Steve Starling is the Grand Tourer Register Secretary. Steve’s driving career began with a Triumph TR2 and other classic British sports cars. For a time he regressed to V8 muscle cars including a Holden Monaro coupe. Eventually, Steve matured buying a Jaguar 2002 XK8 X100 convertible and joining the JCCWA in 2014.
The Grand Tourer Register covers Jaguar XJS, XK8, and F-Type models built from 1975 to the present day. These sporty, two door convertibles and coupes are fitted with 6, 8, and 12 cylinder, either naturally aspirated or supercharged, petrol engines ranging in capacity from 4 to 5 litres.
The XJS was manufactured from 1975 to 1996 and racing versions won many Touring Car races around the world, including achieving 1st, 2nd, and 5th in the Bathurst 1000 in 1985. The initial 4 litre XK8 X100 series produced from 1996 to 2006 with flowing E-Type inspired bodywork and powered by a new Jaguar designed 4 litre V8 engine won over the American market at a critical time for the company. The 4.2 litre V8 XK8 X150 series that followed from 2006 to 2014 featured a remodelled aluminium body, redesigned interior, and advanced electronics. The F-type was launched at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and in 2015 the all-wheel-drive 5 litre supercharged V8 F-Type SVR, which develops 423kw and can reach 322 km/h, was unleashed becoming the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever built.
As well as high performance, Jaguar Grand Tourers offer style, comfort, and reliability making them splendid vehicles for car shows, track days, club drives, and extended trips around WA and across Australia.