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Over 100 Jaguar enthusiasts and sports car industry figures, including famous racer John Surtees OBE, gathered for the unveiling of the Callum MK2 and the official opening of the new headquarters by Surtees of Classic Motor Cars in Bridgenorth, Shropshire on Thursday 28th August.
The Callum MK2 is a stunning restoration and updating of the iconic Mk2 Jaguar built by CMC for the head of design at Jaguar Cars; Ian Callum. Classic Motor Cars is the go to restoration company for classic Jaguars worldwide and their headquarters houses a cavernous state of the art workshop and a storage facility where dozens of rare and beautiful classic cars are stored. For the Callum MK2’s premium quality Clarion entertainment system, CMC chose Van Damme Blue Series Studio Grade speaker cable. It was supplied by VDC Trading and uses finely stranded ultra pure oxygen free copper, via 1.5 mm 2 conductor cable. It is the very same cable used by most of the top recording and mastering studios in the UK including the iconic Abbey Road.
Van Damme cable is an increasingly popular choice for more and more of the worlds most exclusive vehicles including the on-board systems of super-yachts and super-cars which are progressively evolving. Super-yacht AV systems have entered the domain of HD & 3D TV and audiophile sound systems with super-cars not far behind. Consequently pro-audio and broadcast standards of installation have now become the ‘entry level’ for today’s luxury vehicles.
The modern car is becoming an increasingly luxurious environment. Even at entry level, small hatchbacks can boast – air-con, full electrics, Bluetooth and in car technology (ICT). In spite of digital developments and this heavily branded and catered for market there was a lack of a premium quality cable to transfer the sound and signals efficiently around the vehicle. Van Damme has seized this opportunity and developed and supplied premium grade speaker and interconnect signal cables to the automotive industry. As well as in the Callum Mk2 Jaguar, Van Damme has been used in Aston Martins, Ferraris and in the world’s fastest camper van – a heavily Karmann modded VW T5.