Jaguars will be on the prowl July 6 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. No, it's not Bradley High School students, or the big cats – we're talking British sports/luxury cars.

Jaguars will be on the prowl July 6 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. No, it's not Bradley High School students, or the big cats we're talking British sports/luxury cars.

The Jaguar Association of Central Ohio is putting on a slalom challenge at the fairgrounds as part of the Jaguar Clubs of North America Challenge Championship July 5-9. The local Jaguar club volunteered to host the event. Membership chairman Dave Putnam said 120 vintage Jaguars and their owners from all over the country, Canada and Mexico will take part in events in Powell, Hilliard and Dublin.

First, the owners will meet at the local Jaguar organization's headquarters at "The Barn" in Powell on July 5 to kick off the event. The next morning, the slalom event takes place at the fairgrounds. Putnam said it should start at 10 a.m. and go until 2 or 3 p.m. Although registration for the event is over, people are welcome to come out and watch the slalom driving for free. Bleachers will be set up.

Putnam said the club held a similar event at the fairgrounds last October.

"We had one there last fall to kind of test it out and see how it worked, and it worked out very well," Putnam said. "We had done one this spring at a church parking lot and it worked all right, but not for the quantity of cars we're going to have for a national event."

The fairgrounds is also preferred because it has better restrooms, bleachers and the staff is helpful in doing things like sweeping gravel and blocking the back gate so people don't cut through the middle of the course.

The slalom competition is a bit like what one might see on "Top Gear.'" An area is blocked off with 30 traffic cones set up. Thirty or so drivers, in different classes, will line up and are timed as they go through the pattern a couple of times in three different configurations. A school bus dubbed the "Buckeye Buggy" holds a generator for the club to power the computers and timing equipment.

The fastest time wins in each class. Putnam, who lives in Worthington, said he and his 1950 Jaguar Mark V Saloon can negotiate the course in just under a minute, but some of the modified and newer Jags can slide through in less than 40 seconds.

Another reason to visit the Fairgrounds is this year's challenge features the popular Jaguar XKEs, also known as the E-types, which are now 50 years old.

Putnam said the challenge will also feature a rally from Dublin to Dayton to visit a Packard museum on July 7. There is a cruise-in on July 8 and a Classic Auto Show on July 9 at the Metro Center in Dublin. The E-types will be shown alongside other makes at the show, which is held in conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation.

"It's what we call a show within a show," Putnam said. "The Corvette and Mustang guys do it we all participate in that and help provide money to the Arthritis Foundation. But when it comes to judging, we all do our own judging, have our own rules and hand out our own trophies. They normally get 1,100 cars there on weekends."

Local car buffs can also see the 14th Goodguys PPG Nationals hot rod and custom car show, held July 8-10 at the Ohio Expo Center.

"A lot of those Goodguys come over to the Metro Center in the evening because their show is just during the day," Putnam said.

For more information, visit www.jcna.com and www.arthritisautoshow.com.