MY LOVE OF JAGUARS
David Stewart, Owner of Hamiltons Jaguar
In 1975 at the age of 7 I fell in love with a neighbour’s Regency Red Jaguar XJ6. The following year my passion for Jaguars grew after seeing a Jaguar XJ-S in my Top Trump playing card game. While my primary school friends were busy collecting football cards and programs I was out collecting brochures/road tests of every Jaguar I could find.
One Saturday afternoon during the summer of 1978 (aged just 10) I find myself banned from Kenning my local Jaguar dealership for stealing every single brochure off their display. After the ban I then was forced to phone the Jaguar factory every few months (as a school boy devote) for the latest brochures. From that time on I was totally obsessed by Jaguar Cars and the companies history.
In November 1983 (aged 15) I was asked by my Deputy Headmaster, Mr Harry Giles (who had previously threatened me with suspension for running a secondhand record business during lesson time ) what was my preference for the Trident Work Experience, I replied “I’ve no idea.” He then asked what my main interests were, I replied “cars and music.” He quickly replied “I can see you as a car salesman,” and with that he secured 3 weeks work experience at Marshalls Peterborough – main agents for Jaguar, Rover, Triumph and Rolls Royce. Being around Jaguars and Rolls Royces was a real treat and it wasn’t very long before I knew this is what I wanted as a career.