Jaguar MKI Racing History

01 October 2012
David McKay's famous 'Grey Pussy' Mk1 3.4 in action at Albert Park, 1958. (Image from:

David McKay's Mk1 3.4
The Jaguar Mk1 3.4 may have arrived in Australian motor sport with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer in 1958, but its immediate superiority over the stripped out, stove-hot Humpy Holdens of the era really should have come as no surprise.

Sure, it was heavier than the local heroes, but the combination of its teardrop-like aerodynamics, extremely rigid unitary body, large capacity DOHC engine, superior handling and powerful four-wheel disc brakes far outweighed any weight handicap.