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11:22 Wednesday 22 August 2012  Written by James Preston

Hewland Engineering founder dies aged 89

The man who founded motorsport pioneer Hewland Engineering Ltd more than 50 years ago has died.

Michael Philip Hewland, known as Mike, died peacefully at his home in Finchampstead on Saturday, aged 89.

Based in Maidenhead since it was founded in 1957, Hewland Engineering became renowned for its transmission systems.

London-bred Hewland left school at 14 to take up engineering before eventually setting up his own company, initially operating out of a leaky shed with just four staff.

The business continued to grow and moved from North Town Road to Boyn Valley Road, where Hewland Engineering had well over 100 employees in the 1970s. In the 60s, 70s and 80s, Hewland gearboxes became synonymous with motorsport and Formula One.

Hewland's son, William, is now company president at the new business premises in Waltham Road.

He said: "He was a very dedicated engineer. That was his passion.

"Nobody quite knows what the industry would be like if he hadn't been there."

Hewland is survived by his wife Janet, son William and daughters Wendy and Sarah. Funeral arrangements are yet to be made.

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