The Fellowship is extremely honoured that Norman Dewis,the legendary Jaguar Chief Test Development Engineer and race-team driver, has kindly agreed to spend a morning with members of The Fellowship talking about his remarkable career with Jaguar.
His story is one of a lifetime of personal achievement during a heroic period in Jaguar’s history. During his 33-year career with Jaguar, Norman was responsible for testing and developing a remarkable range of cars including:
C-type - D-type - XK 140/150 - 2.4/3.4 and Mk 2 saloons - Mk VII/Mk VIIM - E-type - XJ13 - XJ/XJ-S and XJ40
Norman also raced with Stirling Moss in a C-type in the 1952 Mille Miglia, drove a 190mph works D-type in the highly dramatic 1955 Le Mans, raced in the Goodwood 9 Hours, and set an amazing 173mph production car record at Jabbeke in Belgium with an XK 120.
Completing over a million test miles at 100mph-plus average, Norman also played a crucial role developing the revolutionary Dunlop disc brake, and survived high-speed crashes and rollovers in the days before seat-belts – and without ever breaking a single bone.
His recollections will bring to life some of the unique people who made Jaguar great including the company founder Sir William Lyons, engineering director Bill Heynes, development engineer Bob Knight, aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer, and service department and race team manager Lofty England.
Norman will be joined on stage on this special occasion by FMI Committee Member Peter Leake who recently retired as Jaguar’s Global Training Manager and will act as facilitator throughout the audience with Norman.
Norman was at the heart of Jaguar during perhaps its most remarkable decades of achievement, and this is a unique opportunity to listen to his first hand experience of ‘Developing the Legend’ Lunch will be provided and full details and timings will be published shortly, however in the meantime make a note of the date in your diary.
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