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Ian Callum honoured with London Classic Car show Icon Award

PRETORIA. Gauteng – One of the international greats of automotive design, Ian Callum, (64) has been awarded the 2019 London Classic Car Show‘s Icon Award.

The design director with Jaguar is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents and has, it was said at the presentation ”also had an enormous effect on the industry”. So, in fact, has his family – his younger brother Moray is a design expert with Ford.

IAN CALLUM: Top award from the British Classic Car show in London. Image: Supplied
IAN CALLUM: Top award from the British Classic Car show in London. Image: Supplied

This the  fifth annual show included an exhibition of some of Callum’s most notable and career-defining cars: Jaguar’s all-electric Jaguar I-Pace and F-Type (winner of 2013 World Car Design of the Year), the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish, and Ford’s RS2000.


Callum said after receiving the award: “It’s an honour to be so recognised for my contribution to car design and it’s a special moment to see for the first time such a large collection of my life’s work in the one place.”

Bas Bungish, director of the London Classic Car Show,  said, “Ian was an obvious choice as this year’s Icon. His incredible career has brought us some of the most recognisable and celebrated cars as future coveted classics.”

Callum started his career at Ford’s Design Studios before becoming chief designer of Tom Walkinshaw Racing Design. Since 1999 he’s been at the forefront of the transformation of Jaguar’s design.

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In 2005 he received the title Royal Designer for Industry and in 2014 a Minerva Medal  for a lifetime’s achievement in design.

He has also received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

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