out at.. All fun and games.
The inside of British pubs look like a cozy living room. A great place to go.
This photo is not distorted, the building is actually built this way..

   

This “Guru” had to be the worlds best salesman. His gimmick was you pay him to just sit by him. He does not talk but you will “absorb” his wisdom.
A cool window display.. Did you notice that cool Royal Enfield motorcycle!!
Another great window display in London.
The great thing about England is they have these very old buildings that are still in daily use. This one is from the 13th century and it is still a store in London.
The Lotus store.. Lotus race car themed clothing.
A cute little out fit I was thinking of getting for Bonnie.. I think it is really her style.. 😉
I thought this outfit screamed me..
London has a great theater district. We saw The Book of Mormon and Young Frankenstein.
Sun and clear sky in October in London,, amazing!
A London tradition. for almost 40 years every trip to London finishes off with my friend Aubrey and his family and a trip to this crepe stand in Hempstead. A very good and delicious tradition.
My good friend Aubrey
One afternoon after Steve left Aubrey and I went to a friends beautiful estate in the countryside north of London. He is also a world famous car restorer.
My friend Aubrey and his sweet granddaughter Matilda at Classic Auto. His restoration business
A friends country estate and restoration shop. Nothing beats an English countryside……on a sunny day.
No trip to the UK is complete without a stop at Classic Auto, my friend Aubrey’s restoration shop. Here I am with is grand daughter, the charming Matilda. She is now 15 and a wicked soccer player. I met her dad when he was 7. Where has the time gone??
If you have an extremely rare car and need a new body made for it, Classic Auto is the place.
Below is an original C type Jaguar, owned by Classic Auto for almost 50 years. Above it is an EXACT replica they build for a price.
An evening at the theater.. funny, funny, funny.. 😉
The Enigma Machine from WW!! in the War Room below White Hall

My friend Aubrey, owner of Classic Auto and his granddaughter Matilda. Not only is she charming and a great soccer player but she is my number one Instagram fan!

Here is something very unique they are restoring… a mid 60s racing car with a wooden monoque chassis. They just made an all new chassis

My brother in law dragged me to this museum for some culture.. I swore I would never go again but I went.
Warwick Castle.. the old part for the 1200s.
The entrance to Buckingham Palace. The Queen was home but it must have been a slight over site that we were not invited to tea.

A trip to the Stafford Classic Motorcycle show. Mecca for an enthusiast like me..
Parts galore.. I found a few bits I needed. 😉
Who wouldn’t want to be a member of a cool motorcycle club like this…
One of my favorite motorcycles,,, a Velocette. Nothing is more British.

Lots of classic race bikes
My brother in law, Steve, could barely contain his excitement.
My possible second career.. Motorcycle undertaker.
The charming couple we went out to dinner with
This is the president of the UK CBX club.. Through the miracle of Facebook we knew each other before I came to this show.

No trip is complete with a visit to the National British Motorcycle Museum. See how exciting it is? That is my brother in law Steve rushing ahead to get in and see it all

 

27 COMMENTS

  1. Some really nice photos of London, unfortunately Jason, you committed the cardinal sin of most Americans, you didn’t photograph London Bridge, you photo is of Tower Bridge and the Guard on the horse wasn’t at Buckingham Palace, that was on Whitehall at the entrance to Horseguards Parade.
    I hope you continue to enjoy the other part of your business which I have heard quite a lot about from being a customer of Fraser Williams having bought both an SS100 and a C type.

  2. Some very nice pictures, Jason! Looks like you had a very pleasant trip! Shifting gears, now that you are out of the hectic parts business, how about getting your team to manufacture a simple, bolt on, covered headlamp kit for Series 1.25 through Series III E Types, that doesn’t require repainting and drastic surgery?

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