Jaguars on the Green, 2014
E-Types predominated at the 2014 Jaguars on the Green concours August 9th at the LeMay , America’s Car Museum. A total of 46 cars signed up in all classes, with 27 judged. The intensely blue sky complimented the thick green turf promised in the title of the event. It was hot, but bearable with a cool breeze. Event sponsor Jaguar of Tacoma brought five seductive new models including an F-Type convertible modified by RDE Autosport to twist and shout out 697 horsepower.
The weather, turnout of Jaguars and the new venue made the 2014 All British Field Meet (ABFM) a fresh and successful experience. Thirty Seven Jaguars made a great display on the lawns of the historic Seminary at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore. The move to grass from Bellevue College parking lot was greatly appreciated by everyone. It is hoped that this will be a regular venue for the ABFM in coming years.
We celebrated a couple birthdays. The theme of the ABFM was the 50th anniversary of the Tyee Triumph Club. JDRC members John and Sondra Mangan finished their TR-7 in time to be displayed in the center circle feature area. They also brought their 2006 Jaguar S-Type. The other birthday celebration was for JDRC Concours Chair Ray Papineau. His daughter Heather showed up with Ray’s mother, balloons and a big birthday cake that she shared with club members. As usual, Heather captured the event with high-quality photos, some of which accompany this article.
Aero Museum: a successful experiment in mentoring youth
Story by Paul Griffin
Photos by Kurt Jacobson and Paul Griffin
Jerry Thuotte is many things: visionary, taskmaster, aviator, craftsman, leader of men. But more than anything, he helps shape young lives in productive channels. He accomplishes what he sets out to do. He was our host and tour guide at the recent Tech Session and General Meeting on June 7th.
Jerry is the driving force behind the Port Townsend Aero Museum and the aircraft restoration program that has seen over 360 youth participate in life-changing instruction.
Local residents and club members Will and Susan Jacob-Humiston worked with JDRC/NWA Technical VP Kurt Jacobson to arrange our visit to the museum. Over 20 members and guests arrived around noon for beverages and pizza, they discussed a little club business. We welcomed two new members that joined the club that very day at the Aero Museum; Bob & Diane Nagy saw our group, had owned an XK120 in the past, and were excited to join us.
Then Jerry spoke to the group for around half an hour before our tour began. He told of the very interesting background of he and his wife Peggy, of the museum, and of the kids that have gone through the program. Jerry strongly believes that our country and the world needs good, dedicated, and disciplined youth because they are our future leaders, and that more than ever we need good leadership.