Ian Callum has been given the honour of joining the Scottish Motoring Hall of Fame at an event held on the Royal Yacht Britannia, he becomes one of the first people to join along with Sir Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.
Ian who is now 61 was born in Scotland and has certainly always had a love for car design. At the tender age of 14 he designed his first Jaguar and sent it to the brand in the hope of securing a job, this didn’t quite work out so he went off to do a little bit of preparation work before trying again. He studied industrial design at the Glasgow school of art and then specialised in vehicle design at the Royal College of Art in London where he obtained a post graduate masters degree. After that a series of high profile design roles followed until eventually his path crossed with Jaguar and he joined the company in 1999.
The Hall Of Fame
The Motoring Hall of Fame is organised by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, this influential group of writers aim to celebrate Scotland’s many strong people involved in the motoring industry from drivers to designers and more. This is the inaugural year of the Hall of Fame and is set to launch along side the Concours of Elegance which opens at Holyroodhouse this weekend. Ian Callum was quoted as saying it was a great honour to be invited to the Hall of Fame and that was only made greater by the company he was in. He was referring to the legendary racing drivers Sir Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark who are also being inducted.
According to the president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers Ian Callum was always at the top of the list to be one of the first inductees to the Hall of Fame, this was down to the many stunning Jaguars he has designed that are considered “automotive art the world over”. He has been involved in, and designed a long list of iconic and cutting edge cars; the XK, XJ, XF, C-X75, and the stunning F-Type. Ian Callum has also taken Jaguar into a completely new realm by designing the first Jaguar SUV, the much talked about F-Pace. He is not only a designer of classic looking Jaguars but someone who is willing to push the brand into new areas; something it must do to stay on top.
Hopefully Ian Callum has another 16 years at Jaguar ahead of him because filling his shoes when he leaves will be a very tall order for anyone. Jaguar is a very rare brand in that it is one that maintains the feel and passion it has always had for powerful luxury cars but also one that is not afraid to push the boundaries.