Latest Event News.
Our event may only happen once a year, but there is always something on the go right through the year. Whether it be competitions, special offers or discounts, sponsorship changes, or even the weather updates as we approach the day itself and it will all appear here
22 October 2019Announcement to come - a new feature for our 2020 event!
Information will follow in the next few weeks regarding a new feature for our 2020 event.... :-)
22 October 2019Our Marshalling 'Every Little Helps' Initiative launched today
OK Guys, Peter Simpson & I are launching a joint initiative for everyone that attends the Jaguar Breakfast Club meets, and our Great British Day Out for Jaguar Owners.
Marshaling is absolutely critical for events, ensuring that everyone gets to where they need to be quickly and safely, and can just enjoy the day, and it involves people volunteering, and taking the first hour or so of their day to help others.
So, we have a deal for you - a little like the Tesco - 'every little helps' campaign lol
Anyone who helps with the marshaling at the Jaguar Breakfast Club for three or more meets between now and May 24th will receive either a free Access Pass to our 2020 Great British Day Out for Jaguar Owners, or if you have already registered, a refund.
You do need to make sure Peter Simpson knows that you have helped three times in the period between now (22nd October) and May 24th in order to qualify for this.
18 October 2019Our Friday Update for you
Our mini event at Eastwell Manor last weekend, hosted by our event Patron, Frank Woodford MBE was a great success. It was a small intimate event with just 10 available slots and Frank arriving by helicopter :-) There will be another mini event coming soon - so please keep an eye out for it appearing online. Our mini events are really well worth attending.
We launched a new draw online, supporting the RNLI - a Fly n Drive Experience. All monies from this draw go to the RNLI, and you will have an incredible experience being flown by helicopter to Eastwell Manor, for a guided tour and lunch before being flown back.. full information can be found in our Facebook group - again really well worth entering.
We are still running the incredible VIP Weekend at the Waldorf draw, again with all monies going to the RNLI. It has a value of up to £955, and even includes heated underground parking for your Jaguar. Please consider entering it, as you are in with a great chance at the prize and you are helping the RNLI at the same time.
The clock is ticking regarding Registrations for our next event - if you want to register for our next annual event (the biggest event we have ever run for you Guys) AND be able to enter our Christmas competition for a chance to win a great Christmas present from Santa for your Jaguar you need to register before the end of November! If you register after the end of November you will miss out on our great Christmas competition. Full registration info is on our website at www.jaguarforumsuk.com under the tab 'Register Here'.
We are really happy to be able to announce that Chris Pethick of 'Banana Creative' has joined the team here, and as a consequence we already have our new logo's. A massive Thankyou to him for his work on making this happen for us.
We have two shiny new logos! Chris has designed two incredible new logos which you may have noted we have rolled out across our event website, Facebook page and group, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Our new logo makes it easy to recognise us, and all the signage at our 2020 event will have the new logos on them making it easy to find us on the day.
Visibility of event officials was an issue in previous years, with attendees sometimes having issues tracking myself or anyone else helping organise the event - this year we will all have high Vis Vests with 'JaguarForumsUK' on the back, making us easy to spot wherever we may be on the day.
I have requested quotes for our new signage for our next event, with our new logos and am waiting for them to come in. The roundabout entrance to the main event will be clearly signposted, along with the route in, and where we have had an organiser table in previous years we are planning on an organisers tent, with almost double the table area for everything..
Here are the statistics for this week, so you can see where we are with things:
Our forum threads have amassed over 9,600 hits
Our Twitter feed has 612 followers
Our Instagram feed has 467 followers
Our Event Facebook Page has 49589 friends
Our Facebook Group has 685 members
We have 18 sponsors confirmed to-date
We have 8 Trade stands confirmed so far
We have 3 club/forum stands/allocations confirmed
We have 1 Talk by The Pro session booked so far
We have 5 confirmed awards
And 30 Jaguars signed up so far spanning from 1994 - date
Have a fantastic weekend, and remember to register for our next event soon, if you want to be able to enter our Cghristmas competition :-)
14 October 2019Events
Our Eastwell Manor mini event was a great success, and we have the full story of the day available in our Facebook group, plus the images (as they come in) are available to see under the4 'Links' tab here.
