Unseen footage released to mark Norman Dewis’ 100th birthday

| 3 Aug 2020
Classic & Sports Car – Unseen footage released to mark Norman Dewis’ 100th birthday

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From today, on the centenary of Jaguar legend Norman Dewis OBE’s birth, catch never-before-seen footage of him and Stirling Moss reliving their assault on the 1952 Mille Miglia.

While their attempt was ultimately thwarted when steering damage to their Jaguar C-type forced their retirement, the car’s groundbreaking prototype disc brakes, much-praised by Moss, later helped him win at Reims.

Dewis had said he’d like to mark his 100th birthday by once more driving a Jaguar at 100mph. Sadly, he passed away on 8 June 2019, at the age of 98.

Classic & Sports Car – Unseen footage released to mark Norman Dewis’ 100th birthday
Dewis and Moss reunited in their Mille Miglia C-type in 2012

The pair marked the 60th anniversary of their attempt in 2012 with a run on the Mille Miglia in the very same car and it is that 30-minute documentary that has now been released.

The Racers That Stopped the World will be shown for the first time on Sky Documentaries this Friday (7 August) and from today will also be available on Sky On Demand and Sky Go.

Jaguar test driver and development engineer Dewis was also a speed record-holder for the marque and drove a D-type in the ill-fated 1955 Le Mans, too. It is estimated he completed more than a million test miles at an average speed of 100mph-plus.

And there’s more. To mark Dewis’ centenary, 27Racers will run a 12-lap (100-mile) all Jaguar E-type event at Le Mans on Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation, with some great prizes courtesy of Jaguar Classic for the podium-finishers – ace racing a virtual E-type and you’ll get to drive the real thing! Practice is today (Monday 3 August) with the race on Thursday. Find out more here.

Images: Jaguar UK


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