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Jaguar Donation planned for Invincible Restoration

Jaguar Enthusiasts Club donation to assist the restoration of a vintage steam locomotive



Having run a successful car show and fund raising event on the Island for a number of years in 2008 the Isle of Wight Jaguar Enthusiasts Club found the need to relocate to a larger venue. An agreement was reached with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and for 9 years the event has been held in the show field located adjacent to Havenstreet Station.

The charity chosen to benefit from the event held in July 2016 was a very specific project on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. A cheque for £1,500 is to be presented on Sunday 16 April to assist the restoration and eventual return to service the 1915 Hawthorne Leslie 0-4-0ST locomotive ‘Invincible’. 

Peter Vail, General Manager of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway said “This locomotive first came to the Island in 1971 and was the service engine that helped establish the Railway as we now know it. The great shame is that this much loved locomotive has been out of service since 2009. The aim is to use this generous donation to kick start the long awaited restoration of “Invincible”.

Over the 9 years at the Railway, the Jaguar Car Club has grown from a relatively small event to a major attraction which now includes many vintage vehicles, not just Jaguars. A range of arena acts and stalls have secured the Jaguar Show as a day out for all the family. Of course, the star of the show is always a range of Jaguars dating back to the 1930’s.

In 2017 the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club show is moving to a new venue at Sandown Airport on Sunday 13 August 2017. Keith Parish of the Isle of Wight Jaguar Enthusiasts said “Working with the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has helped establish and grow our annual event. We are thrilled to assist the Railway in their quest to get “Invincible” back into steam. The Club are looking forward to the challenge of a new venue for our 2017 show.”


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