In the first half of the 20th century, Wolverhampton prospered and grew because of its successful manufacturing industries, many of which were involved in the production of powered vehicles, either as a vehicle manufacturer, or as a supplier of components. Many thousands of people worked in the industry, which dominated much of the old town. The majority of the vehicles built in the Black Country were produced here, and the world's first motorist was driving daily, to and from work, in Wolverhampton, in 1884.

Sadly, most of the manufacturers disappeared as a result of the recession in the 1930s, but the industry didn't altogether disappear. In the 1950s, sports cars became fashionable, and so Swallow sports cars appeared in Walsall, and Turner Sports Cars went into production in Wolverhampton, followed by Frisky.

Jack Turner, who founded the Turner company, worked for several years as a sports car specialist at the Old Smithy in Seisdon, before deciding to manufacture his own cars. He began producing Turner sports cars in a small factory in Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, in 1955, but soon moved to a larger building at Wolverhampton's Municipal Airport at Pendeford, where several models were produced.

Manufacturing continued until March 1966 when Jack decided to call it a day, due to ill health. Between 1955 and the end of production, between 650 and 700 sports cars were built.

Every August the cars are remembered at the Turner Wolverhampton Reunion that is held at Bantock House, and organised by Brian Shaw. This is the only annual event held in Wolverhampton that celebrates the once important vehicle manufacturing industry. There were three Turner sports cars at the event, which was held on a fine sunny morning and afternoon. The event introduced Turner sports cars to some of the visitors, and was of great interest to others who were already familiar with the cars, which were as follows:

Owner Car type Year Registration No.
Derek Bentley Mk 1 BMC 1960 2 RTD
David Norsworthy Mk 1 Ford, 1600cc. 1960 9551 RE
Ken Robbins 950S BMC 1959 9 NPC

There was also Brian Shaw's excellent inside display telling the story of Jack Turner and his cars, including racing achievements, and a short film. As usual Bantock café provided meals and refreshments. It was an excellent day.
The Turner Sports Car Register has a website at:

The Cars:

The cars in front of the house.

Ken Robbins' Turner 950S from 1959.

Another view of Ken Robbins' Turner 950S.

Another view of Ken Robbins' car.

David Norsworthy's Mk 1 Turner from 1960.

Another view of David Norsworthy's Mk 1 Turner from 1960.

Derek Bentley's Turner Mk 1 from 1960.

Another view of Derek Bentley's Turner Mk 1 from 1960.

A final view of the cars.

Part of Brian Shaw's excellent display.

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