We also have a VIP Fly & Dine Event coming up - it is a draw, with tickets just £5 each for this incredible experience in support of the RNLI. All the details for this can be found in our Event diary here, and via the Event section in our Facebook group.
Our event may be annual, but we have so much going on right through the year for you!
11 October 2019Your Friday Stats Update
It's Friday and it's stat's day! And it has been another busy week for our event :-)
We have so much going on currently, I need to update you all with.
Our 2020 Gallery is growing well, and has become one of the most visited pages on our website.. we still need to fill in some of the blanks though, so please email your Jaguars pic into me, if you are registered and haven't done so yet.
Jaguar owners are steadily signing up, which is fantastic, and of course everyone that signs up before the end of November can enter our free Christmas competition, giving you a chance to win a great Christmas present from Santa for your Jaguar.
Our Eastwell Manor mini event is this weekend! Those of you signed up for it, I hope you have an incredible time with Frank, our event Patron and I look forward to all the photos appearing online next week.
Our Monday Mini Quiz - three multiple choice questions about Jaguar trivia popped up Monday morning, with answers being posted after the school run on the same day are proving popular and brighten peoples Monday mornings up replacing blues with Jaguar trivia :-) They are posted in our Facebook group and well worth getting involved with - currently Ionut Shupy has got all three questions right for three weeks in in a row making him our current champion!
Facebook has been putting up a fight (so to speak) when it comes to uploading support files for you guys, but last night I managed to get some of them up - we have many more to come but uploads only seem to be successful every now and again, so it is taking me a while to get them up.
Our Twitter feed is becoming far more popular with our tweets being far more retweeted and viewed than ever before.
Our website had it's busiest night to-date last night with almost 90 visitors - It generally receives between 10 and 40 visitors a day. It's great to see that our event is starting to spark more interest in what we are up to :-)
Our exclusive attendee only accomodation deal is being made good use of by registered attendees wanting to stay overnight, whether it be because they are travelling some distance, or want to check out the local sights and attractions in the area. It includes, room, breakfast, wi-fi, and parking in a discounted all inclusive rate exclusive to us.
I have ordered in the high viz vests (just waiting on delivery), so at our next event you will be able to find me, and everyone invoved in running our event on the day easily - I will pop a picture up when I have them, and am currently looking into ways to display the Prize Draw prizes, and awards better on the day along with developing a better backdrop for the award presentation shots.
Ok, that's the basics of what has been happening this week and here are the current event stat's you have been patiently waiting for:
Our forum threads have received almost 9000 hits, which is incredible.
Our Twitter feed has 613 followers
Our Instagram feed has 455 followers
Our Facebook group is growing steadily and now has 674 members
We have 27 Jaguars already signed up spanning 1994 to-date
We have 18 confirmed event sponsors, and we are in discussions with other companies too
8 Trade stands of all sizes have been confirmed so far
We have 5 awards that have been confirmed for the day
Everyone, please have an incredible and fantastic Jaguar weekend on us and don't forget Monday mornings don't have to be blue now they are quiz mornings :-)
09 October 2019News to come...
Further to asking everyone if there was anything more we could do for you, considering our non existent budget, we are now looking into our options and seeing what more we can bring you from the options that have been put forward.
Thankyou everyone for your input and if there is anything else you can think of that we might be able to implement for you please just drop a line to us via the 'Contact Us' page - we would love to hear from you
04 October 2019It's Friday, and time for the stats on where we are so far :-)
A lot has been going on this week.
Our 2020 Event gallery is really starting to fill out as registered attendees are adding their Jaguar pictures to it. For the first year ever you can see what you are going to meet on the day in advance :-)
We have had a steady stream of registrations, which is great (and remember if you register before the end of November you get the chance to enter our great Christmas competition) and in response to feedback about the process have setup a page specifically for registrations on our website at www.jaguarforumsUK.com to make it easier than ever for you.
We have been discussing windscreen stickers this end, and have connected with someone who produces incredible logo images and are hoping in the next few weeks we will have a new logo for you which will either run alongside our current one or possibly replace it. Mored info on this to come as we go.
