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Car Club Badges

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I’ve always like those Car Club Badges that adorn the front bumpers of (mostly) British cars.  They look sturdy and classy and just plain cool.

Arnie Brown in Maryland has a bit of history on these jewels.

Motoring had started in earnest in the early days of the 20th Century. It was natural for car owners to form themselves into clubs, and there were good reasons. The condition of the road was abysmal at best, and only by some form of united pressure could motorists hope for improvement.

The main reason behind the formation of these early organizations was to make a stand against the antagonism shown to motorists by the public at large, the legislators and by the Police whose attitude was nothing short of outright hostility.

This was particularly true in Great Britain, because in 1865, the Locomotives on Highways Act restricted mechanically propelled vehicles to a maximum speed of 5 mph on country roads and  2.5 mph in built-up areas. The act required three drivers for each vehicle. Two to travel in the vehicle and one to walk ahead carrying a red flag. (The Red Flag Act) This act was repealed in 1896 when the speed limit was raised to 14 mph.

The “Red Flag Act” was repealed after nearly two decades of strong support from horse interests. Horse-less vehicles were now free to travel faster than walking pace. The Royal Automobile Club was founded, and the first RAC London to Brighton run was held to celebrate the new era of speed.

Car badges were introduced by the Automobile Association in March of 1906 to identify members and warn them of police speed traps up ahead. If the road was clear of police, the AA man would salute the driver if his vehicle displayed an  AA badge. This practice was continued until  the late 1960s.

Car badges have made a comeback in recent years, and rapidly continue to become more popular as a way to dress up your car and show  pride in your club membership.

Arnie Brown’s Automobilia

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June 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Classy little place

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There’s this classy little courtyard off Park Avenue in Winter Park FL.  The times that I’ve passed it, I wished I’d had my camera with me.  I got a shot of it last week and thought I’d post it along with a couple of other jewels from the Winter Park streets.


Friendly Brit on the street

RR gleaming

Jaguar 1922 – 2009 – Always a great looking car

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The Jaguar Badge

The Jaguar Badge

Founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, by two motorcycle enthusiasts, Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley, the SS Jaguar name first appeared on a 2.5 litre saloon in 1935, sports models of which were the SS 90 and SS 100. The Jaguar name was given to the entire company in 1945 when the SS was dropped due to lack of popularity from WWII.

Jaguar made its name in the 1950s with a series of elegantly-styled sports cars and luxury saloons. In 1951 the company leased what would quickly become its principal plant from the Daimler Motor Company (not to be confused with Daimler-Benz), and in 1960 purchased Daimler from its parent company, the Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA). From the late 1960s, Daimler was used as a brand name for Jaguar’s most luxurious saloons.

Jaguar merged with the British Motor Corporation (BMC), the Austin-Morris combine, to form British Motor Holdings (BMH) in 1966. After merging with Leyland, which had already taken over Rover and Standard Triumph, the resultant company then became the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) in 1968. Financial difficulties and the publication of the Ryder Report led to effective nationalization in 1975 and the company became British Leyland, Ltd. (later simply BL plc).

In the 1970s the Jaguar and Daimler marques formed part of BL’s specialist car division or Jaguar Rover Triumph Ltd until a restructure in the early 1980s saw most of the BL volume car manufacturing side becoming the Austin Rover Group within which Jaguar was not included. In 1984, Jaguar was floated off as a separate company on the stock market — one of the Thatcher government’s many privatizations.

In 1999 Jaguar became part of Ford’s new Premier Automotive Group along with Aston Martin, Volvo Cars and, from 2000, Land Rover; Aston Martin was subsequently sold off in 2007. Between Ford purchasing Jaguar in 1989 and selling it in 2008 it did not earn any profit for the Dearborn-based auto manufacturer.

On 11 June 2007, Ford announced that it planned to sell Jaguar, along with Land Rover. On 26 March 2008, Ford announced that it had agreed to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors of India — — a very bad move indeed!

Large executive

§ 1935–1948 2½ Litre saloon

§ 1937–1948 3½ Litre saloon

§ 1948–1951 Mark V

§ 1951–1957 Mark VII (& VIIM)

§ 1957–1959 Mark VIII

§ 1959–1961 Mark IX

§ 1961-1970 Mark X

§ 1966-1970 420G

§ 1968–1987 XJ6 Series 1, 2 & 3

§ 1972–1992 XJ12

§ 1986–1994 XJ6 (XJ40)

§ 1993–1994 XJ12 (XJ81)

§ 1995–1997 XJ6 & XJ12 (X300 & X301)

§ 1998–2003 XJ8 (X308)

§ 2004–2009 XJ (X350)

§ 2009–date XJ (X351)

