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Click on the Jag in my driveway The middle of June, 1999, the water pump in my Celica broke.   The car was towed 26 miles and repaired.   That evening, I was seized by the rare urge to read the classifieds in the local newspaper.   The car I had always dreamed of was there at a terrific price.   The Jaguar XJ6 was in such impeccable condition it could have been shown that weekend.   Not unexpectedly, it was love at first sight and I bought it.   The Jaguar is incredible, unlike any car I have ever owned and, if you have ever wanted one, I suggest you waste no time.   The thing has a personality!

Jaguar in the Wild
After finding the Jag Lovers web site and meeting a large group of devoted Jaguar enthusiasts, I knew for sure I had something special.   As an artist who enjoys computer graphics I realized I could play with the car even when not even driving it.   Take a normal photo, like the one above, and put it somewhere exotic.   It looks great anywhere and, with the different backgrounds, it can go places and not put any mileage on!   The composite photo on the right shows the Jag in an old print that includes a painting of a four-legged jaguar.   Click on any of these photos for enlargements.   And if you have an MP3 player, listen to a snip of one of the soundtracks from a past Jaguar commercial that conveys the feeling of this wonderful car.

Capitol Jag By graphically "parking" my car in different locations, I can see what compliments it the most.   For example, putting it on the lawn of the Capitol building, it looks a whole lot better than in front of my much more humble abode.   So, all I have to do is find more photos where I can "park" my car.   Every effort will be made to avoid any copyright or privacy infringement.   All photos will have been taken by me or Gearloose, or be used with express permission.  

Just another White House visit Right now, you can click on any of these photos and see an enlargement.   As stories about the car come up, those photos will include something for your reading pleasure. As a new Jag owner, I quickly discovered that Jaguar enthusiasts are so interested in their Jag that they do unspeakable things, like vacuum their engines.   Now that I've bonded with this car, I can see myself doing the same, but whatever the subject, stories will surely come.   For example, we fought over who was going to wax it today and Gearloose won.   Go figure.

My Jaguar's D.C. Friend This is my friend's Jaguar.   Eliot works in Washington, D.C., and his Jaguar's name is Dreadnaught.   My Jaguar, Misstoffelees, hasn't met Dreadnaught yet because she hasn't been to D.C., but Dreadnaught and Misstoffelees are very much alike.   Both 1989 XJ40s, their only differences are the headlights and the color.   Oh, yeah, plus Dreadnaught has a little over 50,000 miles on her and Missty has over 120.   What can I say, Missty likes to run.

The Cat Hat
One of a kind Leaper cap

Here is the hat Jag lovers have all been waiting for.   The real Leaper Lid, The Cat on the Hat, the ultimate hood ornament.   This beauty was created by my scientist/inventor, patent-laden creative husband Jon for my birthday, August, 2000.   This one of a kind classy designer hat gets many admiring glances and compliments even though it has yet to attend a JANE: Jaguar Association of New England meeting. Want one just like it?   Click the hat or click here.

Dateline: August 26, 1999

Jon and Mary Rolfe are proud to announce the naming of their white 1989 XJ-40, adopted June 10, 1999.

"The naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games.

When you notice a Cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
Her mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of her name:
          Her ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name."

With appreciation of T.S. Eliot in helping name Jon and Mary's Leaper, most definitely a girl, please meet the magical Jaguar, Misstoffelees.   Jaguar (JAG-you-uh)n. A large, fierce, pavement-eating member of the cat family.   Just About the Greatest, Ultimate, Automobile on Record.

Favorite Links:

Jag Lovers
The Guide to the XJ40 and X300
Jaguar Clubs of North America
JANE: Jaguar Association of New England
Official Jaguar site
U.S. Official Jaguar site
Jaguar Racing

Stay Tuned.


This site created August 8, 1999, with a cat on my lap.

All images on this site are © by Mary Rolfe

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