The Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture 2018 Report
Pictures by Roger Kemp and Letitia Mace
Report by Letitia Mace
At the end of last year, the AWML took place on Sunday 25th November 2018 at the usual venue, The Jaguar Visitor Centre in Castle Bromwich, where Bob Beecham has organized and hosted this event for many years with the assistance of fellow JDC members.
A very well put together, and deservedly well supported event, as we have all come to expect!
Our host, Bob Beecham, introduced the lecture with an explanation on what to expect for the afternoon, which charities it would be supporting, a brief insight into the guest speakers, and a nod of respect to the late Keith Trotter who started the AWML many years ago.
Bob took to the stage once more, following our lunch break, with A Tribute to Andrew Whyte, giving us a brief biography of Andrew Whyte and the history of the lectures named in his honour.
This year’s speakers were:
- Graham Wilkins – Jaguar I-Pace
- Kev Riches – Jaguar D-type Continuation
- Bob Beecham – Tribute to Andrew Whyte (and history of the lectures)
- Captain Ian Groom MBE and Neil Holm – Building the Nations Flagships
Start of Project
Determine Prototype specification and start planning build activity and build
(Confirm customer requirements)
Obtain and scan vehicles
Define vehicle and specification options
Define Bill of Materials and establish Engineering, build plan and timing
Challenges of the project
No carry over parts from trackside as they did in period
Expectations of customers for a new D-type
How to keep it original but improve quality to todays expectations
Level of searching required in archives for original specifications/drawings
Level of reverse engineering required
Post prototype Learning
- Parts availability
- Quality of parts
- What should we re-engineer
- Build issues – define process
Performance and key attributes – do they meet target?
Identify improvements and build into production plan
Customer feedback …!!!
To build 25 D-types of two different types – (with some bespoke to customers)
Task bigger than XKSS in terms of volume, but lots of learning gained
As previous projects, needs to be authentic with parts interchangeable with period cars
Need to learn from XKSS experience
Need to gel and develop new team members
Learn from things gone wrong from each person – Listen and apply fix
I unashamedly admit that, for me, Kev Riches presentation was the highlight of the lecture this year! The quality of the other presentations was no less, but the D-type won over!
And last, but not least, Stewart Spencer recently found one of his long forgotten pictures and brought it along to the AWML – Rob and I were hoping that he would auction it so that we could have a chance to buy it, but Stewart would not be persuaded to part with it!
|This is another of Stewart’s pictures. He drew this one as a gift for Jim Randle at the launch of XJ40.|
|AWML 2017 Report