Once the GRR office had shaken-off its New Year’s Day hangover we were delighted to learn of the OBE awarded to the great Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis.
Often seen at Goodwood and as enthusiastic as ever about cars – particularly Jaguars – we’ve had the pleasure of his company on a few occasions and frankly the man is a national treasure.
Here, Jaguar has put-together a short film in his honour with some wonderful old footage and photos with comments from the likes of Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss and Simon Taylor. One comment sums up the man perfectly: ‘He was determined ot make Jaguars the very best they could be …’
A list of the cars he developed for the Coventry firm includes the C-Type, D-Type, XK140 and XK150, MkII, MkVII, E-Type, XK13, XJ-S and XJ saloons. As contributions to the world of motoring go, that’s going to take some beating.
Three cheers for Norman Dewis OBE!