It is with the greatest of sadness that I have to advise members that our club patron passed quietly in the early hours the morning on 21st June 2019. We take comfort to know that it was peaceful and in the arms of his loving family.
The Jaguar Car Club of WA has enjoyed Jim’s extraordinary support of our movement from its inception, being the most worthy of club patrons. In more recent times he has been valiantly battling the ravages of time but you would all recall his beaming countenance at and enjoyment of, our meetings. His departure leaves a gaping hole and we all share Betty’s and the Roadbend family’s loss.
No doubt on his way through the pearly gates he’ll already be bending St Peter’s ear about how best to “size” an XK engine’s rear main seal but it makes me sad that this and many other of the dark arts of Jaguar maintenance are now lost to all but St Peter.
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Jim's History with Jaguars
With the factory instruction course achieved in 1961, and with many friendships created with some of the Jaguar greats, including Lofty England, Jim returned to WA to work with Don Hall at his speed shop 1965 and Jim started his own business in a Caltex service station on a 'road bend' in Albany Highway (hence the still operating business name of Roadbend now run by his sons). The growth of the business rapidly outstripped the facilities of the premises and new ones were constructed nearby and moved into.
During all his working years Jim participated in competition motor sports eventually settling on rallying as a less time and money consuming area of interest. He raced a number of MK1 Jaguars with great success - over a period of 3 years winning the Amateur Trials Series, The Darling 200 Rally, King of the Mountains Trophy and 1000 Mile Rally and various placings in other top class events. He also participated in the ever popular Variety Club Charity Bash.
Now retired, Jim has returned to an earlier interest in landscaping and tends the beautiful gardens of his home. He's still competing in the concourse arena, hosts a very popular club night and participates in many club events.
The JCCWA is very proud to have had Jim Percival as a Life Member and their Patron.
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