LARGEST COLLECTION of classic Jaguars ever in Spain
After 18 months of planning, ‘The Big One 2017’ took place across Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 in Parador de Leon, Northern Spain.
A joint event between The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Spain, The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, South of France, plus some very enthusiastic members from the JEC in the UK, the result was 97 classic Jaguars, (100 prior to three breakdowns) cleaned and polished to ‘within an inch of their lives’ with 201 very enthusiastic owners congregating at the Parador de Leon Hotel.
The main event took place across the Saturday and Sunday, however many of the participants took two to three days or more to travel to and from their homes to the event.
Cars and owners came from all over Spain, France and the UK and on the way up, many members from The Costa Blanca region stopped off at Segovia – World Heritage City, for a spot of sightseeing.
Members from the UK came from as far as Plymouth, Lancashire and North Wales – those opting for the scenic routes covering approximately 3,500 miles over many days.
Having received prior special permission from Leon Town Hall, the outstanding collection of cars parked on St. Marco’s Square in front of the hotel and as expected, attracted much attention.
On the Saturday evening, members gathered for pre-dinner drinks in The Cloisters to the sounds of classic guitar before proceeding to one of the medieval halls and enjoying a masked ball with three-course dinner and wine.
As the Grand Draw was announced, winners took home cash prizes, starting at €500 for the first prize. A prize was also awarded for the best mask, won by Andrew Honour in his classic venetian mask.
Each table was issued with an envelope for a charity donation, raising in total €2,214 which will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
After the final announcements, members enjoyed much music and dancing into the early hours.
After a leisurely start on Sunday, members were delighted to meet with the Mayor of Leon at 11.00am before starting their engines at 11.30am and snaking through the city, out into the Spanish countryside and pulling up in Villafranca where a 21-course cocktail lunch was savoured.
The JEC in Spain is organised by Eric Arnold and Ian McMenemy. Eric can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by phone on 609 931 647 or alternatively check out the JEC Spain website www.jec-spain.com. Events Director, Ian McMenemy can be contacted at [email protected]