When you can say that the two main highlights of your career are winning Le Mans and handing over a state limousine to the Queen, you can safely say you’ve had a good innings. But South African Brian Gush has achieved a great deal more over his 32 years in the automotive industry.

His early career was with Volkswagen SA, but the big move came in 1999 when he moved to Bentley in the UK to become head of chassis and powertrain development. It was the early days of Volkswagen’s ownership of the luxury marque and Gush was instrumental in the reconfiguring of the brand...

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