Further to issues with visibility of key people at our last event we have just ordered in hivis vests, labelled JaguarForumsUK, so at our next event if you have any issues or maybe just want to chat with anyone involved in the event you will be able to find us easily.
I have made contact with the majority of our sponsors to update them with how we are doing, have contacted some companies that we have dealt with in the past to see if I can reestablish a connection, and are in touch with a couple of potential sponsors.
Our Facebook group became inundated during the week when a member accidentally put his contact list forward as members, which took us a while to sort through.
Mark Lambourne has accepted the post of Admin on our Facebook group, and joins Frank Woodford MBE and myself, looking after everyone there - a massive Thankyou to him for this and please join me in making him feel welcome in the post.
Our website has just had its busiest week ever - a massive thankyou to everyone for that :-)
I am going to shift my focus from the website and Facebook group for a week or two, and see if I can locate any of the more unusual Jaguars out there - if anyone has any leads on any that they know of out there that may be able to make our event, please let me know as I would love to make contact with them if I can.
Ok, onto what you have all been waiting for - the weekly stats..
Please remember I am not known for my stats or maths as a lot of attendees will tell you :-)
Our forum threads have received over 8,150 views to-date
Our Facebook page has an incredible 4957 friends
Our Facebook group has a very active membership of 667 incredible Jaguar owners
Our Twitter feed has a stable 613 followers
Our Instagram feed has 450 followers
We have 18 official event sponsors that are confirmed for our 2020 event
We have 8 Trade stands confirmed so far
We have 3 club/forum stands and 2 club allocations so far with 60 reserved places
We have 5 awards confirmed so far
We have 25 Jaguars that have signed up with us independently of any club allegiences
Our accomodation deal, exclusive to attendees, is getting a good takeup
And here are the top five countries that have visiteed our website in the past week, in order of most visits
It is great to see that Jaguar owners/enthusiasts are following us from so many places - and don't forget if you are travelling internationally for our event and cannot bring your Jaguar with you (excess bagage maybe not an option? :-)) we can organise accomodation for you and even team you up with a British Jaguar owner for the day.
Finally a huge and massive Thankyou to everyone for their support and involvement in our event - without you we would not have the event we have!
01 October 2019New online Library
I have just launched our online library for event documents and possibly expanding into anything that our attendees would like to be there.that will be use to everyone - you will find it under the 'Documents' button on the menu.
27 September 2019Here is your weekly update :-)
It's that time of the week again, and time for your Friday update.
There is so much to tell you about, we have had a very busy week with more going on than you may have known.
As you will know we had some issues with entry access at the main part of the event this year, so we have been working on ways to ease things and make your time with us smoother.
Anyone who has registered for our 2020 event will have already discovered our new registration system, and dash sheets/access passes - very much, a much improved system over our previous events.
Additionally we have been in talks with the Rotary Club regarding gaining some assistance with marshalling so we can get you guys into the event quickly, efficiently and to the best places for the day, in exchange for a plot on-site, and a percentage of our profits. We thought the talks had stalled, but they haven't and things are looking quite positive, so between the improved access pass system and more manpower on marshalling you shouldn't experience the queues we had at the last event.
Our event Facebook group has been going from strength to strength with over 30 people joining it in just the last week. Our Facebook group has not one but two prize draws running currently - one that involves a donation for the RNLI, and the other is completely free to enter. We also have a competition for the best round logo for our event that anyone can produce running there too.
Our event website has undergone some huge changes with more graphics, a better layout, and now with a Feedback page so you can tell us how we are doing, plus a gallery of the Jaguars that are signed up for the 2020 event - in previous years you have had to read through a list, and visualise what Jaguars you will likely get to see on the day, now you can actually see what you are going to meet on the day, before the day.. a huge improvement on our old system.
We have managed to retain a huge percentage of our sponsors from 2019, & for 2020 and have added some new sponsors which means you get ECU remaps and tuning performed on site on the day itself, plus we may be offering a free Diagnostics clinic on the day too.
