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XKs Unlimited Tour

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A service shop full of nothing but E-Types and a parts department to build an entire new E-Type: XKs Unlimited has it all.

As a precursor to our Monterey Car Week, we headed down to San Luis Obisbo to XKs Unlimited. This is the same company that has saved our bacon in a pinch and provided the many specific parts E-Type parts on request. Pete in ordering knows every E-Type part number off the top of his head.

The facility itself is setup into two distinct operations, that being service and parts. XKs does full service and restoration work, leaving only the paint work outsourced. The parts take up a bulk of the space and are ordered in a small showroom. This time around we spotted the E-Type racecar owned by XKs Unlimited president Jason Len.

In this building is nothing but Jaguar Parts.

In this building is nothing but Jaguar Parts.

a peek inside the parts warehouse.

a peek inside the parts warehouse.

Jason Len's E-Type racecar in the showroom.

Jason Len’s E-Type racecar in the showroom.

A closer look at Jason Len's potent E-Type racecar with bespoke bits everwhere.

A closer look at Jason Len’s potent E-Type racecar with bespoke bits everwhere.

Main service area

Main service area

Main service area

Main service area

There is a building dedicated to bodywork.

There is a building dedicated to bodywork.

Upholstery and trimming area

Upholstery and trimming area

XK140 being prepped for interior.

XK140 being prepped for interior.

V12 bay fully restored.

V12 bay fully restored.

A future exciting project. V12!

A future exciting project. V12!

Machine and fabrication room.

Machine and fabrication room.

Bentley Tour & Highland House Tour

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A couple weekends ago we opened the doors to the RROC and ended up at the Highland House Farm and Roost for lunch.

It was a great excuse to get our 1935 Bentley out of storage and back on the road.

Hamish Crawford kindly showed us around his Winery including his many British cars that share space with fermentation vessels! Out of this setup comes 100% local Saanich wine such as The Laird’s Ginger Sweethart which is apparently good to mix with scotch!

Spectacular 100M from VanDuesen

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Among three Healey 100s that came from the Island for the VanDuesen show was this spectacular, restoration debut, 100M from owner Chris Yarrow.

This is what you could call a factory 100M which was shipped with competition features directly from the factory.

After subsequent purchase from the Daniel Doucette collection alongside a very original XK120, this 100M was restored by Rudi & Company with paint and body work by Coachwerks Automotive Restoration, chrome by Electroshine Metal Refinshers Ltd and upholstery by Tom Steger and Style’s Auto Upholstery.

Devil is in the details and Chris has gone to great lengths to get this car period correct.

In the Shop: 1955 Citroën Traction Avant Familiale

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This week we serviced a French car! That being the this 1955 Citroën Traction Avant with the 9-window Familiale body.

The Traction Avant dates back to 1934 and was notable for using a front-wheel drive system combined with a steel monocoque chassis.

This particular car was purchased from Chicago, but appears to have spent much time in Europe.

In the shop: Supercharged MG TC

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Today Hamish Crawford stopped by in his new monochrome MG TC speedster.

It has a distinctive checkerboard pattern in the radiator that was original to the car and was typical mod from the 1960s. Long gone are the sweeping fenders, replaced by simple cycle fenders. This config is seriously waxing nostalgia, as Hamish did up a similar car when he was a teenager.

Under the hood is a the full monte; that being a blown supercharger that eschews the obligatory twin SUs for a setup more akin to a Blower Bentley!