I was a JRT sponsored student from 1980~1984 and spent time in several departments at Canley – Prototype Build, NVH and Trim and Hardware Design – before joining the Aerodynamic Department full-time in the autumn of 1984.
I moved to the Chassis Department at Longbridge in 1985 but returned to Canley in 1990, working in the Brakes Development team. We were amongst the last few people in Building 50 when it was cleared before being demolished as part of the site clearance.
We moved into the old NVH area in Building 40 Basement. I moved back to Longbridge in 1992. I have many happy memories of the site and the people, especially Building 50.
As mentioned in my personal info, I was working in Brakes Development in Building 50 in 1990/1 and we were one of the last couple of teams there when most had moved out, in some cases emptying the contents of filing cabinets onto the floor and taking just the cabinets!
I did a student placement with Engine Prototype Build in the summer of 1983, with Ken Tomlinson, I was given the task of finding what prototype parts still existed from the ‘O 4valve’ project that had previously been postponed. This involved gaining entry into the Canley Prototype Stores, not easy and not particularly welcoming to be honest, and then working down a long parts list to check at the last known stock locations. To my surprise, nearly everything was still there! This allowed the project the restart – it became known as the ‘M-series’ and was launched in the Rover 800 in 1986.
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