[xk] Highlights of Nickle Dickle Days in Minnesota

The weather was perfect this last weekend for some XK top down motoring. The
Minnesota Jag Club met up at the Eden Prairie Sears lot for a backcountry road
trip to the car show and Nickle Dickle days in Waconia. We enjoyed the company
of several E Types, a new XK8, a friendly Triumph looking for a good time, and
the entire Eden Prairie XK 150 club. A brisk pace was set by Dale in his Series
one E and most of us broke 85 mph with several breaking triple digits. I’m
looking to replace my “seasoned” bias-plys with radials this winter for safety
reasons. The car show was very fun and included a couple that made it up from
Des Moines, Iowa with their freshly restored Mark V that was just beautiful with
a complete tool kit. They were selling their other restored Mark V that didn’t
attend for $18,500 US.

As a club we were invited by the Mercedes Club to park in a reserved area. It
was nice to see more Jags than Mercedes. The majority of the Jags were over 30
years old and the vast majority of Mercedes were less than 10 years old. I
enjoyed meeting Brian, a Lutheran Pastor with a passion for Jaguars, who
finished an E Type restoration of the 110th Series One off the production line.
The XK150’s made a great showing and attracted quite a crowd, whitewalls and
all. Gene, when he wasn’t answering questions about his immaculate XK150, was
teaching all the kids how to use the tops of acorns as whistles.

The upcoming events for the club include the All British Days in LaCrosse,
Wisconsin on Sept 22-24th, vintage racing at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin the same
weekend and the Jag Club Fall Color Tour Oct. 8th.

Living for whilewalls,
David Meek
Eden Prairie, MN USA
1961 XK150 3.8L DHC

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