I will be making contact with our sponsors over the next two weeks, and we will hopefully see the number of trade, and club stands increasing as I make contact. Additionally I am waiting to hear from four Jaguar clubs who are considering stands and allocations with us on the day.
We have managed to get the attendee accomodation deal in place earlier than usual for our next event, and places there are already filling up - we have managed to get a deal of £69 per room/night including free WiFi, free parking, and Express Start Breakfast. This is a significant saving on the usual costs, and well worth taking advantage of if you are travelling some distance.
As you know, our event is not-for-profit and supports the RNLI via our event Patron Frank Woodford MBE, everything we get from our event sponsors goes to attendees, and registrations go to cover our website hosting, printing, infrastructure such as signage and of course the RNLI and (we hope) the Rotary Club - making us a great event to get involved with..
Our event is an odd one if I don't say so myself as we have mini days out through the year now, quizes every Monday (yep just like going down the pub for a quiz but Jaguar orientated and in the comfort of your browser :-)), competitions, draws, general info and chat so despite being an annual event with no membership we actually have something on the go right through the year :-)
Ok, as I said it has been a busy week for our event, sorry if it has lulled you to sleep.. :-)
Here are the latest stats on how we are doing, so you can see in figures:
Our forum threads have received an incredible 7,619 hits
Our event Facebook page has just shy of 5,000 friends
Our event Facebook Group now has 657 members
Our event Instagram feed has 439 followers
Our event Twitter feed has an incredible 612 followers
We have 18 incredible sponsors confirmed
8 Trade stands have been booked so far
3 Clubs stands/allocations have been confirmed so far
We have 5 class awards confirmed so far that you could win on the day
Have an incredible Jaguar weekend whereever you may be, on us
23 September 2019Event Gallery
I have just added a gallery for our 2020 Great British Day Out for Jaguar Owners, so (subject to which owners agree to their cars being shown here) you can get an advance look at what to expect to see on the day itself.
23 September 2019Additional Confirmations
I am happy to be able to announce that the Leather Repair Company has confirmed it's involvement with our 2020 event, and will, again be hosting one of their incredible 'Talks by the Pro's' sessions. Also Bub Wedding Cars, who have been with us for many years, but missed last years event, will be onsite to discuss all your wedding vehicle needs. A huge thankyou goes out to both companies for continuing their support of our event
20 September 2019It's Friday, and time for the stats on where we are so far :-)
It's Friday, and not only is is Stat's day for our event, but so much has been going on this week..
Our event website has had a host of errors located and corrected which is great.
We kicked off a regular feature for Mondays, to help you get past your Monday blues with a Monday Mini Quiz, testing your Jaguar knowledge every Monday.
I have been in discussions with a number of companies this week, with completion of one incredible signup - VIEZU.
There has been a host of updated information from our existing sponsors.
Our Facebook group is becoming more and more active as time goes by, and our event Facebook page is still running at just under 5000 friends, even after a culling session.
I have started looking into the visibility issues everyone had at our last event, and have some solutions I will be looking to implement at our next event.
This event is without a doubt way more complicated than any event I have organised before, so I have (for the first time ever for me) set up a to-do list and just in the next three months I have a stackload to get through - I'm not sure that a to-do list is really something that encourages you.. lol.. it just makes the mountains actually look like mountains rather than just hills in the fog.
I will be in contact with all 21 companies we are now working with in the next couple of weeks to see if there is anything more I can do for them, and to see if the currently unconfirmed sponsors are happy to confirm for 2020.
Additionally I will be testing the water to see how many of them are happy to book one of our free trade plots on the day as this will allow us to start to formulate the layout we need. Oh,yes, Viezu will (currently) have one of the largest plots on the day as they will be bringing their event trailer and possibly a couple of demo vehicles for you to see.
Once I have this all updated I can start to make progress with our Christmas competition.
