Who is Ron Ayers?
Born in London, England in 1932, Ayers obtained a BSc in aeronautical engineering from the University of London and an MSc in aerodynamics from Cranfield University before starting his working career as an apprentice at Handley Page Ltd, eventually working his way up to helping design prototypes of the Handley Page Victor bomber aircraft. After that he was employed by the British Aircraft Corporation in their Guided Weapons Division, initially as Chief Aerodynamicist and then later Head of Operational Research and Deputy Head of Management Services. Much of his time at BAC was devoted to the development of the Bloodhound surface-to-air missile.
Happily In retirement, Ayers had been putting his lifetime of aerodynamic design experience to good effect researching a theory about why most major LSR cars over the years have always underperformed relative to their original design specifications. Time spent as a part-time guide at Brooklands Museum close to his home in Claygate, Surrey, had given Ayers access to a wealth of research papers from early record-breaking attempts, and it was this that sparked his interest in record-breaking, and led to him being in Ken Norris's office on that day.
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