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Born on this day (30th - March)

Manuel de Teffé

1905 - 1967


Rudolf Krause

1907 - 1987


Peter Hirt

1910 - 1992


Robert O'Brien

1922 - 1997


1934


Eddie Jordan

1948


Mike Thackwell

1961


Stéphane Ortelli

1970


Fabrizio de Simone

1971


Chris Trickle

1972 - 1998



Died on this day (30th - March)

Lucien Bianchi

1934 - 1969


Yves Giraud-Cabantous

1904 - 1973


Bill Hamilton

1899 - 1978


Kenneth Douglas Evans

1912 - 1985


David Leslie

1953 - 2008


Richard Lloyd

1945 - 2008


Jackie Pretorius

1934 - 2009



Tony Rudd
UNITED KINGDOM

Born
8 / 3 / 1923
Died
22 / 8 / 2003
In more than 50 years as an engineer in the field of high performance engine development and Grand Prix racing, Tony Rudd became a world-renowned authority, highly respected for his innovative methods. He was intimately involved with the extensive changes brought about in high-performance engine and car design, from his years with the BRM team where he became Chief Engineer and Team Manager, and thereafter as Group Engineering Director at Lotus. From his pre-war school holiday involvement with Prince Chula and B. Bira and their ERAs, Tony Rudd went on to become an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce in Derby and thereafter Hucknall. After a wartime spent mostly working round the clock on aero-engine service and durability problems, he was seconded to Raymond Mays troubled BRM workshops in Bourne, Lincolnshire. There he caught the motor racing bug for good-and never returned to Rolls-Royce. At BRM Tony Rudd had a do-or-die ultimatum from Sir Alfred Owen. The crunch year was 1962. Under Rudd's leadership BRM redeemed itself by winning the Constructors' Championship, and giving Graham Hill his first Fl World Championship. Seven years later Tony Rudd joined Cohn Chapman at Lotus where he worked for more than 20 years until his retirement in March 1991.