We met Nevise Said in her elegant gardens in Rabat—a fitting setting for photographing her equally elegant XK150.
Nevise Said has participated in four Malta Classic Grand Prix’s in a Jaguar XK150 1958 3.5 metre Coupe. “It’s a very heavy car, but it’s still a fun drive,” said Said. “I used to take it out much more before, but now I’m limited. I have two small boys so it’s a bit difficult for me to get everyone in. But every time there’s a rally or a show I go.” With a laugh, Said adds, “Once in a blue moon I also go on a nice Sunday drive when I feel like spending some time alone."
“It doesn’t really matter that you don’t have the fastest car in the lot, or that you’re not the best driver. It’s just fun.”
“This was my father’s first Jaguar, so we love this car because it was the start. Jaguars are my father’s passion, and [my siblings and I] followed suit.”
Will her sons carry on the racing tradition? “Oh yes! I hope so. My younger one, who is two, is a car fanatic. Every morning my father takes him to the garage.”
When asked if she believes more young people will discover the joys of classics Said is very hopeful. “Most of these cars are owned by an older generation. Not all, but most of them are. Usually parents are a bit reluctant to give them out to their children, even more being female, but my father is very easy. He asked us to drive and we enjoyed it. Hopefully there will be more women [interested in classics]. Cars from this era have such style, and the drive is amazing. It’s good fun as well.”
“You don’t have to be a diehard race driver to do this. Mine is a very heavy car, so usually I’m one of the last ones [in a race]. But it doesn’t really matter that you don’t have the fastest car in the lot, or that you’re not the best driver. It’s just fun.”
We wish Nevise best of luck at the 2016 Malta Classic Grand Prix by Chopard—may it be another fun edition for all!