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People : Raymond Baxter

People : Raymond Baxter

A brief chat with the man who was brought into BMC by George Harriman in 1965, with a view to oiling the troubled waters within the company. Interviewed by Keith Adams, 14th November 2002 The BMC Juggernaut was heading for trouble, and it was too late in the day even for a luminary like Raymond […]

People : Roy Axe

People : Roy Axe

Filling the shoes of the great David Bache was never going to be an easy task. Roy Axe, however, managed to call upon all his Rootes/Chrysler experience to do just this. In fact, not only did Roy Axe succeed in this role, he excelled – although his product plan did not quite see fruition. Correspondence […]

People : Lord Stokes interview

People : Lord Stokes interview

Autocar, 26 July 1973 Lord Stokes Speaks What I Plan For Triumph In an interview with Graham Robson, Lord Stokes laid bare his plans for sports car motoring at Triumph, and went on to make several provocative remarks about motor sport, new legislation and the future for sports cars in general. Graham Robson – The […]

Interview : Alec Issigonis on the BMC 1100

Interview : Alec Issigonis on the BMC 1100

Motor magazine, August 1962 WHY IS THE ADO16? Alec Issigonis, technical director of the British Motor Corporation and Charles Griffin, chief engineer, answer questions from our technical editor. Joseph Lowrey, Motor – As soon as they discovered the Mini-Minor’s remarkable qualities, Motorists began asking whether your unique design could also be scaled up into something […]

People : Harry Webster on the Triumph 1300

People : Harry Webster on the Triumph 1300

Autocar 18 February 1966 Triumph 1300 Harry Webster Talks To Ronald Barker About Its Background And Evolution Ronald Barker – My first question, Mr Webster, is when did you initiate the 1300 project? Harry Webster – About three years ago, I suppose – anyhow, some time after the Leyland takeover. Ronald Barker – So this […]

Obituary : Tom Walkinshaw 1946-2010

Obituary : Tom Walkinshaw 1946-2010

Keith Adams The motor sport community is in mourning following the news that Tom Walkinshaw has died after a battle with cancer. Walkinshaw ran the Benetton, Ligier and Arrows teams in Formula 1 although he is best known for his role in turning Benetton into a World Championship winning equipe, as well as securing the services of Michael […]

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Obituary : Roy Axe 1937-2010

Obituary : Roy Axe 1937-2010

Keith Adams Roy Axe, former Design Director for Rootes Group, Chrysler UK, Chrysler in the USA and Rover has died aged 73. The creator of countless cars, he had been battling with cancer for more than two years and had been living in Florida for the past decade following going into retirement after selling his own […]

Obituary : Alex Park 1926-2009

Obituary : Alex Park 1926-2009

Alex Park: Chief Executive of British Leyland Alex Park ran British Leyland during a controversial period of the motor manufacturer’s history in 1975-78. Park fought hard to revive the newly nationalised company’s fortunes by stemming the haemorraghing of its funds, restructuring its operations and attempting to raise productivity, but left before being able to fully […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE INDEPENDENT Lord Stokes: Tough industrialist unfairly blamed for the failure of Leyland’s merger with the British Motor Corporation Donald Stokes was chairman of the ill-fated British Leyland Motor Corporation from 1968 to 1975. He was unfairly blamed for the inevitable failure of the government-inspired attempt to bring together all the major British-owned motor companies […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

DAILY TELEGRAPH Lord Stokes, who died yesterday aged 94, was probably the most outspoken industrialist in Britain in the 1970s when, as chairman of British Leyland, he used colourful language to warn repeatedly of the need for Britain to improve her efficiency to compete effectively in world markets. Sadly, factors including industrial strife and lack […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Lord Stokes: former president of British Leyland Keith Adams and Clive Goldthorp ‘I was not and I have never pretended to be a manufacturing expert, ever. I have no pretensions as to that.’ This quote is all the more curious when one considers that it is attributed to Lord Stokes, the man charged by the […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE TIMES As chairman and managing director of the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) from its creation in 1968 from the merger with British Motor Holdings and the Leyland Motor Corporation until its demise in a government reorganisation in 1975, Lord Stokes was faced with the intractable task of bringing some shape and order to […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE GUARDIAN British Leyland chief given the unenviable task of turning round the UK car industry in the late 1960s Roger Cowe Lord Stokes, who has died aged 94, had what the Financial Times described as “the toughest job held by any boss in Britain” when, as Sir Donald Stokes, he was given a key […]

Obituary : Sir Austin Bide 1915-2008

Obituary : Sir Austin Bide 1915-2008

From The Independent Sir Austin Bide: Industrialist who transformed Glaxo into a world force and then clashed with Thatcher at British Leyland Sir Austin Bide was the man principally responsible for the transformation of Glaxo from a company best known for its baby foods into a world force in the pharmaceutical industry. During a 40-year […]

Obituary : Brian Griffin

Obituary : Brian Griffin

KEITH ADAMS BRIAN Griffin, son of BMC engineer Charles Griffin, and long-time Rover engineer himself has recently died following a short battle with Cancer. To MG enthusiasts, he will be primarily remembered for his work on the MGF project, turning into the fine-handling car that it was – but his involvement with the company is […]

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Obituary : Jack Daniels

Obituary : Jack Daniels

Draughtsman to Issigonis on the Mini Even an observant car obsessive would not have looked twice at the Morris Minor that threaded its way, daily, from Oxford to Birmingham in 1956. But it was a remarkable car: unlike other Minors, this one had its front wheels driven rather than its back ones, its transversely mounted […]

By 2 December 2004 0 Comments Read More →
Obituary : John Barber

Obituary : John Barber

John Barber: The businessman who tried to make British Leyland work Martin Adeney John Barber, who has died aged 85, was a key player in the government struggle to create a viable British-owned motor industry out of a tangle of underperforming companies in the 1960s and 1970s. He wrote the business plan for Leyland’s takeover […]

By 13 November 2004 0 Comments Read More →
Obituary : John Barber 1919-2004

Obituary : John Barber 1919-2004

From The Times Executive who was handed the poison chalice of trying to run British Leyland at a time when its affairs were irredeemable. WHEN appointed managing director and deputy chairman of British Leyland in April 1974, John Barber knew that he faced a near-impossible task. Weak management, continuous industrial strife, inflation, the oil crisis […]

By 11 November 2004 0 Comments Read More →
Archive : Lord Simpson: The man who broke Marconi

Archive : Lord Simpson: The man who broke Marconi

Lord Simpson’s sacking from the post of chief executive of Marconi follows one of the most catastrophic declines in UK corporate history. Bob Chaundy looks at the career of the man who presided over his company’s spectacular fall from grace. When the GEC shareholders appointed George Simpson to head their company in September 1996, the […]

By 7 September 2001 0 Comments Read More →
Archive : John Towers: Rover boss

Archive : John Towers: Rover boss

John Towers, who led the Phoenix consortium bid to take over Rover Group last year, is a veteran of the car industry. Mr Towers, 53, has once before been head of the company. He left Rover in 1996 after being sidelined by the BMW management and frustrated by the direction the company was taking. He […]

By 26 October 2000 0 Comments Read More →