To all in the Jensen 541 community, owners, potential owners and wellwishers, we wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Contributor Craig Horner has emailed me details of when a Jensen 541 joined the fleet of Classic Car editor Michael Bowler, way back in 1974. I'll publish the link next time, when I've reduced the size of the PDF a bit, but as a tasterm here is that car on the front cover of Classic Car magazine in 1975.
Picture credit: T&CC
Regular readers will know we have been following the progress of the restoration of a 541R belonging to Fuzz Townshend of "Car SOS" TV fame. He is also a drummer, bus engineer, restorer
and freelance classic car journalist.
I've heard exciting news of a LHD converted 541 that is just completing a magnificent restoration, and will soon be on the market. When I can say more, I'll post on the Forum "For Sale" section.
MYSTERY CAR LOCATED
A couple of years ago, I posted this picture of an unidentifed car in an unknown location.
The Christmas break seems to be the time many people plan their Summer holidays.
Don't forget to check the Events on the Forum to see what is on offer over 2018
A FEW CHRISTMAS CARDS Not a robin in sight!
The 541 featured in the 1960's as an exotic car on collector's cards - those small pieces of cardboard that came with cigarettes, tea, petrol or even just to buy in a pack.
541, GRAPHIC NOVEL STYLE No more boring manuals
FAREWELL THELMA. At the heart of the Club
Sadly, we have to report the death of Thelma Smith, tireless JOC events organiser for several decades. She, with her devoted husband Ron and often their dog, was a regular sight at club meetings with their famous aubergine Jensen 541R.
Picture credit: Steve Johnson
INTERNATIONAL WEEKEND 2018 Great Malvern
It seems a fitting time to mention the 2018 International Weekend: the premier UK meeting for Jensen enthusiasts.
VIDEO CLIP: First Run
As mentioned in the left column, TV "star" and all-round car nut Fuzz Townshend has finally got his 541 on the road. Here's a rather low-tech video of a test drive - sorry for the vertical framing!
CAR OF THE MONTH:
...this month - the Disc Brake Prototype.
Amazing to think that when this prototype was being driven on public roads to test the brakes, it was one of only a handful of roadgoing cars with disc brakes anywhere in the world.
... previous featured car pictures are stored in an Archive page. Go to the "Toolbox" tab to find this.
PART OF THE MONTH:
...the 541 has many interesting and unique parts... here's one of them...
This small, cheap looking button is actually the correct fitment on many 541s to operate the screen washer supplied by Lucas as a factory optional extra. The second photograph shows the fixtures supplied by Lucas for fitting the ScreenJet.