The 19th September, 2018
was a day to remember thanks to the annual Turner
Wolverhampton Reunion at Bantock Park. A line-up of seven
Turner sports cars could be seen along the front of Bantock
House. The event celebrates Wolverhampton’s last car
manufacturer, Turner Sports Cars (Wolverhampton) Limited
which was founded by Jack Turner.
Jack started working on
sports cars and racing cars at the Old Smithy in Seisdon and
later moved to a factory in Merridale Street, where
production of the sports cars began. The business soon
expanded and moved to a larger factory on the site of
Wolverhampton's Municipal Airport at Pendeford. The venture
was a great success, between 650 and 700 Turner sports cars
were built. Sadly, Jack suffered from ill health in the
latter part of 1965 and so decided to retire. The business
closed in 1966 when production ended.
Many of the cars survive
and are well looked-after by their proud owners who keep in
contact thanks to the Turner Register. They help to keep the
Turner name alive. The Turner Wolverhampton Reunion is
organised by Brian Shaw who brought his own car along and
also had an indoor display showing all aspects of the cars
from their manufacture to their sporting achievements. Brian
was ably assisted by ex-Turner employee, Ken Robbins who
also had his own car on display.
The event was held at an
ideal venue. Bantock Park and the house are always worth a
visit, and refreshments were on hand at the café. As usual
it was an excellent event and the cars were of great
interest to many of the visitors.
The cars were as follows:
||Mk 1 BMC