Thanks to the enthusiasm and sheer hard work of Clive Beecham, owner of ex-works and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type XKD603, the car which finished second at Le Mans in 1957, Aussie engineer Ron Gaudion who prepared all of the three Le Mans winning D-Types, built the first 10 production D-Types and most of the works Long Nose racers – starred for Jaguar at the 2017 Goodwood Revival.
Ron and his Scottish-born wife May were in the UK for almost three weeks and did major Jaguar-orientated things they could not have dreamed of. They were in huge demand by the world’s motoring press and media who were amazed that Ron had stories they had never heard because is the man who was on the spot making Jaguar history happen.
Today we met up for the first time since Ron and May returned home, and he remains gobsmacked at the fuss made and the attention given to him during the whole time.
He and May remain the same lovely humble people though, and his whole story in the UK in 2017 is a 10 page feature in our current edition.
We have known him for decades and he has been part of the magazine since our foundation in 1984 – but now the whole international Jaguar scene knows him.
You will be amazed when you read his story in our feature.
Well done to Clive Beecham – he is the man who made it happen.
There is only Ron and Norman Dewis left from the factory racing perspective, and Ron and former Ecurie Ecosse apprentice Pat Meehan from the Scottish team era. Ron is THAT important.
It’s all in edition #189:
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