INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT OF MOTORING
Jabbeke Highway, Belgium
1949 & 1953
LENGTH (of each): 175mm (73/4
WEIGHT (of each): 700g (241/2oz)
EDITION OF 10 PAIRS
(With matching numbers)
Individually cast in solid aluminium.
Finished to order in Sterling Silver,
The XK120 'Bubble' sculpture and
the presentation box are signed by
the late Norman Dewis (OBE).
A SHORT HISTORY
Following the launch of the XK120
in 1948 to worldwide acclaim,
Jaguar were anxious to prove the
car could actually achieve 120mph.
HKV 500 was taken to
Jabbeke Highway, Belgium,
where speeds were certified by the
Royal Automobile Club de Belgique.
Ron 'Soapy' Sutton
set a production car record of
Jaguar returned to Jabbeke to reclaim
the record from Pegasso.
MDU 524 was a much modfied XK120
with a full undershield and extended
headlamp cowls that were actually
The tyre treads were shaved to a bare
minimum and a Perspex blister
was fitted over the driver.
Hence the name 'BUBBLE'.
Chief Test Driver,
perched precariously on a cushion
(no drivers seat), complained
he couldn't see over the scuttle.
"You don't need to", he was told,
"you're only going in a straight line".
Norman set a blistering time on
outward run, but 'turn round time' didn't
allow the bubble to be unbolted
to give Norman a breather before
Suffering from heat
fume inhilation and almost asphyxiated,
Norman was lifted from the car having
set an incredible average for the two
way run of 172.412mph,
which was to be the ultimate Jabbeke
The speed was far
greater than anyone
had expected and onlookers were
alarmed at how the car weaved and
almost took off into the traffic on the
"Yes", said Norman
"it did feel a bit light at times."
The authorities banned future speed
tests on public roads, so Norman holds
the ultimate Jabbeke Highway Record.
(The above is compiled from the
stories told to me by Norman)
A copy of the Speed Certifcate,
issued to Norman by the
Royal Automobile Club de Belgique,
accompanies the set.
The set is presented in a
bespoke wooden box,
signed by Norman Dewis
with a Certificat of Authenticity.
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