Blog: Jack Daniels RIP

WE have lost another important figure in BL’s history. After a two-year battle against cancer, Jack Daniels passed away on Saturday evening. We remember him as the engineering genius, who managed to translate Sir Alec Issigonis’ blue sky sketches into mechanical reality.

Without him, it is likely the Minor, Mini, 1100, 1800 and Maxi would not have ended up being the engineering masterpieces that they were. As he said on more than one occasion, “I am the man who’s the 90 per cent perspiration behind Alec Issigonis’ 10 per cent inspiration”. From what we know, this is a most perceptive summary of this clever man’s engineering skills. Issigonis once said: “He is the best draughtsman in the country”…

Tonight, our thoughts are with Jack’s family.


Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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