[xj] A curious observation (Longish ramble)

Hi team,

I have a little observation which I’ve been observing (!!)
since I bought the Daimler ( alittle over a year ago), being
my first Jag.
It involves my kids, two boys aged 8 and 10 years, in
particular the youngest. Now, this might seem trivial to
alot of you, but it’s something that I have noticed.
I’ve noticed the boys really do share my passion of Jaguar.
They can spot one a mile off, whatever the model. They love
to look through my Jag and car mags. And the little fella
begs me to let him wash the cars, for free! They even love
to go for a drive in them, either one, where as before a
drive was a waste of time to them.
My youngest helped me wash the SIII yesterday. After
hassling me about it since breakfast, I relented later in
the afternoon. He calls it ‘chalk’ because it’s white and
while washing it he actually spoke to the car and petted it
like, well, a pet! It was quite amusing. I had to go buy
more sponges so we all had one.
Another funny thing is they where never really into other
cars B.J.(before jags), and the first one they saw up close,
a cranberry '86 SIII VDP, they flipped over it.
It’s not as if they live and breath the marque either, like
me, 'cos I only have them on weekends.

So, anyone else experienced a similar phenomenon with their
kids, or younger relatives? I’d love to know. And please, no
Child Psych evaluations. :slight_smile:

Gav Fisher
Newcastle, Australia
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'86 XJS V12 HE–
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In reply to a message from Gav Fisher sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

Gav - Children learn by example :slight_smile:

Regards,

Andy–
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while washing it he actually spoke to the car and petted it
like, well, a pet! It was quite amusing. I had to go buy


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In reply to a message from Gav Fisher sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

Gav

That’s a very nice observation. Thanks for sharing it.

Can’t directly compare (my kids are in their thirties now) but we
did try an experiment with the dogs once. The three cars, Volvo
estate (in which the vast majority of their outings take pace) and
the XJS and SII XJ6 were left, doors open, to see which they would
get into when released. They all leapt into the SII.

Not sure why.–
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al mclean '93 XJS 4.0 - '79 SII XJ6 mod - '84 4.2 Daimler
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Hmmm, dogs don’t usually like cats too much! Curious.

Regards,
Jeff Watson> In reply to a message from Gav Fisher sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

Gav

That’s a very nice observation. Thanks for sharing it.

Can’t directly compare (my kids are in their thirties now) but we
did try an experiment with the dogs once. The three cars, Volvo
estate (in which the vast majority of their outings take pace) and
the XJS and SII XJ6 were left, doors open, to see which they would
get into when released. They all leapt into the SII.

Not sure why.

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In reply to a message from Jeff Watson sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

My 8 year old son can spot a Jag a mile off but he wouldn’t know a
Honda from a Ford. Of course none of them are as good as Dad’s 21
year old SIII. He doesn’t volunteer to help me wash it though and
I’m not disappointed in that. If he did help wash it, I would be
watching him so closely to make sure he didn’t drop the sponge and
rub gravel on the paint that it wouldn’t be worth it !–
Jim Legge '85 SIII XJ '96 LR Disco
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My oldest daughter (now 24) never forgave me for selling my MGs, so Jags do
nothing for her.

My youngest girl (now 14) has some interest in Jags but I think it only
extends as far as answering questions asked by boys in her class. :-).

Doug Dwyer
Longview Washington USA
1995 XJR
1988 XJS V12 CoupeFrom: “Gav Fisher” xjnut@tpg.com.au

So, anyone else experienced a similar phenomenon with their
kids, or younger relatives? I’d love to know. And please, no
Child Psych evaluations. :slight_smile:

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In reply to a message from Gav Fisher sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

Well Gav, in medical terms, the way to prove your thesis would be
remove the Jags and let things settle down. Then after a while, ‘re-
challenge’ the youngsters by purchasing a couple more and observe
whether you got the same or possibly a heightened reaction.

Being a selfless sort of bloke I’d offer to take them off you for
free to enable you to run the experiment, but there’s the small
matter of 12,000 miles of ocean…–
Peter Crespin 66 2+2 ‘E’
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Both my boys have been enamored with my 87 S3 since I have had it, 9
years now. They were 7 and 4 when I got it, now 16 and 13. My 16 year
old is really hoping that I will get a new car and he will get the Jag
(“Dad please please please please”). However, safe as they are due to
weight and construction, I want him in a car with air bags. Having been
clocked in a head-on collision with a full size 4 wheel drive truck that
was hit and launched across the line into me while driving my wife’s
older Mercedes (1987 300E, first or second year with air bags) I can
appreciate the benefit of having air bags when going against an even
larger vehicle. I’m alive and still have my left arm, although it took
two years for it to become fully functional and nearly pain free. I’m
thinking a later model (88 - 93) Volvo 240 DL with air bags is a good
starter car for him.

Dennis
1987 XJ6 S3 189K Miles
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Of Doug Dwyer
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Subject: Re: [xj] A curious observation (Longish ramble)

My oldest daughter (now 24) never forgave me for selling my MGs, so Jags
do
nothing for her.

My youngest girl (now 14) has some interest in Jags but I think it only
extends as far as answering questions asked by boys in her class. :-).

Doug Dwyer
Longview Washington USA
1995 XJR
1988 XJS V12 Coupe

From: “Gav Fisher” xjnut@tpg.com.au

So, anyone else experienced a similar phenomenon with their
kids, or younger relatives? I’d love to know. And please, no
Child Psych evaluations. :slight_smile:

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In reply to a message from Burford.Dennis sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

I have a three year old and a one year old obsessed with cars
and ‘‘Daddys car’’ in particular. Every XJ they see is daddys car.
The Jag magazines help to potty train as well since they won’t sit
still for anything else. Naturally they always want to ride with
me whenever I go anywhere, not so for Mommy and her Chrysler. It
must be instinct. Some things are just universal.

Jack Nodine
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My kids (10 and 12) couldn’t care less about my Jag, but: the last
Jag I had was a beaten up XJS HE, about 12 years ago. Every time I
opened the door of that car one of my cats (a cream point siamese)
would leap in and settle down on the back seat. This car had tan
leather.

Now 12 years later I have an XJ12 with tan leather. The first
weekend I got it one of my present cats (an orange point siamese and
the nephew of the original cat) jumped straight in and curled up on
the back seat. Now, we’ve always had at least two siamese cats and
none of them gave ever tried to get in to any other car we’ve ever
had. Not the BMW, the Range Rover, the Volvo, the Cherokeee, or the
Renault Espace (mind you in this case who would).–
Justin Hill, Surrey UK
Jaguar XJ12 HE 1982 “The Cuckoo”
@Justin_Hill1

So, anyone else experienced a similar phenomenon with their
kids, or younger relatives? I’d love to know. And please, no
Child Psych evaluations. :slight_smile:

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In reply to a message from Gav Fisher sent Mon 14 Aug 2006:

Unfortunately, due to their father’s passion for auto racing in
general and Formula One in particular, his children (6 and 8) love
red cars and say ‘‘Michael Schumacher’’ a lot. This is doubly
unfortunate, because dad is not a Ferrari fan and believes all
proper F1 cars have Cosworth’s in the back.

I may never get over Jag dumping its F1 program. :frowning:

They do like the SIII, but no more than other mere street machines.–
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Child Psych evaluations. :slight_smile:


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