Ron Ayers is the 85 Year old chief aerodynamicist working on the world’s most advanced racing car, the Bloodhound. Ever since a child, Ron was obsessed with speed and now, as lead designer of the mixed age Bloodhound team, Ron is making his childhood dream come true. It is such a positive story for all of us to never give up on what we are passionate about. Practice does make perfect and sometimes we just have to put in not only the hours but the years, to get the knowledge we need to reach our goals. It is Ron's experience over a lifetime which has made the Bloodhound the one to beat the 1000 mile mark. Inspirational.

At The Age of No Retirement we are always looking for for stories to show that 1+1 = 3, that older + younger = more than the sum of its parts and is the magic combination for innovation and getting the best out of any project. The story of Ron Ayers is a great example of such a story. The team behind the Bloodhound, a car looking to break the 1000mph barrier, consists of engineers and designers of all ages but it wasn't until the addition of Ron and his years of experience and passion that Bloodhound started to take shape and become more than a fantasy.

Ron has worked in engineering since he embarked on an apprenticeship nearly 70 years ago. Retirement is not for him, and as he told a BBC new crew, "I like to push boundaries and someone of my age does not normally get the opportunity to do so."

 It took Ron three years to perfect the shape of the Bloodhound, which had to be both safe and capable of achieving astonishing land speeds. The Bloodhound is currently at Newquay Airport undergoing low speed trial and the team plans to attempt reaching 1,000mph in 2019. 

You can watch the interview with Roy here on the BBC News site.

The Bloodhound designed by Ron Ayers.

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