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SS Jaguar 100: The Remarkable Story of 18008

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The Fascinating History of 'Old Number 8' - A Classic SS Jaguar 100

The Fascinating History of 'Old Number 8' - A Classic SS Jaguar 100


Explore the captivating journey of the SS Jaguar 100, a groundbreaking model introduced in 1935 by the company that would later become Jaguar. This iconic car, famously known as 'Old Number 8' or BWK 77, holds a rich history that includes competition victories, ownership changes, and an enduring legacy. Join us as we delve into its remarkable story in this 11th installment of the Exceptional Cars series from Porter Press International.

1. The Birth of a Legend

Discover the roots of 'Old Number 8' and its role as the first genuine performance vehicle to bear the Jaguar name. Launched in 1935, the SS Jaguar 100 marked a significant milestone in the evolution of the company.

2. From Factory to Fame

Learn how this exceptional car transitioned from being sold new to Sammy Newsome to becoming the SS Cars factory's development car. Uncover the story behind its rise to fame and recognition.

3. Triumph at the 1936 International Alpine Trial

Relive the historic moment when 'Old Number 8' achieved a penalty-free run in the 1936 International Alpine Trial, driven by the husband-and-wife duo of Tommy and Elsie Wisdom.

4. Racing Legacy

Witness 'Old Number 8' transform into a lightweight 3.5-liter racer, competing at renowned venues like Brooklands and Shelsley Walsh. Its post-World War Two journey and continued competition history will leave you in awe.

5. A Chronicle of Owners

Explore in-depth profiles of each private owner who had the privilege of owning and racing this unique SS100, celebrating their competitive achievements with the car.

6. Visual Journey

Experience the car's sporting history through a stunning collection of photographs, spanning from the 1936 Scottish Rally to the 2022 Spa Six Hours Historic Meeting.

7. Evolution and Restoration

Trace the evolution of BWK 77, from its factory form to its transformation into a lightweight racer, and learn about its meticulous restoration in the late 1960s.

8. Studio Portraits

Admire a breathtaking set of studio images of 'Old Number 8,' beautifully captured by John Colley, showcasing the car's timeless elegance and charm.

The Author

Meet Chas Parker, the author who traded a career in astronomy for his passion for motorsport. With a background as a press officer for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Chas brings a unique perspective to his automotive writing. He has authored 13 books, including titles on Brands Hatch, Silverstone, and various iconic cars. His contributions to the Great Cars and Exceptional Cars series from Porter Press International have earned recognition and accolades in the automotive world.

Join us on this extraordinary journey through time and experience the legacy of 'Old Number 8,' a true automotive legend.

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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