San Diego Jaguar Club

History of the San Diego Jaguar Club

Back in 1958, a young Navy pilot, John Duncan, was transferred to San Diego from San Francisco. He owned a Jaguar XK 140 MC FHC.  He had been very active in the San Francisco Jaguar Club. San Diego did not have a Jaguar Club so he joined the Coronado Sports Car Club.  There, he met Bill Grevemeyer and Bill Swett, who also owned Jaguars.  They decided to organize a Jaguar Club in San Diego.

 

The men placed flyers on every Jaguar they saw.  Early in 1959, they had enough people interested to apply to Jaguar Clubs of North America for a charter for the Jaguar Automobile Club of San Diego.  The club's corporate charter defined its purpose as providing a social environment within which Jaguar owners can share their enthusiasm for Jaguar cars, perpetuate the heritage of the marque, and encourage the preservation and restoration of older Jaguar cars.

 

The First Jaguar Automobile Club of San Diego Meeting:

The group met at the Mexican Village in Coronado, CA on March 6, 1959 to form the San Diego Jaguar Club as a non-profit corporation.

 

First Club Officers:

President: John Duncan

Vice President: Bill Swett

Secretary / Treasurer: Cleo Adams

Activities Chairman: Bill Grevemeyer

 

The First Jaguar Automobile Club of San Diego Activity:

The club participated in the Coronado Fourth of July Parade.  Miss San Diego, Raquel Tajado (later known as Raquel Welch), rode in one of the club's Jaguars.

 

The First Jaguar Automobile Club of San Diego Major Event:

The weekend event in Ensenada featured 11 cars from San Diego, 9 cars from San Francisco, and 6 cars from Los Angeles - 26 Jaguars in all. The City of Ensenada hosted the Jaguar owners who arrived on Friday afternoon in July.  Margaritas were free and there was dancing in the streets. The cars participated in a hill-climb event.

 

The First Jaguar Automobile Club of San Diego Concours:

The first club Concours was held in Balboa Park a the Organ Pavilion Amphitheater as part of the 1959 Fiesta del Pacifico.  Over 50 Jaguars from California were entered. The Chief Judge was well-known automotive authority, Bill Corey, of Pasadena.

 

 

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History of the SDJC Logo

Bob Fitzgerald was President of the San Diego Jaguar Club in 1962.  The club was very active in area rallies, as were other car clubs in San Diego.  The cars in a rally were numbered, but Bob felt the SDJC cars should be identified as belonging to club members.  Bob sat down at his drawing board and created the artwork for the club logo.  This turned out to be the wire wheel with "JAGUAR CLUB SAN DIEGO" printed around the tire.  To emphasize the motif, he drew a Jaguar as depicted by the hood ornament, leaping from the upper portion of the tire.  Copies were made to pass out to members entering the rallies to tape on the car doors.


The club decided to order patches.  Small patches were placed over shirt pockets and large ones were placed on shirt backs.  These were worn to rallies, driving events, and the Concours.

 

The leaper Jaguar was later updated, reversed, and moved to its present position.  The new logo is used on newsletters, mastheads, decals, Jaguar car windshields, stationary, badges, writing pens, hats, and lapel pens.

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Most Valued Member Award


Most Valued Member Award

As voted on by that year’s Elected Officers and Board of Directors

(Perpetual Trophy)

2008  Nedra Rummell

2009  Dan Jensen

2010  Robert J Celli

2011  George Klein

2012  Paul Novak

2013  Rexford Ryan

2014  Grant Rummell

2015  Rod Melendez

2016 David Putnam

2017 

2018 

2019 

2020 

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Bill Tuchscher Memorial Award

Bill Tuchscher Memorial Award


The annual SDJC Tuchscher award goes to the SDJC member with a Jaguar over twenty years old, scoring the highest points awarded in a Champion Division Class at the SDJC Concours d'Elegance


The Following is Etched on the Perpetual Trophy:

Annual Concourse Sponsored by the Jaguar Club of San Diego

In Memory of William C. Tuchscher

June 26, 1936 – May 22, 1977

Beloved member of the San Diego Jaguar Club

He loved his family, friends, and life

Although much too short, his life was full

A Big man with a heart as big as he was

We miss him.


The following list is of the winners from the awards inception in 1977

to the present day.


Year

Owner

Jaguar

1977

Jim Shiner

1954 XK120 FHC

1978

Bob & Marlys Lakin

1972 E Type Roadster

1979

Dick & Joanne Fuller

1954 XK120 Roadster

1980

Frank & Mary Lou Owen

1967 XKE Coupe

1981

Jack & Marian Butler

1954 XK120 FHC

1982

Tom & Marge Denny

1982 XJ6

1983

Richard Flint

1972 E Type 2+2

1984

Ian & Barbara Cottrell

1970 XKE Coupe

1985

Lew Skaug

1981 XJ6

1986

Wright Benson

1967 E Type 2+2

1987

Henry Krisel

1967 420 Sedan

1988

Dick & Joanne Fuller

1948 3 ½ L DHC

1989

Dick & Ginny Cavicke

1952 XK 120 OTC

1990

Dennis Crooks

1963 E Type OTS

1991

Marlys Lakin

1991 Soverign

1992

Dick & Joanne Fuller

1953 XK 120 OTS

1993

Doug & Jeri Stinson

1993 XJ6 VDP

1994

Mike & Sharon Ludwig

1957 XK 140 DHC

1995

Doug & Geri Stinson

1993 XJ6 VDP

1996

Frank Stone

1970 E OTS

1997

Victor Heerman

1997 XKS FHC

1998

Les White

1962 MK2

1999

Tom Krefetz

1949 XK 120 OTS

2000

Ronald Carr

1966 E-Type OTS

2001

Jerry & Ruth Meyer

1967 E-Type OTS

2002

Dick & Ginny Cavicke

1953 XK 120 FHC

2003

Jerry Meyer

1967 E-Type OTS

2004

Floyd & Eliz Geissler

1963 E-Type Coupe

2005

Dick & Ginny Cavicke

1953 XK 120 FHC

2006

Don Harrington

1984 XJ6 Sedan

2007

Rex Ryan

1961 MK2 Saloon

2008

Paul & Sandi McCarthy

1958 XK 150 OTS

2009

Paul & Sandi McCarthy

1958 XK 150 OTS

2010

Jack Rabell

1954 XK 120 FHC

2011

Jack Rabell

Tom Krefetz

1954 XK 120 FHC

1959 XK 150 FHC

2012

Stanley Elman

Ken & Sandy Smith

Paul Novak

1962 E-Type Roadster

1967 E-Type Roadster

1990 XJ12 VDP

2013

J Craig Venter

1948 Mark IV

2014

Tom Krefetz

1938 3.5L SS100

2015

Paul Novak

1990 V12 Vanden Plas

2016

Colin Seid & Richard Annis

1935 SS-1

2017

 

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

 

2020