OKV 1, the famous Jaguar Works D-Type that finished second at the 24hs of Le Mans in 1954, took a trip down to Lookers Jaguar West London on Friday 12th May. The special occasion was an evening talk with the legendary Norman Dewis.
Norman, now aged 96, was chief test driver and development engineer for Jaguar from 1952 to 1985. In a career spanning 33 years, he tested and developed a remarkable series of cars including the C-Type, D-Type, E-Type, XJ13, XJ40 and more.
Set in Lookers flagship new dealership for Jaguar Land Rover alongside the A40 in West London, Norman gave a personal account of what was a heroic period in Jaguar’s history, ranging from his record run in Jabbeke, Belgium, to the 1952 Mille Miglia, the development of the disc brakes, the crash at MIRA, his relationship with racing legend John Surtees and his memories of the 1954 Le Mans.
Looking at OKV 1, Norman recalled how Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt raced it to second place in the 1954 Le Mans, missing victory by only 135 seconds.
It was a fantastic evening sharing special memories amongst enthusiasts.
About OKV 1
True to its spirit, this famous D-Type is not just a museum piece. It has had a great racing record since being restored by CMC. OKV1 won its grid at Classic Le Mans in 2010. It was also back at Le Mans for the 90th anniversary of the race in June 2013 to pay homage to all Jaguars that have competed in the famous event. It also won the ‘Best of Show’ award at Salon Prive in 2014. More recently it took part in the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival, organised by the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club.