John Elmgreen was born and grew up in Sydney and, after buying his first Jaguar XK, started collecting information on XKs throughout Australia. While he was living in London, he and Terry McGrath decided to turn their collective efforts into a book, and The Jaguar XK in Australia appeared in 1985. In 1996 he started the XK Lovers internet group and expanded his assembling of XK information to the histories of every XK every made (all 30,000 of them) and a detailed study of XK originality (having taken and collected more than 10,000 photographs). These may become further books in due course. He has practised as a commercial lawyer in Sydney for many years in a boutique practice and his other interests include an active interest in music.
Terry McGrath was born in South Australia and has for many years resided in Perth, Western Australia. He has owned many Jaguars, mostly XKs, and was a foundation member of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club of WA holding membership No. 1 and is now a life member, continuing an active involvement. In 1985 he co-wrote and published with John Elmgreen The Jaguar XK in Australia.
In 2004 he published with John Clucas of Melbourne the massive and acclaimed volume Forerunners of Jaguar in Australasia and SE Asia covering in the tradition of the XK book the individual histories of hundreds of SSs, SS Jaguars and pre-war Jaguars (and some immediate post war sedans).
Terry continues to collect information on older and interesting Jaguars and has a collection of information on them of world significance. Apart from his interest in Jaguars he has an interest in general motoring history and has amassed a huge library of information, frequently assisting others with information and photographs for their motoring books. He also assists with XK restoration and has a deep knowledge of originality.