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R.I.P. Roger Becker

Discussion in 'British' started by Bill Sawyer, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. Bill Sawyer

    Bill Sawyer Formula 3

    Feb 26, 2002
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    Roger Becker, formerly of Lotus, died this morning. Becker was the chassis genius responsible for the unique Lotus handling characteristics. Danny Behar--the former head of Lotus who nearly destroyed the brand--fired Roger and then named a special edition of the Exige after him as a tribute!

    Becker was a close friend of my brother Chris, former Communications Director of Lotus USA. Luckily Roger passed his expertise on to his son, and the Becker Magic is now evident in every new Aston Martin, where his son went to work after leaving Lotus.

    May he rest in peace.
     
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  3. GuyIncognito

    GuyIncognito Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    sad news.

    odd coincidence, I was thinking about Danny Behar yesterday. one of the great con artist "leaders" of all time.
     
  4. hyenahf

    hyenahf F1 Rookie

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    RIP... I still recall how excited i was as a kid when he was behind the wheel of a submersible bond esprit.
     
  5. Lotaz

    Lotaz Formula 3

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    I as well!
     
  6. Flash G

    Flash G Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Bahar "retiring" Becker was nearly the death of Lotus.

    Bahar thought he was going to take on Ferrari and Aston Martin without Ferrari and Aston Martin money. What a crime.

    RIP, Roger.
     
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  8. hyenahf

    hyenahf F1 Rookie

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    yes you saw that coming from a country mile. everytime they try to move upmarket they dig a grave a little deeper for themselves. but thats what happens when u get a fast talking gent in a slick suit... they seemingly convince themselves they are right.

    life is often simple "do what you know"... which is building narrowly focus lightweight hardcore drivers cars. leave the lavish GTs to ferrari and porsche
     
  9. Aedo

    Aedo F1 Rookie

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    Rogers enthusiastic driving of that Esprit in Sardinia cemented Lotus in the minds of a generation or two!! He will be missed :(
     
  10. David Lind

    David Lind Formula 3

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    I met him when I toured the factory in January, 1978, and I found him to be quite a regular chap. Rest in peace.
     
  11. afterburner

    afterburner Formula 3
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    Thank you for sharing.
     
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  13. LOTUS1

    LOTUS1 Karting

    Jul 28, 2005
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    Great man and in reality, he was Mr. Lotus. I've had the privilege of working with him and his son Matt and both embody what Lotus really is. He'll be sorely missed
     
  14. boxerman

    boxerman F1 World Champ
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    I have an elise, and exige V6 so a car developed by each Becker.

    I am sure astons will benefit greatly.
     
  15. rdefabri

    rdefabri Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Way too young - RIP! :(
     

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