Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture: Past and Present

Michael Quinn with Brucie


Sir William Lyons’ grandson will head this year’s Andrew Whyte Lecture, held annually since 1988 to keep alive the memory of the great Jaguar historian, author and Jaguar PR man.

The main speaker on 26th November 2017 will be Michael Quinn, and his talk is entitled simply “Sir William Lyons”. As Jaguar’s founder was Michael’s grandfather, expect some fascinating insights into both his work and home life.

A full supporting program includes present-day topics such as Driverless Cars and the new  2.0 litre F-Type Jaguar, plus an input from the Jaguar Heritage Trust – custodian of some 180 Swallow, SS and Jaguar historic vehicles, including the fabled XJ13.

Tickets are £20 and the event will again support the NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Support. Refreshments will be served.


Key details:

Date: Sunday, 26th November, doors open 1.00pm for a 2.00pm start

Venue: Jaguar Theatre, Castle Bromwich plant, Birmingham

Tickets: £20.00, in advance only from Bob Beecham, 1 Waterfall Cottages, Main Road, Meriden, Coventry, CV7 7NL. Cheques made payable to the JDC Area 7 Charity Fund. Stamped Addressed envelope required please (except overseas).

Enquiries: e-mail, phone 01676 522037 or

07976 152550




History of The Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture

The annual event was all started by Keith Trotter in London in 1989.  He contacted Bob Beecham in about 1994 to expand the event and Bob took it on with Keith’s help.  Bob moved it to the Jaguar Factory, firstly at Browns Lane, then to Castle Bromwich when Browns Lane closed.  Bob introduced catering, professional projection, sound systems etc. to cater for the increased attendance.  Keith sadly died from a brain haemorrhage following a fall in 2008.  Bob and Keith have always had the support and assistance of the JDC Midlands Area.

Previous speakers have included Sir John Egan, Quentin Willson, Wyn Percy, Richard Noble, Andy Green, Ian Callum, Norman Dewis, L J K Setright, Dr Ralph Speth, Bibiana Boerio, Jonathan Heynes, Peter Leake, Pat Smart, Professor Garel Rhys, Mike Cross, Peter Mitchell OBE, Simon Taylor, Lumsden and Sargent, Barrie (Whizzo) Williams, Peter Taylor etc.

So far around £25,000 has been given to charities including the NSPCC, Macmillan Cancer Support and The World Land Trust (Jaguar Conservation).


Mission Statement

Following the premature passing of the great Jaguar historian in 1988, the Andrew Whyte Lecture Series was founded not only to perpetuate his memory, but through the participation of major speakers, both within and outside the factory, to celebrate Jaguar’s past, examine the present and consider future developments of the marque.


Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture 2017

Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture 2016

The 25th Andrew Whyte Memorial Lecture (2014)