Jaguar car update

Billy Kinnear driving the Jaguar XK120 in the early 50s.
Billy Kinnear driving the Jaguar XK120 in the early 50s.

LAST week we asked readers of the Galloway Gazette to give us any information thay had about a classic Jaguar racing car that was owned and raced by a dentist in Stranraer in the early 1950s.

A few days later Robin Kinnear from Port William produced this photograph of his late brother Billy driving the car in 1951. Robin said that the Jaguar XK 120 was well known on the Scottish Racing circuit and had also been driven by Jimmy Stewart, the brother of former Formula 1 world champion Jackie.

The car was owned by Freddie Mort, and Robin said that modifications he made to the car, such as removing a headlight and replacing it with a grill to allow more air into the carburettor, were ground breaking. He added that several other modifications that were carried out on the car by Bobby Bell, the mechanic at the County Garage in Stranraer, were then picked up by Jaguar competitions department.

The 60-year-old car has recently arrived in Scotland after being shipped back from the far east and is now taking pride of place at the Moray Motor Museum in Elgin.