Coventry Car Day - Sir Nick Scheele, Bugatti Lecture

Sir Nick Scheele came and spoke on “the changing role of the British motor industry in the development and manufacturing of cars – past, present and future”, for this year’s Bugatti Lecture.

Sir Nick, who was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Ford Motor Company.

Sir Nick’s impressive career also saw him complete tenures as chairman and CEO of Jaguar Cars from 1992 to 1999, as chancellor of the University of Warwick from 2002 to 2008 and as president of Coventry Transport Museum from 2006 to the present. In 2001 he was knighted for services to British exports.


Life in the Motor Industry - Richard Parry-Jones

Richard Parry-Jones is an automotive engineering leader who worked for the Ford Motor Company for 38 years.

Richard spent nearly ten years as group Vice President in charge of Research and Development for Ford and its subsiduary companies worldwide, leading a staff of 30,000 Product Development professionals in 15 countries. He was also the company's Chief Technical Officer up until his retirement in 2007. He now consults a range of blue-chip clients and is involved in a number of engineering and education related projects in the UK and beyond.

This lecture covers his career from designing the brakes on the Ford Capri right up until his ventures into motorsport, including working on the Jaguar Formula One team.


Dr Alex Moulton - Bugatti Design Lecture

Apologies about the sound, but we simply had to show you this lecture given by Dr Alex Moulton.

Dr. Moulton's professional life has been devoted to the research and development of innovative designs.

He developed The Moulton Bicycle, introduced in 1962, and pioneered small-wheeled, full-suspension thinking which was acknowledged as the most radical change in bicycle design for over 60 years. Over 150,000 were made and they still hold world and national speed records, testimony to their fundamentally advanced design.

He is also responsible for car suspensions from the rubber cone spring on the BMC Mini, to the Hydrolastic Austin 1100 and its successor, the Allegro (in collaboration with Sir Alec Issigonis) and the Hydragas on the Austin Metro, Rover 100 and MGF.

Between them, these systems have been fitted to some 8 million cars.

This lecture covers how his innovations in engineering have gained him a Queens Award, the CBE, 3 honorary doctorates, and have made him an icon for budding engineers. You can also watch it on Coventry University TV


Future Perfect - Designing for Tomorrow - Richard Seymour

This is an inspirational talk that Richard Seymour gave at Coventry University about the challenges and responsibilities of designers in the future.

Richard Seymour is co-founder of Seymour-powell, one of the world's top product design agencies. Based in London, Seymour-powell has been responsible for some of the most iconic products of the last 25 years, including the world's first cordless kettle, pocket mobile phone and Bioform Bra. More recently, the company has been involved with helping to develop the interior of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic privateer spacecraft and a hydrogen-powered motorcycle.

He is holder of the D&AD Presidents Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Centre for Creative Studies, Michigan. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and was voted (with Dick Powell) 6th Most Important Mover and Shaker in British Culture 2004 by the BBC.

Richard is also a visiting professor at Coventry University.