Lawrence has loved sports cars ever since his dad took him to the local race track where he grew up. His first driving experiences were underage and unauthorized jaunts in his Dad’s Jaguar 420. As a young man, Lawrence drove a Triumph Spitfire, is Dad's Jaguar 420 and a couple of Alfa Romeos, but perhaps his most memorable experience was spotting the arrival at his high school of an E-type. To a young boy this was quite the most stunning vehicle Lawrence could imagine.
Over the years Lawrence has owned a number of Jaguars and drives a modern one every day. He also collects old British sports cars, including a Proteus C-type, a Lynx XKSS, Austin-Healeys, a Superformance Shelby Cobra and, of course, an E-type (Series II OTS) and an XK150DHC.
Lawrence revels in the history, dramatic design and incredible performance and handling of these splendid vehicles. The original C-types, D-types, the XKSS and all three series E-types have always remained objects of fascination and admiration, but way too expensive to acquire. In their modernized forms these are much more affordable and better in many ways than the originals ever were.
PROTEUS SPORTS AND RACING CARS
Architect Jim Marland founded Proteus in 1980 in Little Lever, near Bolton, England. Originally named “Copycats”, the company was renamed Proteus in 1983. Since late 2008 Proteus has been owned by its Chairman, the recently sadly departed Nigel Forsyth, an engineer and longtime passionate Jaguar racecar enthusiast who himself also raced C-types and D-types. In its three and a half decades, Proteus has built numerous C- and D-types, one XKSS and several XJ 13’s and Mercedes 300 SLR’s. In earlier days Proteus also provided the bodies, chassis and sets of parts for donor kit cars. The company developed a worldwide reputation for producing some of the finest, most beautifully finished, drivable and safest evolutions of the great Jaguar sports/racing cars.
From locations in Coventry and Henley-on-Thames, Proteus now focuses solely on the alloy C-types, entirely factory built and using the advanced Superform process that produces unmatched aluminum bodies after a massive investment in tooling to make the 12 principal body panels. The body also incorporates some 40 laser cut inner panels. The chassis is also very similar to the original cars. To these gorgeous forms are matched components and remachined original Jaguar XK engines of the very highest quality with advanced components and accessories, with a result that represents state-of-the-art technology.
LYNX MOTORS (INTERNATIONAL) LTD
Lynx was founded in Sussex in 1968 by Guy Black and two partners. Black, who had formed Lynx Engineering was restoring his 1934 Riley Lynx sports car at the time and took the name of the project as the company name. This activity rapidly progressed into looking after clients racing Jaguars and then creating D-types & C Types with almost fanatical attention to detail, the first such creation being displayed to great acclaim at the Racing Car Show in at Olympia in London in January 1975. In the words of Jaguar aficionado Graham Robson, the Lynx was shown to the Jaguar factory where “personalities involved in the design and building of the original D types in the 1950s have been amazed to see how the character of these great machines has almost been recaptured in machines built a generation later.” Lynx, a sister company of Proteus, was purchased in mid 2009 by the late Nigel Forsyth and since early 2014 has been owned by Nigel and his estate, Hannes Schilcher and Josef Lopata. It is a UK registered company. Making the very finest of all Jaguar recreations, Lynx continues to produce stunning copies of the D-types. Lynx also creates the XKSS (one of which was a first place prizewinner, scoring 99.995 points, in the 2015 Jaguar Challenge Championship at the JCNA Concours in Wisconsin), perfect copies of the original C-type, and variations on the spectacular Lightweight E-types – LWE and Low Drag. Lynx also restores rare original E-type flat floor models and other E & XK models, old Porches and several Italian super car marques.