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Biographical entry James, Frederick George (1915 - 2007)

Born
4 May 1915
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died
18 October 2007
Cowes, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

Engineer and lifelong motor enthusiast Fred James was the senior engine designer at General Motors-Holden from 1963 to 1977 and is known as the designer of the iconic Holden V8. His first position as engineer was with England's Vauxhall Motors. While at Vauxhall he designed the 21-litre flat 12-cylinder engine for the Churchill tank, used during WWII.

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1938
Education - Honours in Engineering, University of Western Australia, Perth
1938 - 1941
Career position - Engineer at Vauxhall Motors, Luton, England
1941 - 1963
Career position - Engineer at General Motors-Holden, Fisherman's Bend
1963 - 1977
Career position - Senior engine engineer, General Motors-Holden, Fisherman's Bend

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • James, S., 'Holden engineering legend provided oomph', The Age, 8 November 2007, p. 18. Details

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