An attendee has suggested that we start up a gallery of attendee Jaguars that have signed up - I think thios could work well, and give everyone a fantastic view of what they can see on the day itself.. it is one of my 14 to-do items in the next few months - so keep an eye out for this feature :-)
If you haven't registered for our 2020 event yet, please please consider doing so as we have a fantastic Jaguar day out for you with a convoy, main event, prizes, awards, Talks by the Pro's, show prices, free diagnostic checks (to be confirmed), tuning being performed on site, and so so much more. Our event is the grassroots Jaguar event that feels like a small event, personal, friendly, everyone equal but offers you so much more than you would expect.
OK, that is roughly where we are with things overall, and here are the more specific stats that show you exactly where we are in key aspects:
Our forum threads have received an incredible 6,861 hits so far
Our event Facebook page has 4,959 friends
Our event Facebook group has 624 members
Our Twitter feed has 609 followers
Our Instagram feed is stable at 429 followers
We are now working with 22 incredible companies that either support Jaguars, or depend on them
Of those companies we already have 15 of them confirmed for 2020
We are affiliated with three incredible Jaguar clubs & forums
We have 6 stands booked so far
We have 4 incredible awards confirmed for you so far
We have two club allocations booked with 60 places reserved
We currently have 18 Jaguars signed up
Full vehicle stats will appear in our weekly stats update as we go, so please keep an eye on things over the weeks to come.
Meanwhile, an absolutely massive Thankyou to everyone involved with our event - without you we would not have the event we have!
19 September 2019Hot off the press! New sponsor onboard
OK Guys, Literally hot off the press.... I am pleased to be able to announce that as a result of our discussions with Viezu - Remapping, Timing and Performance Specialists, they have just signed up with us for our 2020 event. They will be bringing their event trailer onsite for us and are very much looking forward to meeting everyone on the day. Please join me in welcoming them to our event. https://viezu.com
18 September 2019Looking for your input ref the website layout
I have now spent some hours playing with nested menus, colour schemes, connecting pages and have not managed to coem up with a cohesive new look/structure for our website.
If anyone has a background image themed on our event, colour schemes in mind, or improvements that we could implement pleae drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact Us Page
16 September 2019NEW!! Weekly Mini Quiz
We have just launched a new feature exclusive to our Facebook group - a weekly mini quiz to test your knowledge of Jaguar trivia and facts. Why not give it a go?
Questions go up early on Monday each week, with the answers posted up late afternoon on the same day.
Why not give it a try :-)
13 September 2019Our Friday Update
Ok guys, it's Friday already! I can't believe how quickly the last week has gone.. so time to update everyone with how we are doing
Things have been really busy with our event in the past few days:
We have signed up the incredidible P & K Thornton Restorations company - what they don't know about classic Jaguars you can fit on a postage stamp.. it is incredible to have them onboard.
I am in discussions with a company that specialises in alloy wheel repairs - something we all need - poss more me than some others
We have been making great progress working with the Jaguar Breakfast Club
Our Facebook page and group are both very active, and growing.
Our first 'Day Out' event, a mini event is I believe fully subscribed, and we have more events to come.
Our competition for a VIP weekend at the Hilton is doing well, not just offering a winner an incredible weekend for two but also supporting the incredible RNLI
I am currently getting geared up for our Christmas competition - full details to come on that in a few weeks time.
On the flip side of things one potential sponsor I have been in discussions with for over a year has fallen by the way side, and discussions didn't complete successfully with another three companies so it has not been my most successful week, but nonetheless we are still doing well overall
For those of you looking for the weekly stats.. here is where we are currently
Our forum threads have received over 5,866 hits
Our Facebook page has 4946 friends
Our Facebook group (NEW) has grown to 621 members
Our Twitter account has been stable at 606 followers
Our Instagram account has grown to 425 followers
We have 77 Jaguars currently registered or reserved for the day
We have 15 sponsors confirmed spanning a wide range of services and products we all depend on
We have 5 trade stans booked so far
We now have three club/forum affiliations which is fantastic
And on the day we already have 4 unique class awards lined up for you.
12 September 2019P & K Thorton Restorations has just signed up with us
I am happy to be able to announce that we have just signed another incredible company up as an official event sponsor - please join me in making them feel welcome to our event.
