AWML 2019

The Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture 2019

The annual lecture which commemorates the distinguished Jaguar historian Andrew Whyte is now in its 30th year, and on 24th November a wide variety of speakers with very different Jaguar connections will make up this year’s programme, which includes a tribute to the late Norman Dewis OBE. As always, the event will support a variety of charities including the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support.



Date: Sunday 24th November 2019. – Doors open 11.30 a.m. – Start 1.00 p.m.

Venue: Jaguar Visitors’ Centre, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B35 7RA


Tickets remain at £20 each to include a buffet on arrival.

Cheques to be made payable to JDC Area 7 Charity Fund and sent with a stamped addressed envelope to:

Bob Beecham, 1 Waterfall Cottages, Main Road, Meriden, Coventry CV7 7NL.

Enquiries Tel: 01676 522037, Mobile: 07976 152550.



The speakers

Neville Hay has enjoyed a career as race commentator (you may recognise him from many Radio Le Mans broadcasts), author, film maker and former Top Gear host covering over 50 years. Be prepared for insights and anecdotes from someone who was there!

Richard West was a former director of TWR, when he handled much of the race publicity for Tom Walkinshaw, so expect unique behind-the-scenes accounts of the heady TWR-Jaguar Le Mans days. Richard is still very much connected with the racing scene as a motivational speaker for F1.

Dave Beattie and Matt Cook will be covering Spitfire and Lancaster production at the Castle Bromwich site where the Lecture is being held. This is especially relevant as the plant will now be assembling Jaguars new advanced electric cars.

Finally, specialist Jaguar writer Paul Skilleter, and former Jaguar apprentices Ed Abbott and Peter Taylor, will be paying tribute to Norman Dewis OBE, who passed away on 8th June this year. Expect new perspectives on this extraordinary character by people who knew and worked with him!