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#1 bradbury west

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 14:33

I have not seen it mentioned elsewhere or here, but Octane magazine reports that Ken Rudd, racer and specialist tuner of ACs via his Ruddspeed business, died on August 29.
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#2 llmaurice

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 14:46

Oh Dear !
Yet another of the once famous innovators has left us .
Rudds also converted some of the late 50s early 60s Alfas to RHD.

#3 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 15:21

Sorry to hear , when AC entered LeMans in later 50's they used Ken's transporter.

#4 RTH

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 17:22

Is it faulty memory or was there a Ruddspeed Volvo and Zephyr ?

#5 sterling49

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 17:37

Is it faulty memory or was there a Ruddspeed Volvo and Zephyr ?



That is what I thought Richard, Amazon 122 ring a bell?

#6 RTH

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 17:41

Yes and I am also thinking a Ruddspeed Volvo engined Marcos ?

#7 bradbury west

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 18:39

He was probably the first to develop the B18 over here, and he was the driving force behind the AC Ace Ford with his engine mods when the Bristol was getting long in the tooth, the other source being the Raymond Mays conversions. He also did Ruddspeed Healey 3000s. ISTR that Simon Taylor did the AC Ace book so it will be well covered.
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#8 Haine Kane

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 16:08

Hello dear Friends,

Sad news about Ken :(

Here my file about him, and if someone have more informations about his birthplace and deathplace, many thanks

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#9 Brooklander

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 08:21

Try going to www.acheritage.co.uk for some great images of Ken at the 1957 Le Mans and Goodwood Revival 2008.

#10 Brooklander

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 08:23

I have not seen it mentioned elsewhere or here, but Octane magazine reports that Ken Rudd, racer and specialist tuner of ACs via his Ruddspeed business, died on August 29.
Roger Lund


Try going to www.acheritage.co.uk. Some great images of Ken at the 1957 Le Mans and Goodwood Revival 2008.