The annual Turner Wolverhampton Reunion was held at Bantock Park on Sunday, 18th August, 2019. As usual it was organised by Brian Shaw to celebrate Wolverhampton's last production car manufacturer. It is the only annual event in the city that celebrates the once-important local vehicle manufacturing industry, that in its heyday employed many thousands of people.

Turner Sports Cars (Wolverhampton) Limited was founded by the late Jack Turner, who initially worked as a sports car specialist at the Old Smithy in Seisdon, before manufacturing his own cars. Production of the sports cars began in a small factory in Merridale Street, Wolverhampton, in 1955 and soon moved to a larger building at Wolverhampton's Municipal Airport at Pendeford, where several models were produced.

Manufacturing continued until March 1966 when the company ceased operating. Between 650 and 700 Turner sports cars were built.

The cars at the event were as follows:

Owner Model Year Registration No.
Ken Robbins 950S BMC 1959 9 NPC
Derek Bentley Mk 1 BMC 1960 2 RTD
Stephen Sage MKII BMC 1962 6415 YG
Brian Shaw MKIII Ford, 1500cc. 1966 GOK 444D

Brian Shaw also had a display in part of the tractor shed, behind the house, that described the history of the sports cars. As usual he was ably assisted by ex-Turner employee, Ken Robbins.

Bantock Park was an ideal venue for the event. The park and house are always worth a visit and excellent refreshments are available in the cafĂ©.

The Turner Sports Car Register has a website at:

The Cars:

Visitors admiring the Turner sports cars at the front of Bantock House.

Derek Bentley's Turner MK 1.

Ken Robbin's Turner 950S.

Stephen Sage's Turner MK II.

Brian Shaw's Turner MK III.

The MK 1 Turner and the 950S.

Another view of Brian Shaw's Turner MK III.

Derek Bentley's car at the end of the event.

Part of Brian Shaw's excellent display.

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