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Developing the Legend Part 2 - The Return of Norman Dewis

28th March 2018
Midlands
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We regret that Norman Dewis has had to postpone his return on Doctors orders. We wish Norman a speedy return to health and look forward to seeing him again before too long.

The Fellowship is delighted that the legendary Jaguar Chief Test Development Engineer and race-team driver has kindly agreed to return and deliver the talk on the second half of his illustrious career at Jaguar Cars with members of The Fellowship

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

During his first superb talk, Fellows heard about how Norman joined Jaguar and instantly became a man to be reckoned with as a test and development driver. From his early work on the C-Type, the development of the disc brake through to the terrible tragedy of the 1955 Le Mans up to the introduction of the legendary E-Type, his story is one of dedication, professionalism and pride in what he achieved

This ‘Part 2’ picks up with Norman’s vivid recollections of the development of the E-Type, and some stories as yet unheard by many Fellows. It will move on to look at the wonderful XJ13, the now legendary XJ6 and finalise with his last years at Jaguar before his retirement in 1985. We are delighted that there will be a full Q&A so Fellows can ask questions of Norman, but be prepared for some frank answers!

His recollections will, once again, 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 once more on stage by FMI Committee Member Peter Leake who recently retired as Jaguar’s UK Dealer 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’

The day commences at 10.30am with coffee, for an 11.00am start and is being held at The Jaguar Cars Sports & Social Club, Fenton Road, Coventry CV5 9PS.

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