Yet again the M & C Wilkinson team headed to Brand Hatch for their third appearance at the circuit in 2014. Chris was competing in the HSCC Guards Trophy for the first time since he was crowned the 2013 series Champion last year.
Chris with number 1 aloft from his Championship winning campaign last year
Here’s a possible taste of what may be to come at the Silverstone Classic when Chris Scragg and Matt Nicoll-Jones compete in the ‘Chopard International Trophy’ race later this month. Click above to see Matt Nicoll-Jones wrestle Chris Scragg’s E-Type ‘XAN 555’ to pole positon by nearly two seconds in treacherous conditions in the Gentleman Drivers qualifying at the Brand Hatch Masters Festival.
Round three of the 2014 GT&SCC series was on the Sunday of the AMOC meeting at Brands Hatch. The team also had for the first time Siamak Siassi’s “LT2”- XK120 competing in the XK Challenge for our inaugural race in the series.
In the GT&SCC race a combination of two faultless stints by Chris, two super quick driver changes by the team and a blistering middle stint from Matt gave M & C Wilkinson a lights to flag victory against a highly strong field of over forty Pre ‘66 GT cars.
Leading from the start…
GT&SCC race winners!! Chris (left) & Matt (right)
Chris getting ready to start race one from pole…
Mixed weather was forecast for Saturday throughout day one of the Masters Historic Festival. Qualifying was early that morning, Chris and Matt set about making use of the conditions which gave them a more level playing field as the weather voided the V8’s and their massive power advantages.
Sure enough the weather allowed Chris and Matt to compete with the V8’s, infact by the end of qualifying Matt had taken pole position by over 1.2 seconds in the E-Type! but only after a frantic fight in qualifying to the chequered flag between Matt, Mike Whitaker - TVR, Simon Hadfield – AC Cobra and Roger Wills Bizzarini - 5300GT.
Chris Scragg in the chassis 1 Jaguar Broadspeed XJ12C
The Donington Historic Festival was again held over the May bank holiday weekend with good weather forecast throughout for the teams return to historic racing in 2014.
Chris Scragg had his original works Broadspeed XJ12C competing in “The Historic Touring Car Challenge” for the first time in eighteen months; with the tragic news on Friday of a fatal road accident that involved ex Broadspeed mechanic Nigel Stepney (who had regarded the car as his favourite car of all time!) we all hoped to honour his life with a set of highly competitive results.
M & C Wilkinson have formed an affiliation with Motor Wheel Service the UK’s premier wire wheel specialist and are currently promoting this new association by offering wire wheels for Jaguar and many other models with massive discounts on their retail prices. To avoid disappointment do not delay purchase today!
Jaguar World Executive Editor Jim Patten has recently written an article in his the “Classic Workshop” section featuring our Sayer Oil Pressure Capillary Gauge Conversion which outlines the ease of installation and invaluable benefit of a capillary gauge over the original oil pressure sender units.
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M & C Wilkinson have recently made an interesting discovery which Nigel Thorley has kindly documented in the recent issue of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Magazine as per his article below:
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M & C Wilkinson would like to congratulate Chris Scragg for his achievements this year in his Jaguar E-Type.
At the annual HSCC awards ceremony Chris was presented with his winners trophy for the “HSCC Guards Trophy Championship 2013″ for GT and Sports Racing Cars. Along with this accolade Chris was also awarded and winner of the HSCC “Jaguar Trophy” for the best Jaguar performances of 2013.
Guards Trophy Champion 2013 Chris Scragg (Left) & 2012 Guards Trophy Champion, 2013 runner up Nick Fleming (Right)