Wednesday, 16 May 2018

James Randle Fundraising lecture for the Bugatti Trust on May 24th 2018

                           THE BUGATTI TRUST 
                                                         MUSEUM & STUDY CENTRE

Preserving and making available for study the life works of Ettore Bugatti

James Randle Fundraising lecture for the Bugatti Trust on May 24th 2018

James Randle will be presenting a fascinating lecture looking at his life in the motor industry and his relationship with Sir William Lyons. His lecture: “From Side-cars to Silicon” is open to all and takes place in the Prescott Club House at 6.00pm on Thursday 24th May. It will be followed by dinner in the Club House. Profits from the sale of tickets for the lecture and dinner, which cost £25, will go to the Bugatti Trust to further its charitable objectives. To book tickets please contact Sue on Tel.: 01242 677 201 or email
James Randle has had a long and distinguished career in the motor industry. He worked 11 years for Rover and 27 years for Jaguar Cars, 14 of which were spent as the Director of Product Engineering. He is the last surviving director of Jaguar Cars Limited to have worked for and with, Sir William Lyons. XJ40 was a technical tour de force in which the company staked its survival on a single product. With the passage of time one can look at areas where they got it right and areas where they could have done better. To this end Mr. Randle acknowledges support and guidance received from David Marks and exclusively Jaguar. He was closely involved with the development of the Series 1 XJ6 and 12, the Series III E-type, the XJS Jaguar, Series III XJ6 and 12, the XJS Cabriolet and Convertible XJ40 and XJ220. 
James Randle was also involved in the European Touring car racing and Group C racing. One of his most famous projects was the Jaguar XJ220, a limited production super sports-car which was designed to feel at home both on the road and the racetrack.
After his time with Jaguar he became an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham and went on to design the understructure for the Morgan Aero Eight, which eventually became common to all Morgans, developed a gas turbine Hybrid with Volvo Aero Turbines, and had an ill-fated joint venture with MG Rover to produce a new Austin Healey and Lea Francis

The Bugatti Trust is a UK Registered Charity, dedicated to the preservation and study of the works of Ettore Bugatti. A key aim is to promote knowledge of his works and raise awareness of the importance of aesthetics and integrated design in engineering. Funds received over the past 25 years have permitted the Bugatti Trust to support a variety of educational science, engineering and design outreach programmes for schools and universities. 

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