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Turner Sports Car rally turns heads at Bantock Park

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Vintage cars created in Wolverhampton drew in crowds of excited car enthusiasts at the Turner Sports Car rally.

Held at Bantock Park, visitors marvelled at the vast array of vehicles including some of the last 670 Turners made in the city and built by the late Jack Turner.

The rally was celebrating its fourteenth year on Sunday, and organisers said the 2018 event was a bigger hit with enthusiasts than in previous years.

Brian Shaw, who helped organise the event, said: "This year's event sparked a lot more interest than previous years and even people who lacked knowledge of the cars came to view them and learn more about the heritage of the cars.

Turner Sports Cars that were made in Wolverhampton will be at Bantock House/Park for their annual show

"I'd like to commend Bantock Hall once again for their hospitality and hosting our event for the fourteenth year.

"As always they were a great venue and very accommodating."

Welsh engineer Jack Turner, who died in 2011, began his legacy in his family home in South Staffordshire by creating a few bespoke chassis before moving to Merridale Street, Wolverhampton and opening his own factory in 1953.

Turner Sports Cars that were made in Wolverhampton will be at Bantock House/Park for their annual show

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Eventually, the race-car specialist moved to a final location of Pendeford Aerodrome in 1956 where car production continued until the doors closed for the final time in early 1966.

Nearly 700 of them rolled off the production line in Wolverhampton in the 1950s and 60s.

During their golden years of production, Turner's not only established themselves within the race-car industry, they also excelled in Motor Sport and racing competitions in the UK as well as overseas in the USA.

Turner Sports Cars that were made in Wolverhampton will be at Bantock House/Park for their annual show

The company was awarded the Team prize in 1958 and 1959 and secured a Class Championship win in the 1960 Autosport Championship as well as being known to nip at the heels of better known cars such as Lotus, MG and Healey.

The annual reunion gave visitors the chance to see the vehicles themselves and also see a display created by organiser Mr Shaw about the history of the local company.

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