The Club was formed in December 1984, by members of other Jaguar Clubs, for the enthusiast who not only used, but maintained or restored their SS, Jaguar or Daimler.
Our aim is to assist such enthusiasts, in a friendly and informal manner, to keep their cars on the road with the minimum of cost.
Within the first twelve months the JEC had developed significantly with a glossy A4 monthly magazine, Jaguar spares department and a technical advice service second to none. Within 18 months a membership of 2,000 had been reached identifying the JEC as the fastest growing one-marque Club.
The range of facilities and services has expanded over the years to encompass not one but three, club insurance schemes , specialist model seminars, major events and trips, the current 132 page colour monthly magazine, the remanufacture of specialist tools and spares and the largest selection of Jaguar memorabilia available anywhere.
The JEC operates over 72 national and international regions. These regions run a series of local & national events including regular 'noggin and natter' evenings at local hostelries, video and talk shows, visits to local specialists and monthly comprehensive newsletters on regional activities.
The monthly magazine Jaguar Enthusiast contains everything from full month on month restorations to social events, from small scale model news to new car model news. Nigel Thorley, editor of Jaguar Enthusiast, was awarded 'Best Editor of the Year' in 1997 by Classic Car magazine. The Magazine has won the prestigious 'Club Magazine of the Year' award presented by Classic Car magazine, a total of three times and the JEC has been voted 'Club of the Year' by the same organisation.
The JEC is very proud of its relationship with the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, recently renamed Jaguar Heritage, the historic arm of Jaguar Cars Ltd, working very closely to further appreciation of the marque. We refurbished the Series 1 XJ6 which belonged to Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, for the Trust along with the original Series 3 E Type press car. and a unique Series 2 XJ which was the Chairmans main transport and was used as a development car. We also restored an historic Mark 1 and the concept Daimler Corsica, which needed wiring and an engine!
Over the years, we have worked closely with the organiser of the largest one make Spares Day in the world. In March and October of each year over 120 stallholders and over 2000 enthusiasts descend on the National Agriculture Centre at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire to find that elusive part, or just to browse and talk about things Jaguar.
Not only is the technical side well catered for but the social side is an important element, with two International rallies each year, one in the North in July and one in the South every August. A recent development has been combining these with full social weekends courtesy of the Warner Breaks Group.
Also many local regions hold their own rallies during the summer and the club has also organised and been involved in many overseas trips.
The club operates from its own office premises in Bristol.