The 7th annual Wolverhampton Turner
Sports Car Rally was held at Bantock Park on a beautiful
summer’s day. As usual the event took place on the third
Sunday in August, and was greatly enjoyed by the many
visitors to the house and grounds. The line-up of cars was a
spectacular sight in front to the house, and reminded us of
the once-important local car manufacturing industry, which
at its height employed thousands of people, and produced
high quality products that were known throughout much of the
world. Turner sports cars were the last cars produced in
Wolverhampton, and so marked the end of an era.
Some of the cars on display in front of
|This year’s rally was the first to be held at
Bantock since the death of the company’s founder, Jack
Turner, who sadly died on the 7th March at the age of
94. The cars have faired well in preservation. Out of
the 650 to 700 Turner sports cars produced, over 300 are
known to survive, in various states of preservation. The
cars came from far and wide to the event, which is the
only annual Wolverhampton vehicle rally that is
exclusively for locally made cars.
Another view of the Turner line-up.
A newcomer to the event was Mike
Anthony who came along with his Bardon-Turner racing
car. The car was built in 1948, and based on a Marwyn
car kit, which at the time could be purchased for just
£200. Unfortunately the early Marwyn cars had a high
centre of gravity and proved to be unstable. This
particular one crashed on a test run, but luckily Jack
Turner came to the rescue. During the winter of 1949/50
he rebuilt the car and added the smaller alloy wheels,
which it still has today. The car has since been
modified, but in the 1980s it was returned to its 1950
form. It still has some of the original parts that were
fitted by Jack Turner.
Also at the rally was John Cullis's
Mk III Ford, which has been totally rebuilt, including a
number of modifications,
since last year’s event.
Mike Anthony's Bardon-Turner special.
|The cars and their owners were as follows:
||Mk III Ford,
|Thanks must go to Brian Shaw who organised the
event, and as usual put on an excellent indoor display
and slide show.
The 2012 Turner Sports
Car Rally will be held at Bantock Park on Sunday 19th August.
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