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 my local Kennings Jaguar dealership for stealing every single brochure off their display. After the ban I then was forced to phone the Jaguar factory (as a poor school boy) every few months 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 selling second-hand records to other pupils ) what was my preference for the Trident Work Experience. I replied that I had no idea. He then asked what my interests were and I told him cars. He quickly replied “I can see you as a car salesman”. He soon got me a Trident placement for 3 weeks in the used car department at Marshalls Peterborough – main agents for Jaguar, Rover, Triumph and Rolls Royce. It wasn’t very long before I then knew this is what I wanted to do for a career.