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(Derek Gardner pictured above with Ken Tyrell in 1998)

It is with regret that the Club has to announce the death of Associate Member Derek Gardner, who passed away on 7 January 2011 after a long illness.

Derek, who joined the Club in 1975, started his distinguished career in Formula 1 developing the four-wheel drive system for Matra whilst working at Ferguson Research. In 1970 he now famously built the first Tyrrell 001 chassis (which Jackie Stewart went on to qualify on pole at its first race, the 1970 Canadian Grand Prix) in his garage at home.

The 001 was developed into the 003 which gave Ken Tyrell his first World Championship with his own car and Jackie his second World Championship, in 1971.

Condolences have been passed to Derek’s wife Margret and his two daughters, Helen and Rachel.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 25 January 2011 at 12.45pm at Oakley Wood Crematorium (South Chapel), Bichsops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QP.  Following the ceremony, there will be teas, coffees and light refreshment at the Barcelo Walton Hotel, Nr Wellesbourne.  Directions will be available at the Crematorium.

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