It is with shock and sadness we report the death of significant former Jaguar engineer Richard Cresswell.
His former Jaguar Apprentice and co-executive workmate Howard Snow received the news that Richard has passed away in England on May 27.
Having completed an apprenticeship at Jaguar Cars Richard began his many years of vehicle development with his involvement in the Jaguar XJ6 prototype test programme.
In the early 80s Richard was sent by Jaguar to set up and run the North American extreme weather test facilities. He designed and built the base in the Sonara Desert where temperatures frequently reached 48ºC. Subsequently he went on to take over leadership of Jaguar Cars Vehicle Proving Group, hitherto managed by the legendary Norman Dewis, and looked after test operations in five countries as well as all UK testing.
In his spare time Richard rebuilt a 6½ Litre Bentley, which had competed at Brooklands in the mid 30s.
Richard left Jaguar in the early 90s to set up VBE but continued freelance testing of contemporary vehicles including Bentleys and the fabulous McLaren F1 road car.
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