[concours] To Please a Lady: Gable's Jaguar

OK: the race scene has just ended. Gable’s race car not only has a Jaguar
120 grille, it has the beautiful DOHC XK engine, as is clearly shown in the
pit-stop scene; the pit-stop is necessary because the Bosch Platinum plugs
he is running are not suitable for the XK engine, and cause it to misfire
badly. Valuable time is being lost, but the pit crew boss, who really knows
Jaguars, and has refused in the past to install a small- block Chevy using a
kit from John’s Cars, pops in 6 fresh Champion plugs, and Gable takes off!
He makes a valiant attempt, but in the end, those Bosch Platinums have
caused him to miss the first spot.
Gregory

Your post triggered a thought on my part. Sure enough, on Pages14 and 38 of
the book : Jaguar Buyers Guide by Michael L. Cook, there are photos of Gable
with his XK120, the first one available.Complete specifications were not
available but his early version shows the separate chrome-plated parking
lights on top of the fenders and lacks thefootwell air intakes. The car was
also fitted with disc wheels and shows Jaguars new style of body color
wheels and hubcaps, trimmed with chrome. Gable, It should be noted, was
wearing a handsome double breasted pin stripe suit ! Good stuff !

I was visiting Jaguar Corporate Headquarters in Mawah last week and was
given a tour of the “Archives”. There, sitting on top of a file cabinet, was
a B&W framed photograph of Clark Gable and his XK120. This may have been the
publicity photo Mike Cook used in his book.----- Original Message -----
From: “Wayne Deswert” deswertw@n-jcenter.com
To: concours@jag-lovers.org; xj@jag-lovers.org
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Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2000 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: [concours] To Please a Lady: Gable’s Jaguar

Your post triggered a thought on my part. Sure enough, on Pages14 and 38
of
the book : Jaguar Buyers Guide by Michael L. Cook, there are photos of
Gable
with his XK120, the first one available.Complete specifications were not
available but his early version shows the separate chrome-plated parking
lights on top of the fenders and lacks thefootwell air intakes. The car
was
also fitted with disc wheels and shows Jaguars new style of body color
wheels and hubcaps, trimmed with chrome. Gable, It should be noted, was
wearing a handsome double breasted pin stripe suit ! Good stuff !

Ahh, but the person who just beat him was disqualified because the DB level for
the track was exceeded ( Yes this DOES happen at WoO events! ) and the smog
equipment was removed from the XK. This explains the smoother operation of the
competitors car! BTW doc, I have had a burning pain in the reigion of where I
sit, that is, near my wallet. Does that mean I have to spend more money on
Gracie for new paws? >8-)----art-

Dr Gregory Andrachuk wrote:> OK: the race scene has just ended. Gable’s race car not only has a Jaguar

120 grille, it has the beautiful DOHC XK engine, as is clearly shown in the
pit-stop scene; the pit-stop is necessary because the Bosch Platinum plugs
he is running are not suitable for the XK engine, and cause it to misfire
badly. Valuable time is being lost, but the pit crew boss, who really knows
Jaguars, and has refused in the past to install a small- block Chevy using a
kit from John’s Cars, pops in 6 fresh Champion plugs, and Gable takes off!
He makes a valiant attempt, but in the end, those Bosch Platinums have
caused him to miss the first spot.
Gregory

the pit-stop is necessary because the Bosch Platinum
plugs he is running are not suitable for the XK engine,

Big LOL!

JT

OK: the race scene has just ended. Gable’s race car not only has a Jaguar
120 grille, it has the beautiful DOHC XK engine, as is clearly shown in the
pit-stop scene; the pit-stop is necessary because the Bosch Platinum plugs
he is running are not suitable for the XK engine, and cause it to misfire
badly. Valuable time is being lost, but the pit crew boss, who really knows
Jaguars, and has refused in the past to install a small- block Chevy using a
kit from John’s Cars, pops in 6 fresh Champion plugs, and Gable takes off!
He makes a valiant attempt, but in the end, those Bosch Platinums have
caused him to miss the first spot.
Gregory >>
WAY TOO FUNNY. I have to rent this to see the classics, but can I slow the
vcr to see the Bosch Platty’s? FTR, I ran Champions in my 82 xj6 until my
occasional mechanic (used for stuff I couldn’t do because I did not know this
list existed in 90 to 96), talked me into Bosch Platinum’s. I ran them until
I sold the car w/no problems, but then maybe I didn’t know any better
then…now I know.
J. Patrick Bloem
East Grand Rapids, Mich.
86 VDP 96k, Cranberry/Doeskin
68 TR250 92k, White/Black

…just out of curitosity, where is Mawah?

Paul W.
72 XJ6
66 Sunbeam alpine
56 Chery Nomad

You guys have been having WAY too much fun! This thread was a hoot!!! I
guess we shouldn’t let the fact that the Jaguar F1 car is using Champion
plugs influence us too much considering Sunday’s dismal performance…

But clutch problems??? Haven’t we learned ANYTHING since the 1950 Le Mans?
But they can hardly use the excuse they used then - namely that the XK120
then in second place was forced to retire with a bad clutch which was
weakened by too many practice Le Mans-style starts by - but I’ll be darned
if I can remember the driver…

Cheers,
Loudon-

At 22:47 -0500 3.13.0, Jpatrix@aol.com wrote:> OK: the race scene has just ended. Gable’s race car not only has a Jaguar

120 grille, it has the beautiful DOHC XK engine, as is clearly shown in the
pit-stop scene; the pit-stop is necessary because the Bosch Platinum plugs
he is running are not suitable for the XK engine, and cause it to misfire
badly. Valuable time is being lost, but the pit crew boss, who really knows
Jaguars, and has refused in the past to install a small- block Chevy using a
kit from John’s Cars, pops in 6 fresh Champion plugs, and Gable takes off!
He makes a valiant attempt, but in the end, those Bosch Platinums have
caused him to miss the first spot.
Gregory >>