Compact executive

§ 1935–1949 1½ Litre saloon

§ 1955–1959 Mark 1

§ 1959–1967 Mark 2

§ 1963–1968 S-type

§ 1966–1968 420

§ 1966–1968 240 & 340

§ 1999-2008 S-type

§ 2001-date X-type

§ 2008-date XF


§ 1948–1954 XK120

§ 1954–1957 XK140

§ 1957–1961 XK150

§ 1961–1974 E-Type

§ 1975–1996 XJ-S

§ 1992-1994 XJ220

§ 1997–2005 XKR (X100)

§ 1996–2006 Jaguar XK8 [41]

§ 2007-date XKR (X150)

Concept models

§ Pirana (1967)

§ XK180 (1998)

§ F-type (2000) – Roadster, similar to the XK8 but smaller

§ R-Coupé (2002) – Luxury four-seater coupé, closest competitor being the Bentley Continental GT

§ Fuore XF 10 (2003)

§ R-D6 (2003) – Compact four-seat coupé

§ XK-RR – A high-performance version of last generation XK coupé

§ XK-RS – Another performance-spec version of last generation XK convertible

§ Concept Eight (2004) – Super-luxury version of the long-wheelbase model of the XJ

§ C-XF (2007)

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The great team at Collier Jaguar in Orlando let me snap away as long as I wanted to – nice folks over there – with a great product.




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I love the older Jags – when I was in high school, my next-door-neighbor had a 1960 Jaguar Saloon – it was a stately-looking rig and I think I’ve always liked them since seeing his.

60 Jaguar

The rest of these beautiful cats are varied, but they have a very magical look about them.  Kinda makes you want to dig out your tweeds and find that Meerschaum and pack it with some fragrant smoking tobacco.  Take a look:

1960 Mark II Saloon

1960 Mark II Saloon

1960 Mark II Saloon

1960 Mark II Saloon

1960 Jaguar MK IX

1960 Jaguar MK IX

Jaguar MK V Saloon

Jaguar MK V Saloon

Jaguar MK II

Jaguar MK II

Jaguar XK 120

Jaguar XK 120

Jaguar E Type V-12

Jaguar E Type V-12



Jags – preview

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I stopped by Collier Jaguar in Orlando today – just to get some shots of the new Jags on display.  There were a handsome xfr and xk models on the floor.  This photo is just a preview for now.  I’ll get more of the text and credits in order then post the whole thing – along with some of the classic jags and comments.  In the meantime – enjoy this cat.

Jag lugs HDR

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September 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Various photos – post processing

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I’ve been working on post processing techniques.  Some work out OK, others don’t.  Its getting the right mix of light/shadows/color/hue/saturation.  Oh, it help if one is talented – which I’m not.  Maybe just lucky sometimes.  These are from a recent ride through St. Augustine, FL.

devil fixed

Green Padre HDR

Jag fixed

Lion fixed

Macorcian fixed

Austin Healey

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Austin-Healey was a brand of sports car. The marque was established through a joint venture arrangement set up in 1952 between Leonard Lord of the Austin division of the British Motor Corporation and Donald Healey, a renowned automotive engineer and designer.

Donald Healey ran a small works company, producing only a small number of cars. Healey showed a car at the Earls Court motor show in 1952 called the 100. On seeing this car the general public’s enthusiasm for the car, Austin thought fit to produce the car at Longbridge. This car later went on to be known as the Austin-Healey 100.  This was the original ‘big Healey’ with a 2.6 litre four-cylinder engine.

In 1958 the Sprite was released, the much-loved “Frog-Eyed-Sprite”, have enthusiasts spread around the globe. The headlights were originally intended to be retractable, but due to the costs involved the idea was shelved, and they were just bolted to the bonnet! A good job too, I think. The public sure liked the car, because the company sold almost 40,000.

A more powerful version of the big Healey launched in 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000.  In 1972 Austin-Healey ceased building cars, However Healey’s name lived on with the Jensen-Healey, and Sprite parts were still to be used in the MG Midget.

Austin-Healey 3000

1959 – 1961 BN7 Mark I (2 seat), BT7 Mark I (2+2 seats)

1961 – 1962 BN7 Mark II (2 seat), BT7 Mark II (2+2 seats), BJ7 Mark II (2 seat)

1962 – 1964 BJ7 Mark II (roll-up windows)

1964 – 1967 BJ8 Mark III

In 1953 a special streamlined Austin-Healey set several land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.

The first car for Mattel’s ‘Barbie’ Doll was an Austin Healey (pink with teal interior)








1963 Austin Healey MK3000

1963 Austin Healey MK3000 Grille

1963 Austin Healey MK3000 Side