Growing up around the Jag got me hooked from a young age. Some of my earliest memories involve taking it to the local deli to get bagels with my dad on the weekends. It taught me that cars can be so much more than getting from point A to point B. I like to think of them–some at least–as functional pieces of art. I daily-drive, and occasionally autocross, an 06' Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX GSR. The Jag gave me the bug, and the Evo got me addicted.
The XK120 is meant to be driven. It has over 60k miles and we decided long ago to focus on making it as much fun as possible, as opposed to a concours-queen. What's the point of owning a car like this if you can't drive it as much as you want? As such, we recently began to modify it for drivability and looks. The plan was to paint it black, hence the wheels, but we've stuck with a new coat of white for now and I really like the contrast. Typically I despise white cars with black wheels, but this just seems to flow. We also added sport-buckets, a radiator fan, front disc-brakes, a Bell exhaust, a new steering wheel, a chopped windscreen, a LeMans fuel filler cap, and removed the front and rear bumpers along with the side-view mirrors. This winter we had the guys at Jaguar Denver fix a few leaks and switch her over to a single 12v battery. There are also a lot of little mods that have been done here and there, but these are the ones that stand out. My favorite detail has got to be the chopped windscreen, which, as far as I can tell, is the only one of its kind. A lot of guys go with the Brooklands-style racing screens, but I think that disrupts the lines too much. After seeing an MG that they did, I gave the talented guys at Ragtops & Roadsters in PA a call and they sorted us out. I think they did an amazing job.
While I live in New York, we moved it out to Colorado because the weather in the summertime is virtually perfect and the roads around Aspen and Snowmass are sensational: the perfect combination of twisties and stunning mountain scenery. It became impossible not to take it out at least once a day once we got the carbs dialed in for the high altitude (some of the drives go fromabout seven thousand feet to over ten thousand feet). My two favorite roads would have to be the drive from McLain Flats to the end of Castle Creek and from downtown Aspen to the little town of Twin Lakes, up and over Independence Pass (the Continental Divide).