FRANK GARDNER – 10 YEARS GONE

Frank crewed the winning Aston Martin at Le Mans in 1959 and later test drove Don Thallon’s 1959 Le Mans Lister Jaguar for us.

The great international racing engineer, racer, team owner, road safety devotee and test driver Frank Gardner died exactly 10 years ago. He remains sadly missed.

Frank’s first fibreglass bodied XK120 was reproduced by him in his ‘retirement’.

Frank was grounded in Jaguar, preparing and racing his XK120, C-Type and D-Type before heading to European success in late 1958. He also owned and operated a Jaguar specialist Mobil service station at Avalon on the northern beaches of Sydney.

His C-Type XKC037 was rebuilt by him following a road crash with its previous owner. His success in it put him on the path to Europe.

We pay tribute to Frank in our coming edition, a man who loved Jaguar to the core, and told us he wanted too own a new Jaguar before he died.

He had a massive influence on this magazine – we will explain how.

D-Type XKD520 was also rebuilt by him following a previous owner’s road crash. It remains one of the best original D-Types.

Vale Frank for 10 years departed.

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