Jaguar Racing legend Norman Dewis receives OBE in New Year Honours
Racing legend and former Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis has been awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List.
In a career covering 33 years – Dewis was known as one of Britain’s greatest test drivers – helping to develop many of Jaguar’s most famous models including the Le Mans-winning D-type and the iconic E-Type.
Norman’s driving CV is outstanding - along with developing countless Jaguar models he was also the co-driver to British racing hero Sir Stirling Moss in a C-type in the 1952 Mille Miglia.
In 1953 he set at the production car speed record at 172.412 in a modified Jaguar XK 120 on a section of closed motorway in Belgium.
He also drove a 190 mph works D-type in the thrilling 1955 Le Mans 24hr race and competed in the famous Goodwood Nine Hours in the 1950’s.
Now 94 years old, Norman Dewis is one of the last surviving links to the golden era of the British motoring industry.
During his illustrious career, Dewis managed more than a million test miles – achieving an average speed of 100 mph and surviving a number of high speed crashes in the process.
Throughout last year, Norman was central to Jaguar’s 60th anniversary celebrations for the race-winning D-type – wherever Jaguar went- Norman was there too.
Managing Director at Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations and the Chairman of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, John Edwards, said,” “Jaguar owes a huge debt to Norman Dewis. His incredible skills have resulted in some of the finest cars this company has ever made – whether they were designed for the road or the racing circuit.
Adding, “The Norman Dewis of today is the same quietly confident and modest man of the 1950s – he remains a world-class Jaguar ambassador. It is fantastic to see his contribution to Jaguar, and to British engineering, recognised in Her Majesty’s New Year Honours List, with the award of an OBE.”