- Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 00:00
In July 1991, the first factory demonstrator XJ220 was registered with the DVLA. That October, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, unveiled the first production XJ220 at the factory at Wykham Mill, in Bloxham.
21 years on, John Bleasdale organised a reunion meeting at Bloxham for members of his XJ Supercar Register. 10 cars travelled from around the UK to meet at Bloxham for a photo-shoot where among those who came along to see the spectacle was North Oxfordshire MP Tony Baldry and a number of ex-Bloxham employees.
The cars then set off in convoy for Waddesdon Manor where they provided a magnificent display as specially invited guests at the Aston Martin Owners’ Club Spring Concours.
It is believed that ten cars is a record for the most XJ 220s collected together since production ceased. As a percentage of the total of around 280 cars built, it is a commendable achievement. The icing on the cake came at Waddesdon where an eleventh car joined the display.
The Aston Martin Owner s’ Club kindly organised an XJ220 concours, and with a panel of judges led by Mick Duffy, the winner was announced as Colin Manconi. Second place was awarded to Gordon Logan, who just happened to be visiting the UK from his home in Texas to collect his car from Jaguar Servicing at Gaydon, where it had been serviced.