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:

Owner Model Year Registration No.
Ray Jones MKII BMC 1961 PBF 570
Graham Oxley Turner GT9 1964 ETB 333B
Ken Robbins 950S BMC 1959 9 NPC
Derek Bentley Mk 1 BMC 1960 2 RTD
Stephen Sage MKII BMC 1962 6415 YG
Nigel Taylor     MKI BMC 1960 700 AOV
Brian Shaw MKIII Ford, 1500cc. 1966 GOK 444D

The Turner Sports Car Register has a website at:

The Cars:

The impressive line-up at the front of Bantock House.

Ray Jones' immaculate MK II Turner car.

Graham Oxley's Turner GT9.

Ken Robbin's Turner 950S.

Derek Bentley's Turner MK 1 from 1960.

Stephen Sage's Turner MK II.

Nigel Taylor's Turner MK 1.

The youngest car in the line-up, Brian Shaw's Turner MK III from 1966.

Another view of the cars alongside Bantock House.

The cars were admired by many of the visitors.

Ken Robbins, an ex-Turner employee, passes-on information about the company and its products.

A final view of the cars and some of the visitors who enjoyed looking at them.

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