Third Annual Roar n Soar Florida Fall Slaloms

Third Annual Roar n' Soar Fall Slaloms

There was a great turn out for the 2009 Fall JCNA sanctioned slalom event held by the Jaguar Club of Florida and Sun Coast Jaguar Club during the Third annual "Roar and Soar" weekend at the Fantasy of Flight. The attraction is the home of a spectacular aviation museum and restoration shop that consists of vintage aircraft spanning over 100 years of flight.

Founder, Kermit Weeks, flew as many of the museums fully restored aircraft as he could over two days while the museum was open to attendees. As he was soaring, we were roaring with our cars at the slalom, along with the vintage antique race boats on the propertys lake, and RC planes and vehicles everywhere. The weather was mild, skies blue, and summer finally over in central Florida.

Veteran JCNA slalom coordinators, Ginger Corda, Mike Baker, and Gary and Sue Hagopian set up the standard JNCA slalom course. There were ten participating Jaguars each day in seven classes, along with a large number of guests consisting of race cars (Austin Healey Sprite, MG TD) and modified street cars (427 alloy AC "type" Cobra, Evo's, twin turbo Corvettes). The mandatory retired Sheriffs cruiser of Mark Goodall was in full lights on the course. He seemed to attract all the on and off duty law officers there, who really enjoyed watching his runs. In all, over 50 cars competed on Saturday and Sunday to a packed audience as we played our part in the Roar n' Soar "four ring speed circus."

After Bill Snowden and Tom Curren conducted the morning tech sessions, Ginger ordered the slalom to start. Participants walked the course as Gary Hagopian gave some very insightful instructions and tips to successfully navigate the course for best time. The most powerful, fastest car is not necessarily the quickest around the slalom course, as some seasoned race drivers could attest.

Tom Curren and Johanna Rosser drove Toms XK 120 special race car very quickly. Tom Wright and son drove a beautiful blue alloy XK 120 roadster. This car is a 100-point Concours show winner and no garage queen. It was good to see a car like this and Gingers 1935 SS being driven as they should be. There were several beautiful E-Type coupes and roadsters clocking times around the course. Most notably, the Hagopian race car, as it burned rubber around the track only to be out-done in that by the Pasco County Sheriffs cruiser doing donuts and still clocking an official time.

The slalom runs were broken up by a long lunch that allowed participants to enjoy the other activities at Fantasy of Flight. Kermit Weeks flew his P-51 and P40 fighter planes overhead and buzzing the field. There was also a rare, antique, classic and exotic car show next to us with some fantastic Jaguars and dozens of other cars on display. Our own Nancilou Pattons blue Series III E-Type won People's Choice award on the day she attended. Early Saturday evening we enjoyed a BBQ in the art deco hangar conference facility, hosted by Kermit Weeks for all who cared to attend.

Sunday saw a repeat slalom performance, much to the entertainment of all, and records were set! Three of us--Tom Curren, in the 1952 XK120; Tom Wright III, in the 1949 XK120; and I in my 1966 E-type -- set new JCNA North American slalom times with our best runs. Ginger Corda also set the fastest time in Class A for 2009 with "Grace," the oldest Jaguar (1935 SSII Tourer) known to compete in a JCNA slalom!