During much of late 2008 and 2009 effort on the restoration of the 1969 Jaguar XKE 2+2 had to be put on hold due to work related travel that took me literally around the world – from Central America to the Egypt, the Middle East, India and Malaysia. It was an exciting, but demanding year indeed. I ended up back in England for a while, spending part of 2009 at Oxford, England to wind down and help put the project I was working on into some organized shape. I had spent time at Cambridge earlier in my life, but in recent years have spent more time at Oxford – which I enjoy very much. Regrettably though, I did not even have enough free time to visit the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust in Coventry. Shame. I was able to make one interesting purchase in England though.
I had occasion to visit the Covent Gardens Market in London from time to time and met a potter there who creates really wonderful glazed clay sculptures of automobiles. His name is George Walter, hails from Essex and has been creating this wonderful pottery for 20 years. He happened to have one of an Jaguar E-type finished in a wonderful iridescent white. Even though it was a Series 1 FHC, well I could not resist. As it turns out I am in very good company owning one of George Walter’s creations. His commissions have included a car for former Prime Minister, Baronness Margaret Thatcher, and a miniature black cab, presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth by London’s cabbies. Not bad! If you would like something really interesting in your auto memorabilia collection visit George’s website at http://www.vintagepottery.org and see what he has available – or commission something special. I can tell you that my little clay E-type was a lot cheaper than its big sibling back in the States!