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Introducing the owner

I have added a bit here about myself, just to provide a more personal perspective to these web pages about restoring my classic Jaguar XJC.

While racing Super Karts in 1982 I had a serious accident and badly injured my back and spinal cord, which left me a paraplegic.  Using a wheelchair for my mobility slowed me down a bit but over the years I have still undertaken a number of projects in my “Man Cave”.

Getting a bit more mature, with no kids at home and a bit of coin available I decided it was time to indulge in the classic cars that I had admired for years.  I had been to the car shows, concourses and show & shines etc. and had read all the relevant magazines from cover to cover since before I could drive.

Now was the time to take the plunge and buy a classic/collectible car that I could be proud of - not just everyday transport but a car to be admired and saved for future generations that would only come out of the gage on sunny weekends

I had worked as a Panel Beater in the 70’s but hadn’t been in the trade for over 20 years.  The skills were still there and I had the enthusiasm to do a minor restoration or repaint.  The wheelchair does make it a bit more difficult to handle some of the large, heavy or awkward work but I could still handle most of it - although generally at a reduced pace

The final decision to undertake a restoration was made when a good friend put up his hand to help with the more difficult aspects of the work.  Mal is a car and motorcycle enthusiast and he saw his  involvement in this project as his way of getting close to “owning” a classic Jaguar restoration.  He had completed magnificent restorations on a 70’s Suzuki motorcycle and a Norton Comando, so he was an experienced restorer.   I must admit that without Mal’s help my Jaguar XJC restoration would not have been possible.

I hope your visit to this site is informative and entertaining.  Feel free to E-mail me with any comments, suggestions or questions.

Don Lewis
Proud (past) Jaguar XJC owner & restorer
Melbourne, Australia
Don, the owner hard at work
Don concentrating on applying high build primer
Mal inspecting the fresh new paint job