Tuesday, 17 May 2011


If you are in France for Le Mans you might like to know that Mike Moreton, author of 'Jaguar XJ220 - The Inside Story' published by Veloce, is hosting a gathering of Jaguar enthusiasts to celebrate the recent publication of his fascinating book.

A fine buffet lunch and wines will be served at L'Aubergeade, a beautiful restaurant in the village of Diou (postcode 36260), near Vierzon on June 14th. Mike will be on hand to sign books and to talk about his time directing the XJ220 project.

Also in attendance will be Robert and Tony Loades, Directors of Abbey Panels, Coventry, the company that built the high-tech aluminium bodies for the XJ220. Robert and Tony will be bringing the first XJ220 built at the Bloxham assembly plant which, appropriately, carries the registration number 'XJ220'

Cost per person will be c.90 euros. To make a booking call or fax Jackie or Carolyn at L'Aubergeade 0033 (0)25 4492228 - but hurry, there are only 60 places!



In this new book from Veloce, Mike Moreton, ace director of impossible projects, who was headhunted for the project by Tom Walkinshaw, relives the extraordinary inside story of the Jaguar XJ220 supercar, which evolved from Jim Randle's sensational 1988 UK Motor Show concept car.

The planned production of 350 limited edition cars, each with a price tag of £360,000, was over-subscribed by a factor of four in a single day!

Named for its targeted top speed, the XJ220 was developed between 1989 and 1994

This inside story is an historically accurate account of the project from the Project Manager himself. Having recruited a talented team from motor sport and production car industries, a factory was developed in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Working closely with Jaguar Design, TWR Group companies and specialist suppliers, the XJ220 team re-designed, built, tested, manufactured and marketed Jaguar's ultimate road car.

Featuring over 200 photographs, many previously unpublished, showing the concept and production cars in all stages of development, with glamour shots and historical photos of Jaguar sports/racing cars, this book, which is a must for all Jaguar enthusiasts, is for sale now in all good bookshops or direct from www.velocebooks.com