The History of Jaguar Drivers’ Club

The Jaguar Drivers’ Club was formed in 1956 and is the only club to be officially recognised by Sir William Lyons (4 September 1901 – 8 February 1985) whom jointly founded The Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, which became SS cars in 1934. The first SS Jaguar car was produced in 1935 and the company became Jaguar Cars Limited after the Second World War.

The Jaguar Drivers’ Club or JDC as it is more commonly known, is a world-wide organisation.

The Jaguar Drivers’ Club has an historic relationship with Jaguar Cars and has formed firm partnerships with key industry organisations to provide discount schemes, technical advice,  a parts location service and much more.

The Jaguar Drivers’ Club continues to grow as more area groups are formed where its members enjoy combining their love of Jaguars with the social aspect that membership brings.

Jaguar Drivers' Club Badge - Area 17 Bedfordshire

We attend Jaguar and non-Jaguar events throughout the year; enjoying the social aspect, meeting new people and appreciating the venue/cars on display


We meet every second Monday of the Month at the The Raven Public House in Hexton, near Hitchin. Why not not join us at our next meeting?


We welcome all make, models, ages and conditions of Jaguar so if yours is a work-in-progress, road-going or a concours car, bring it along for everyone to admire!


Area 17 Region

The Jaguar Drivers’ Club comprises regional areas and Bedfordshire is known as Area 17, established in 1991. We are a passionate group of Jaguar owners who believe their cars should be driven and enjoyed; meeting regularly throughout the season to enjoy all things Jaguar and form firm friendships.  We encourage family involvement and welcome partners and spouses to enjoy the social events which run throughout the year and also our monthly meetings.

Area 17 Meetings

Area 17 members meet regularly on the second Monday of each month at the The Raven public house in Hexton, nr Hitchin at 7:30pm.  It’s a traditional pub with a modern twist, having been recently modernised internally and boasting a large carpark which is perfect for displaying Jaguars.  Should you also wish to dine, the food served is excellent with a wide-ranging selection of tempting dishes.  During the summer months, a BBQ or buffet is served at the meeting and a raffle drawn.

Whether you’re a Jaguar owner, have an interest in restoration or just have a passion for all things Jaguar and cars in general, please feel free to pop along to one of our meetings.

Area 17 Events

The enthusiastic committee are keen to welcome new and existing members and their families to both meetings and events that are held throughout the year.  These include speakers and slideshow presentations on  a variety of topics, weekends away, meals out, car rallies, treasure hunts, ladies’ evening, antiques and collectables, competitions, social evenings, Christmas meal, etc.  We welcome new ideas so if there’s anything you’d like to see added to the programme, please let the committee know.

We also organise a fun-filled area day to display our members’ Jaguars to the general public and regularly attend car rallies and the annual Jaguar Drivers’ Club National Day held in August. Children, families and partners are welcome to enjoy the day with us and enjoy complimentary food and drink.

Area 17 Jaguars

All types of Jaguar, regardless of age or condition are welcome.  So whether you have a pristine concours model, a road-going car or a work-in-progress, pop along and we look forward to meeting you and your car.  We regularly see examples of XJs, XJSs, Mark IIs, E-Types, XKs and SS Jaguars alongside more modern day Jaguars.

Members’ Cars