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#1 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 20:40

http://www.brdc.co.u...-Chris-Lawrence

Sad news. Surprising too, as he was quite active until recently as far as I was aware. :cry:

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#2 richie

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 21:34

http://www.brdc.co.u...-Chris-Lawrence

Sad news. Surprising too, as he was quite active until recently as far as I was aware. :cry:


I met him at the Goodwood Revival 3 years ago and signed a copy of his book for me. We talked about the Monica project and Bob Curl's involvement, then exchanged email addresses. Nice guy. RIP

#3 arttidesco

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 21:59

Sad news, condolences to Chris's family and friends.

#4 David Birchall

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 23:20

Very sad to hear that and it feels closer to home than most. I raced against Chris at the Monterey Historics in 85 or 86. He was driving an AC Aceca/Zephyr that he had modified on behalf of the California owner. I was driving a Lotus 26R as were four other guys in the race and it was them I was worried about. I was wrong! Chris Lawrence spanked all of us in the AC!
A great developement engineer and a hell of a driver. I can strongly recommend his autobiography "Morgan Maverick" isbn 978-1900113-04-5


#5 alfredaustria

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 21:41

Very sad to hear. I met Mr Chris Lawrence twice in 2008: At the Race-Retro in Stoneleigh, where he was signing his book and at Goodwood. I want to share two pictures with you, which I took at Stoneleigh.

http://img52.imagesh...rislawrence.jpg
http://img171.images...0/lawrencex.jpg


#6 richardspringett

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 22:41


This is a name from the past and maybe gone before....but didn`t Chris Lawrence have a small tiny? garage at the top of Arkwright Road, off Finchley Road, NW3?

Or am I dreadfully confused? I`m talking mid 50`s -- I was still in short trousers....in some ways I still am....

Richard


#7 David Birchall

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 23:04

Hi Richard, it must have been a different Chris Lawrence-this one was working for Rotax at that time and racing the 1934 MG Magnette "Porthos" according to his autobiography "Morgan Maverick".

#8 Allan Lupton

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:00

Very sad to hear. I met Mr Chris Lawrence twice in 2008: At the Race-Retro in Stoneleigh, where he was signing his book and at Goodwood. I want to share two pictures with you, which I took at Stoneleigh.

In 2008 I wrote the following in a then-current thread on Chris Lawrence:

A very few years ago, when I was handicapping at Bentley DC Silverstone, someone (Bill Wykeham IIRC) had entered a Lawrencetine Morgan +4. I found him and his car before practice, and ventured to ask if it was a genuine Lawrencetune car - "Yes, and that (waving at a man fiddling with the Weber carbs) is Mr. Lawrence tuning it!"

Like many of our sort, he was still playing with motorcars long after he needed to!

#9 Macca

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:51

I talked to him at Stoneleigh when his book came out, mainly about the J.Pearce F1 cars - nice chap. He was at Goodwood with the twin-Mini a couple of years ago and his road car was still a Monica! I'll try to find a photo later.

RIP to a good driver/engineer and a real enthusiast.

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#10 Alan Cox

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 09:28

Very sad to hear. I met Mr Chris Lawrence twice in 2008: At the Race-Retro in Stoneleigh, where he was signing his book and at Goodwood. I want to share two pictures with you, which I took at Stoneleigh.

http://img52.imagesh...rislawrence.jpg
http://img171.images...0/lawrencex.jpg

Sorry to go OT here but, Alfred, those are actually my photos taken at Stoneleigh in 2008 and at the NEC two years before - note that Chris is wearing a different shirt and looking less frail in the NEC picture. It would be appreciated if you didn't claim credit for photos which aren't yours. :evil:

Edited by Alan Cox, 26 August 2011 - 11:40.


#11 richie

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 21:58

http://www.brdc.co.u...-Chris-Lawrence

Sad news. Surprising too, as he was quite active until recently as far as I was aware. :cry:


Found this, quite interesting biog:

http://www.morgan-mo...hris/chris.html