The company is P & K Thornton Restorations, based in Nottingham. they have been established since 1967 (almost as old as me :-)) and specialise in all aspects of restoration and service of pre 1974 Jaguars.. able to handle everything from servicing right through to a full nut and bolt restoration.
The company is well known, and respected in their field, and have worked on a great number of classic Jaguars over the years.
We are very happy that they have agreed to work with us as official event sponsors.
Please feel free to check their website out at www.thorntonrestorations.com and should you need any work done by them please make sure you mention JaguarForumsUK when contacting them.
11 September 2019Upcoming announcement regarding a new sponsor specialising in Jaguar restorations
OK guys, I will be announcing details today or tomorrow regarding a new official event sponsor that specialises in Classic Jaguar restoration work, and has been doing so since 1965 - it is great to have someone onboard covering this sector and I am sure you will all join me in welcomeing them onboard.
10 September 2019A quick update for you
Just a quick update to bring you guys up to date with things..
We now have 75 places already reserved or booked with us for our 2020 event, which is incredible.
We have JaguarForums.com, JagChat.net, JEC (East/West Sussex), & the fantastic Jaguar Breakfast Club all onboard with us.
I am waiting on feedback from a number of potential sponsors, and in a few weeks time will be reconnecting with our current sponsors and confirming things with them.
We have two companies that depend on Jaguars for their business involved with us, and as well as a few enquiries on the go I have also contacted the police to see if they use Jaguars and may be interested in hosting a talk on the day.
I have been looking into extending our charity involvement, and will be following up with this in October.
As you know our event is not for profit - actually quite the reverse last year with our event losses having to be covered by donations from some incredible sponsors - so for us to be able to support the RNLI and potentially an additional charity yet to be confirmed, is fantastic :-).
We are currently hosting a competiton where you can win an incredible VIP weekend at the Hilton for two, with all ticket sales going to the RNLI, our free Christmas competition is coming up soon, and we have some great 'Days Out' coming up too for you..
A huge and massive thankyou goes out to everyone involved with our event - without you we could not have the incredible event we have - THANKYOU
06 September 2019Latest update regarding our event
It's Friday (finally) and it's time for a news update regarding our annual event, which has grown in so many ways in the past few weeks...
Our forum threads have received over 4,800 hits, which is incredible
Our new Facebook group for attendees has grown to over 610 members
Our Facebook page still has around 5000 friends - I do need to go through this and have a serious go at unfriending people that are not genuine
We have an incredible 60 places prebooked by clubs and forums
We already have 13 (yep that lucky number) of independant bookings
Our Twitter account is stable at 607 followers
And our Instragram following is slowly growing and is now at 420
We are currently running a competition with all funds going to the RNLI for a VIP weekend at the Hilton inc underground parking - almost £1000 in value so well worth entering - noting our event is purely hosting the competition - we are taking no costs from it at all - all the info is on the Competition page, and in the Facebook group - it is well worth entering.
Additionally we now have two businesses that depend on Jaguars for their day to day work, and I an trying to expand on that. Also I am waiting on feedback from the Surrey police regarding any Jaguar use, and possibly attending and hosting one of our 'Talk by the Pros' sessions for us.
I am currently in negotiations with three companies, and one event, and as you likely know the incredible Jaguar Breakfast Club have just signed up with us :-)
Finally, as I get over the summer holiday period and get back into the swing of the school run etc here I am just starting to get geared up for the free Christmas competition. Remember to be able to enter the competition you need to have either attended our 2019 event or be registered for our 2020 event :-)
Don't forget to check out the VIP Weekend at the Hilton competition, and please consider entering.. our event Patron Frank Woodford has donated the prize and all monies go to the RNLI
02 September 2019Newly affiliated club!
I am pleased to announce that the incredible Jaguar Breakfast Club has joined our affiliate progam. Additionally they are sponsoring a brand new award - 'The Spirit of Jaguar', and will be taking advantage of a club allocation at our next event to meet you on the day.
01 September 2019Lots to come...
OK guys, I am back after a week off, and I have a huge to-do list for you, with a new club affiliation, new sponsors, a brand new award and more.. please keep an eye on our event here on our website, via our Facebook group, and our Twitter feed for all the latest information as I go :-)