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Jim Rose

A thought-provoking man, rich with automotive history, that’s Jim Rose. A behind-the-scenes, living legend is now retired but spends his year split between countries but not between hobbies. Whether he is in England or the US, Rose is creating beautiful cars. He lives half the year in the US and the other six months in his home country. The memories he possess are filled with expertise and a knack for car construction. Rose recalls memories of working on Le Mans and rally cars in his younger days. He holds some unknown, quirky facts of the industry, for instance: he claims England had the Mustangs and rally cars before the US. His credibility comes from his extensive work history in the automotive industry. He’s been working with cars ever since he can remember and was on the team that won the Tour de France Automobile in 1964 with the “US-unreleased” car he previously spoke of. Rose has another impressive notch to add to his resume, he is responsible for building the lightest GT40 at 1800 pounds. The car, to this day, has not been driven more than seven miles! In his younger years, the automotive architect dabbled with many developing projects including a car called the F3L, a car that is referenced as one of motorsport’s biggest could-have-beens and later fizzled out due to insufficient funding. Rose fiddled with the NASCAR scene for a little while, specifically drafts for the cars. He says guys in the industry are great here are building things 100 off to tweak performance, but when it comes to a slight change to maybe 1 or 2 off of the original work they used him for his precision and skill. Although he’s retired now, the Englishman continues to perfect his skill of tweaking cars and building masterpieces. When he is in the states, he’s fueling his passion for cars and building them back to their original state of being at Holman Moody. Rose has simple advice for those of you wanting to build cars with a big grin on his face, saying the most important part is to make sure it doesn’t fall apart. You have to check everything. Although he has some of the most intriguing knowledge and recall, Jim Rose remains humble. Speaking with Jim Rose gives a new appreciation for behind the scenes of the automotive industry.

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