Jump to content


Photo

Ronnie Spain


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 tali1

tali1
  • New Member

  • 20 posts
  • Joined: February 10

Posted 06 August 2010 - 18:36

Ronnie Spain who wrote GT40: An Individual History - i can't seem to find any more info on him , other than this is the only book he wrote
I don't think he was involved in original GT40 development?
So has anyone more info on him- is he involved in motorsport?

Advertisement

#2 Mistron

Mistron
  • Member

  • 858 posts
  • Joined: June 05

Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:17

Doug Nye will no doubt give a more experienced view of Ronnie, but from my experience of him in the early 2000's, Ronnie is just about the most 'un- motorsport' person you could imagine. 'by day' he is (or at least was) a truck mechanic, and I think a gardner?. He is from Ayrshire in west scotland.

He came across to me as very modest about his own depth of knowledge, and despite the fact that his opinion on the cars can have a huge influence on the prices paid, he is absolutely 'straight' in his opinions of the cars he asseses as he bases his opinion on many many years of dedicated research and an incredible depth of knowledge of the cars and their make up, not 'who the owner is'.

If you met Ronnie you would find it quite funny to think that he has some very wealthy collectors flying him all over the world. That is not to do him down in any way, but he just isn't like your average 'published marque authority' in the classic car field. He's more jeans and trainers than cords and loafers, if you know what I mean?. For many years the publication of the revised edition of the book was delayed as 'his computer broke'!

I have to say, I liked Ronnie a lot. (not just 'cause he's a fellow Scot)

I think the reprint of the book which came out in the early 2000's was simply a reprint of the original, not updated, and may well have been released without his knowledge / consent / aproval?

He was not involved in any way with the cars when they were built, but he does work quite closely with John Etheridge who was at FAV throughout the period of the cars design and racing lives.

Between them they have an incredible amount of technical and historical knowledge.

I think Ronnie's knowledge is pretty specifically focussed on the Gt40 programme, but over the years has come to encompass any other info on races, drivers, etc who were involved with the GT40s which he has come accross in the course of his research. He sent me a load of info on Ken Simmonds and his car 'the Mysteron' when it was wrongly speculated by a magazine that it was in some way connected to a car I owned at the time . Ronnie had recorded the info 'cause Ken had driven GT40s.

I last spoke to him back in '04/'05 I think. no idea how he is or what he's been up to since though.

Edited by Mistron, 06 August 2010 - 19:24.


#3 Doug Nye

Doug Nye
  • Member

  • 8,484 posts
  • Joined: February 02

Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:22

Big, hairy, ginger - massively knowledgeable - talks 14 to the dozen - tends not to pause to permit conversation - very nice guy - good bloke - in my experience incorruptible, as straight as a gun barrel. Admirable.

DCN

#4 MKIVJ6

MKIVJ6
  • Member

  • 345 posts
  • Joined: June 04

Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:25

Big, hairy, ginger - massively knowledgeable - talks 14 to the dozen - tends not to pause to permit conversation - very nice guy - good bloke - in my experience incorruptible, as straight as a gun barrel. Admirable.

DCN



A few years ago he came by to look at J6.

Very nice guy exactly as you say.

He took a lot of photo's and told me he was writing a new book and it would be out soon.

Soon has come and gone.

Best

#5 Mistron

Mistron
  • Member

  • 858 posts
  • Joined: June 05

Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:25

see, told you DCN would know!

It's just that I'm more wordy......

but we agree. top bloke.
:wave:

#6 hipperson

hipperson
  • Member

  • 565 posts
  • Joined: January 06

Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:03

Ditto the above............became a good friend when researching my Ford P/1005. He stays here when he is researching down south
My kids ( 9 & 12) have a dislike of men who are either big,ginger or wear a beard.......Ronnie is all of these and they love him !

Here at my charity weekend in 2005 and 2006.

Posted Image

This shot of 1005 in it's present 'guise'....Ronnie holding court.....the silver haired fellow is Clive Young who owned 1003

1003 when Lime Green was sighted by Ronnie in I think 1971...that began his love affair with marque

Posted Image

#7 Frank S

Frank S
  • Member

  • 2,157 posts
  • Joined: September 02

Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:49

I had a short email exchange with Ronnie Spain, ending last December. He said then:
"I am an authority on the Ford GT40, and am nearing the end of the compilation of a second book on the car (a long time coming; the first book was back in 1986)."

#8 Ted Walker

Ted Walker
  • Member

  • 1,432 posts
  • Joined: November 01

Posted 07 August 2010 - 05:35

Ronnie is due a visit to my archive to finalise a few things for his book that is "almost ready"

#9 tali1

tali1
  • New Member

  • 20 posts
  • Joined: February 10

Posted 10 August 2010 - 00:55

Ditto the above............became a good friend when researching my Ford P/1005. He stays here when he is researching down south
My kids ( 9 & 12) have a dislike of men who are either big,ginger or wear a beard.......Ronnie is all of these and they love him !

Here at my charity weekend in 2005 and 2006.

Posted Image

This shot of 1005 in it's present 'guise'....Ronnie holding court.....the silver haired fellow is Clive Young who owned 1003

1003 when Lime Green was sighted by Ronnie in I think 1971...that began his love affair with marque

Posted Image


Firstly , thanks to all :clap:
Hipperson - I have been enthusiastically following your own GT40 story and that of your friend Karl Richardson(must be something special to be in an elite few to have supercar ownership back in the 60s/70s ) - great pics - i even tracked down the Cressing Post office!