Adrian Reynard

DSc, D Eng, C Eng, FREng, FI Mech E, CRAeS, FRSA
Professor Engineering and Appied Science – Cranfield University
Professor Motor Sport Design – Oxford Brookes University

Date of Birth March 23rd 1951 – Welwyn, United Kingdom

Married to Gill – Four Children


2017  Honorary Doctorate of Science awarded by Cranfield University

2012 First Reynard car registered on the road in the U.K.

2009 Designed and built Reynard Inverter sports car with Andre Brown

2002 Elected Member of Society of Automotive Engineers

2001 Awarded Crompton Lanchester Medal by the IMechE for outstanding contribution to Mechanical Engineering in Motorsport Awarded The Most Outstanding Contribution To The UK Motorsport Industry by the MIA

Elected MIA Committee Member & Ambassador for the Education and Skills Initiative

2000 Appointed Visiting Professor in Motor Sport Design – Oxford Brookes University

1999 Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

1998 Duke of Edinburgh Award for contribution to Motor Sport

1997 Appointed Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Cranfield University

Elected Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society

Awarded the Andersen Consulting Award for Business Achievement

1996 Collected Queens Award For Export

Received ISO9002 Award for rapid implementation of manufacturingExport Achievement Award from the Motor Industry Association

Indy 500 Winners Award

1995 IndyCar Constructors Championship Award (and again until 2001)

Indianapolis 500 – Team Winners Award

Castrol Institute of Motor Industry Gold Medal for contributions to the Motor Industry

1994 Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by Oxford Brookes University

1993 Elected Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chartered Engineer

1992 Awarded Sir Henry Royce Gold Medal For Excellence

1991 Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts

1990 Collected Queens Award For Export

1989 Design Council Award presented by Duke of Edinburgh

1984 Received technology grant for carbon fibre research from Dept of Industry

1979 Won European F2000 Championship driving Reynard 79SF

1977 Took up full time position as CEO at Sabre Automotive Ltd which became Reynard Racing Cars Ltd.

1976 Joined Hawke Racing Cars as Chief Designer

1975 Enrolled MSc in Vehicle Dynamics at Cranfield Institute of Technology

1974 Project Engineer British Leyland – Prototype Build and Development Department

1973 Built the first Reynard Car as a student project.

Founder Sabre Automotive Ltd. (renamed Reynard Racing Cars Ltd)

1972 Designed first Reynard Car

Graduated from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) with a HND in Mechanical Engineering

1971 Broke again five World Land Speed Records and six British National Records at Elvington, Yorkshire on the first Reynard vehicle – 250cc Motorcycle Projectile

1970 Broke five World Land Speed Records and six British National Records at Elvington

Founded Oxford Polytechnic Automobile Club. Elected
President and successfully re-nominated until leaving in 1972

1969 Alleynes Grammar School

A Levels: Design Technology and Physics

1968 and 1969 Sixth Form Technology Prize

1967 Alleynes Grammar School

O Levels: Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Physics,Engineering Drawing, Chemistry, Biology, English, French, Spanish, Geography

Hobbies & Interests

Private Pilots Licence – Helicopters and Aircraft

RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Rating

Water Skier and Kite Boarder

PADI Advanced Scuba Diver

Shooting – Clay Pigeon

Model Aircraft Radio Control Flying

Occasional Karting, Moto Cross, Quadbiking, Motor cycling

Travelling with family

Solar Power

Tree conservation

Jacques Villeneuve en route to his 1995 Indycar Championship title

In 1996 Reynard recieved their second Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

One of the last pictures of Adrian as a racing driver, taken in 1979 at Zandvoort after winning the Formula Ford 2000 Euroseries race


Adrian winning the 1979 European Formula Ford 2000 Championships at the final round at Nivelles, Belgium

Adrian walking back to the pits with pieces of his car in 1974 Race of Champions meeting after Rupert Keegan caused a pile up after flying through the air

Adrian during a record breaking run at Elvington airfield in October 1971. Thanks to Denis Jenkinson’s patience, Adrian continued until 5 o’clock and broke the records he had set the previous year

Adrian broke five land speed records on bike’s that he built himself

Frank Reynard (Adrian’s Grandfather), pictured during a TT race in 1924

Adrian’s grandfather, Frank Reynard owned a bicycle shop in Easingwold, Yorkshire which became a garage and then expanded into a bus company

Adrian barefoot waterskiing

Adrian is an accomplished pilot and is seen here with a 1944 Texan T6G (Harvard)