It is with great sadness that the Chairman, Directors and staff of Classic Motor Cars report the death of Norman Dewis OBE.
Norman, who lived only a few miles away in Church Stretton, and who was Jaguar’s chief test driver for 35 years was a great friend to the company.
Just over a week ago we had hoped that Norman would join us for our birthday party to mark the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar Mark 2 but he was too poorly to attend. He did however know that the money raised from the event would go to his favourite charity, Hope House Hospice.
But last year Norman attended the 25th anniversary of the Company and when CMC moved into its new building in August 2014, he opened it with World Champion John Surtees, also sadly no longer with us, and Jaguar Cars design chief, Ian Callum
Norman always wanted to know about anything that was Jaguar, whether it was from his friends and colleagues at Jaguar land Rover or from CMC and his memory on all things Jaguar was amazing.
Just under a year ago and the night before the CMC 25th anniversary we invited Norman to dinner and asked him if he would talk to us about his memories and some specific stories. He held the room for over an hour with his recollections and anecdotes and could probably have talked all night.
Jaguar was his pride and passion and he never forgot what the company had done for him or indeed what he had accomplished for the company.
The stories are legion of Norman , driving to the Geneva motor show in one of the first E-types, his crash in the Jaguar XJ 13 and his near win in the 1953 Mille Miglia. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten by the thousands of fans and friends that he made during 98 years.
At CMC we salute a legend and a friend.
(Picture of Norman and our Chairman Peter Neumark)