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I Drove a Jaguar XJR on the Beach at Amelia Island -- and Got It Stuck

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author photo by Tyler Hoover March 2018

I'm very sad that I can't attend the car-related festivities at Amelia Island this year, as I have many great memories from attending over the years. As I continue to sulk about missing the fun, I've decided to write a little "throwback" post from my first trip in Amelia Island back in 2011, when I discovered that a Jaguar doesn't make a very good beach buggy.

My trip started in Atlanta, where I had purchased a 2001 Jaguar XJR sight unseen for $8,500. I was much smarter back then, and I actually paid for a pre-purchase inspection from an independent repair shop, which noted a few minor things, along with some recommended maintenance -- which I had them complete before I picked up the car. The short drive from Atlanta to Amelia Island went off without a hitch -- and I had a great time car spotting. My favorite photo that weekend came from witnessing a scenario only possible at these ultra-posh car events: a Buick Roadmaster Estate being chased by a Bugatti Veyron.

Buick and a Bugatti

I also participated in the Porsche driving experience rally, which consisted of about 80 guys driving Porsche Boxsters -- and me in my Jaguar. The rally ended in Jacksonville with a tour of an incredible collection owned by the legendary Brumos dealership and racing group. At this point, I was totally in love with my new Jag, and decided to stop for a photo shoot after riding the ferry back to Amelia island.

Throughout the weekend, I noticed many people driving their vehicles right onto the beach, but I didn't notice that most of them were lifted 4x4 vehicles. I also failed to notice a sign noting that 4-wheel-drive vehicles were required for beach access. Since I'm from Kansas, I had no idea that normal cars can't drive in the sand -- and as I drove my low-slung sedan down to the shoreline, I was wondering why everyone was staring at me.

XJR on sand

Surprisingly, I drove my XJR right down to the shore without any problems. I gleefully posed for some photos totally ignorant of the fact that my XJR stood no chance of making it back to the road under its own power. Trouble started when I attempted to reverse out of my position -- and I didn't make it very far before the supercharged 370-horsepower V8 had dug the rear wheels deep into the sand.

XJR Stuck on sand

Thankfully, a man in a Jeep was willing to help tow my Jaguar back to the road -- but not without lecturing me first on how stupid I was. He seemed a little less judgmental when I explained that I was from Kansas -- and after hooking up the tow strap, my XJR was dragged back to the paved road where it belonged. This is probably about as obvious of a PSA as telling people not to eat Tide Pods -- but I now speak from experience when I say driving a Jaguar XJR on the beach isn't a very good idea.

Tyler Hoover went broke after 10 years in the car business and now sells hamburgers to support his fleet of needy cars. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

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