LUNCH WITH THE LEGEND

Today was one of those special ones because we had a memorable three hour lunch with the great Ron Gaudion and his Scottish-born wife May.

For those who don’t know, Aussie-born Ron was the first person employed by Jaguar to build D-Types (all were works 1955 Long Nose or production cars for the factory and teams such as Ecurie Ecosse and Ecurie Belge) and in fact Ron had a hand in building the first 10 D-Types post 1954. His first job was building the hallowed chassis frames.

Mike Hawthorn gets into his winning 1955 D-Type, Ron is on the right in the white overalls and Lofty England sits on the counter.

He also crewed the winning 1955 Hawthorn/Bueb D-Type, then moved to Ecurie Ecosse where he prepared and crewed the Le Mans winning D-Types in 1956 and 1957 … Nobody else did that.

Ron brought along his official 1950s Jaguar, Ecurie Ecosse and BRDC ties – in preparation for an upcoming feature.

He is in great form, and in 2017 was a star at the Goodwood Revival thanks to XKD603 owner Clive Beecham. That is when the rest of the world learned about him and his achievements for the very first time.

We are very lucky to have Ron and May, and know our readers understand how special he is.

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