Jeff Uren (17 October 1925 – 6 April 2007), was a British racing driver and race tuning expert, mainly working with Fords. His most famous works of engineering included the V6 three litre Modified by Weslake Ford Cortina MkII Savage, and the V8 four-point-seven litre Ford Capri Stampede. He was also involved in motor-sport as a team manager for Ford and later the Willment/Race Proved team along with John Willment.
After being involved in racing he also worked in industrial engineering and commercial building design and antiques. He was a very close friend of Bernard Brooke the first class Yorkshire cricketer.
Jeff Uren started racing at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1954 which he entered with his brother Douglas in Douglas' Armstrong Siddeley. They both moved on to saloon cars from 1955. Douglas remained an amateur and they often raced in the same races however Jeff became a professional.
Jeff drove in the inaugural season of the British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, finishing sixth on points and achieving the first win in a Ford at Mallory Park. In 1959 he became champion in the second year of the BSCC driving a group C Ford Zephyr, finishing ahead of the works Ford drivers. Ford then decided they wanted him with them not against them.
He raced competitively - in saloon and GT events - until 1964, racing in various Fords including Anglias, Prefects, 100E's, and Cortina Mk1's. He held class lap records at Aintree, Goodwood, Brands Hatch and Snetterton in his Zephyr.
Jeff competed in various historic race events until 2000.
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