2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe: Room to Boom
April 8, 2015
Roy Haynes is a legendary jazz drummer. He's 90 years old and still performs. Haynes has played with the heaviest jazzbos: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Theolonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea. Back in the 50's and 60's, Haynes, like Miles, dressed sharp and liked fast cars. Davis and he would often race each other through New York City in their convertibles.
He's said his first car was a convertible Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight and his garage has included custom Eldorados, a CL500, a Firebird, a Bricklin, and several others I don't recall from my reading on the man. And even if he no longer hammers the throttle (and I can't say he doesn't), I suspect Roy would like our 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.
It's got 11 cubic feet of trunk space, enough for a very small drumkit: a snare, maybe a floor tom, some cymbals and stands in the cargo area. A small bass drum could ride in the passenger seat. I didn't need all that gear where the Jag was taking me this particular evening, but with more effort than my slap-dash packing here, I'm sure it would've fit, especially if I dispensed with space-consuming hardshell cases.
I remember reading an interview with Haynes in a drum magazine. He'd been criticized by a writer who said he used small drums because he was a small guy. Nonsense, Haynes said. I'm paraphrasing but the answer was something like:
"I played small drums because I had a small sports car and they fit in the trunk!"
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor