Jaguar XK120 Roadster Collects Prestigious Jaguar Trophy At Concours Of Elegance 2016

September 6, 2016 By Mike Lee
Last updated on September 6, 2016

Barrie Woolston (left) presented with Jaguar Trophy for his XK120

  • 120 Jaguars, old and new, entered the Jaguar Trophy 2016 at Windsor Castle
  • ‘Best in Show’ winner of 2016 Jaguar Trophy was a remarkable 1954 XK120 Open Top Sports SE owned by Barrie Woolston
  • ‘Coach Built Era Cars’ category won by a stunning 1934 SS1 Tourer owned by Colin and Ann Stewart
  • ‘Saloons’ category won by an immaculate pale blue Mk I owned by Michael Bing
  • ‘Sportscars’ category won by Series I E-type Coupe Chassis No. 5, owned by Stuart Cardwell
  • ‘Classics of the Future’ category won by Phillip Dyson’s 2002 XKR

The Jaguar Trophy returned to the Concours of Elegance 2016 at Windsor Castle on 3 September for the annual Jaguar Land Rover Saturday.

The overall winner of the Best in Show Jaguar Trophy was Barrie Woolston, owner of a remarkable XK120 Open Top Sports SE (OTS SE).  Woolston’s XK120 has been modified for rallying with its aero screens and fluted bonnet, but also customized with modern disc brakes – helping the car’s drive-ability and enjoyment in modern road conditions, making for a non-standard car, and an unusual winner.

Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic Tim Hannig explains: “To purists, this car is wrong and non-standard in so many ways, I think the only truly original feature is the carpet, however, it is a very well deserved winner of the Jaguar Trophy.  The reason is two fold – first, and simply, all of us judges unanimously agreed that of the 100-plus vehicles we looked at, it is the one we would most like to drive home in.  Secondly, Barrie has bought this car to drive it, and enjoy it for what it is meant to be – an exciting, usable and very beautiful Jaguar.  He has put thousands of miles on it and enjoyed it as a drivers car, a character of this XK120 which is enhanced by its modifications.  They add to the car, and add to its appeal, which is why it is a really great winner of the Jaguar Trophy.”

The XK120 was joined in the winners’ presentation by an immaculately restored SS1 Tourer, which took the ‘Coach Built Era Cars’ category award.  ‘KV 9740’ was the subject of a 25-year restoration by its owner Colin Stewart, who bought the car in derelict condition from Texas in 1990.  The car made it’s concours debut in 2015 at Pebble Beach.

Winner of the Sportscar class was a Series 1 E-type, appropriately registered ‘1600 HP’ and owned by Stuart Cardwell.  Chassis number 5, this right hand drive fixed head coupe was the very first E-type to feature internal bonnet locks, and was presented in beautiful original condition.

The winner of the Saloon class was an immaculately presented Mk 1, owned by Michael Bing, while the Classics of the Future class went to a pristine XKR from 2002 – Phillip Dyson’s ‘DG52 XKR’.

Eight judges made up the Jaguar Trophy panel, led by John Edwards (Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations) and Tim Hannig (Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic).  Joining John and Tim on the panel were Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt (Master of the Royal Household), David Lillywhite (Editor, Octane magazine), Paul Walton, (Editor, Jaguar World), Karen Marshall (Managing Director, Bridge of Weir Leather Company), Tim Scott ( classic car aficionado and photographer) and Jaguar’s in-house classic car expert, Tony O’Keeffe.

Chief Judge John Edwards said:

“The standard of cars turned out for the Jaguar Trophy has been really outstanding, and a massive amount of effort has gone in to presenting the 100-plus cars by their owners.  It’s an honour to host our event at Windsor Castle, particularly in Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year and to be a part of the Concours of Elegance’s celebration of this very significant milestone.

“I am delighted at the support from the Jaguar owners’ fraternity and our congratulations as a judging panel to all the winners.  Jaguar Land Rover Classic continues to grow its support for the brands’ heritage through wonderful experiences like the Jaguar Trophy, as well as offering Classic customers a comprehensive suite of car sales, restorations and original parts supply – across both marques.”