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Little Classics News: 6 January 2015

New Short Film Celebrates Norman Dewis OBE

Norman Dewis

Following our announcement last week, that legendary former test driver Norman Dewis has been recognised and rewarded in Her Majesty's New Year Honours List, with an OBE, Jaguar have released a new film celebrating his successes.

Norman Dewis OBE developed 25 significant classic cars for Jaguar and is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest test driver - as the new short film, which features tributes from peers such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Sir Stirling Moss shows:

 

Dewis’ automotive CV is remarkable: he developed the Le Mans-winning C-type and D-type racing cars, the XK 140 and 150 sports cars, the 2.4/3.4 and Mk II saloons, plus the Mk VII and Mk VIIM models, the legendary E-type (including the Lightweight E-type), the XJ13 mid-engined prototype, the XJ saloons, the XJ-S and the ‘XJ40’ models.

Sir Jackie Stewart, three times Formula One World Champion, said: “Norman Dewis is one of the real characters, not just of the British motor industry but also British Motorsport. He’s one of the backroom boys and sometimes they don’t get the accolades they should. Her Majesty the Queen and the honours office have very much done the right thing in awarding Norman Dewis an OBE.”



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