The annual Turner Sports Car Rally was
held at Bantock Park, Wolverhampton on Sunday 18th August,
2013; a lovely summer's day. For the ninth year in
succession a fine line-up of Turner sports cars appeared
in front of the house. The cars were the last in the
line of production cars made in the City.
In the 20th century vast numbers of
cars were produced in Wolverhampton, in an industry
employing thousands of people. The once-familiar
manufacturers included A.J.S., Clyno, Star, and Sunbeam,
and a host of component suppliers. The Turner sports
cars were manufactured at Pendeford by Turner Sports
Cars (Wolverhampton) Limited, named after the founder of
the company, the late Jack Turner.
This year's rally was a great
success. Throughout the day a steady stream of visitors
admired the cars and learned about Jack Turner's
company, and many racing competition successes, thanks
to Brian Shaw's excellent indoor display and film show.
A good selection of the sports cars
could be seen, ranging from Ken Robbins' earlier 950S
from 1959 to Brian Shaw's later Mark III from 1966.
Owners came from as far afield as Burgess Hill, and
Milton Keynes. Sadly Russell Filby, the Turner
Registrar, had to abandon his journey to the event
because of a leaking hose.
One of the highlights was John
Cullis's recently restored Turner MKII from 1962, at one
of its first rallies.
The cars and their owners are as
Brian Shaw's Turner MKIII from 1966.
John Cullis's Turner MKII from 1962.
Ken Robbins' Turner 950S from 1955.
John Cullis's Turner MKIII from 1964.
Roy Beasley's Turner MKI from 1960.
Nigel Taylor's Turner MKI from 1960.
Ron Taylor's Turner MKII.
Derek Bentley's Turner MKI from 1960.
The line-up of cars in front of the
Some of the visitors inspect the cars.
A dynasty of Turner sports cars.
Another view of the cars outside
Some of the many visitors enjoying
Brian Shaw's indoor display.
Another view of the display.
Interested visitors admiring the cars.
Ken Robbins was on hand to answer
Visitors admire Ken Robbins
Bantock café had a busy day.
Another view of visitors enjoying
|Visitors to the event included Malcolm Hill
whose family ran Hills Fibreglass Developments at
Wednesfield. Amongst other things, the company
produced many fibreglass car bodies. The visitors
also enjoyed the excellent café, and the attractions
in the house.
As usual thanks must go to Brian
Shaw who organised a most enjoyable event.