As a confirmed Jaguar fan(atic), I frequently feel Motor Sport does not devote enough space to these fine cars and fails to recognise their superiority over virtually every other modern car. Too much effort is wasted on Escorts and the like, tarted up with enough bits to decorate every Christmas tree in Norway. What is that saying about silk purses and tin cans? Needless to say January’s issue (the excellent article on E-types) replenished the Christmas spirit, filled me with joy and raised my hopes for the new year!
My main reason for writing, however, is only indirectly connected with the above and concerns your problem with clocks, powered by dry cells. The number of Motor Sport readers interested in 3-litre Rovers is presumably indicated by the response to your original appeal. I should imagine Rover drivers read Old Moore’s Almanac and keep time by the calendar! Had you concerned yourselves with a more sporting saloon, say a Jaguar 420, no doubt you would have received much greater support! This car, at least my 1968 model, has a clock powered by a tiny dry cell and is independent of other electrical systems, The battery, (I am afraid I don’t know how long it lasts) fitted next to the clock behind the screen rail, is accessible after lowering the central hinged part of the dashboard. The clock in question is no fancy Kienzle but a down to earth Smiths and is exceptionally accurate. I enclose a copy of the first page of the manual for your use.
I hope this may be of some interest to you and that it will encourage you to expand more energy in the coming year on the Jaguar and leave lesser cars to lesser magazines!
Graham C. Reddie.