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  • SKU: 9781913089603
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  • Date Of Publication: July 2023
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SS Jaguar 100: The Remarkable Story of 18008

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he open two-seater SS Jaguar 100 was introduced in 1935, the name derived from the car’s 100mph top speed, and was the first model to use the Jaguar moniker (previously the company founded by William Lyons and William Walmsley had produced motorcycle sidecar combinations under the Swallow Sidecars banner, and then cars using the ‘SS’ brand). The SS 100 was powered by a Harry Weslake-developed version of the six-cylinder engine produced by Standard Motor Company. SS Jaguar 100 chassis No. 18008, carrying registration BWK 77, and now known as ‘Old No. 8’ in deference to its chassis number, is regarded as the first works Jaguar racing car, and initially came to fame in the 1936 Alpine Trial (not to be confused with the Alpine Rally), which was run in Switzerland over a distance of 1,455 miles. Tommy and Elsie Wisdom persuaded William Lyons to lend them the then-new BWK 77 for the event, and against initial expectations they won in the car. Following the Alpine Trial victory Old No. 8 became the company’s development car, Tommy Wisdom continuing to drive in it in circuit-racing events, while Sammy Newsome took the wheel for hillclimbs. As the car continued to be developed, it was lightened, and a new, more powerful 3.5-litre engine was fitted in place of the original 2.5-litre version, with the engine repositioned to improve weight distribution. In this form, in 1937 the car lapped the outer circuit at Brooklands at a speed of 118mph, winning with Wisdom at the wheel at an average speed of 112mph.

Author: Chas Parker

Author Bio: Chas Parker swapped a career in astronomy, during which time he was press officer for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, based at Herstmonceux in East Sussex, to begin writing about his other great interest of motorsport. He spent seven years as a sub-editor on Motorsport News, often reporting on events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Revival and the Silverstone Classic. He has written 14 books, including histories of Brands Hatch and Silverstone, together with Haynes manuals about the D-type Jaguar, Bugatti Type 35 and Lola T70. He has also written books in the Porter Press International Great Cars and Exceptional Cars series about the Jaguar XK120, C-type and D-type and SS100, as well as an Enthusiast’s Guide to the Model T Ford and The Michael Turner Collection. Together with co-author Philip Porter, he was shortlisted for the 2017 RAC Motoring Book of the Year Award for Great Cars – C-type Jaguar, the autobiography of XKC 051. He lives in East Sussex with his wife Diane.

ISBN: 9781913089603

Publisher: Porter Press

Binding Type: Hardcover

Illustrations: Over 110

Language: NA

Pages: 128

Printing Status: In Print

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