Run by Graeme Hurst
Owned since February 2005
Total mileage 71,619
Miles since July report 460
Latest costs £15
BIG CAT ROARS TO LONGLEAT PARK
I’ve been enjoying the XK’s newfound suspension health and added urge with various outings before it gets lashed down inside a container to go to Cape Town. Each time I have invariably walked around to the wrong side of the car as I’ve yet to fully comprehend its recent RHD conversion! It does feel a whole lot better – in comfort and control – as a right-hooker, mind.
As ever, each drive was followed by a brief session under the car. The offside-rear tailpipe mount sheared just as I reversed out of my brother in- law’s new house and the flailing exhaust scooped up a load of gravel.
Some coat-hanger wire held for long enough to get us home, where I discovered that both silencer mounts had broken, which is why the remaining hanger had snapped. Naturally this happened the day before I went on the GCCG Eurotour, so I had to cobble a repair with a clamp. It did the job, though, and we were soon off for four days touring Wiltshire.
The 200-mile route featured scenic roads, plus visits to the Atwell-Wilson Car Museum and the Crofton Pumping Station. Other highlights included Stonehenge and Longleat where the XK’s soft-top meant that it, and mate Ian Hancock’s lovely C-type recreation, couldn’t join the real cats inside the safari park. Goodwood’s spectacularly busy Supercar Sunday Breakfast Club meeting on 2 June also made a great excuse to take the XK for a blast.
The only downside lately has been the fuel thirst, courtesy of the 2in carb upgrade. To be fair, XK guru Guy Broad did warn me that a heavy right foot would hurt more at the pumps. Still, that didn’t prepare me for a figure nudging 12mpg! Broad supplied a pair of UOSU needles, which were easy to fit and offer a leaner burn but less oomph than the UVR-spec items. Early indications are encouraging even if the power is slightly tempered, but you can’t have it both ways.
THANKS TO Guy Broad Parts: 01676541980; www.guybroad.co.uk
Not the usual sort of big cat spotted at Longleat, which was a stop-off on GCCG Eurotour
New carb needles improved consumption.
Clamp exhaust bodge is still going strong.
XK with the moderns at Supercar Sunday.