Thanks to one man — Jack Henry Turner — Seisdon in Staffordshire became the unlikely centre for a successful, if somewhat short-lived, motor sport industry.
Born in Wales, Turner moved to the Old Smithy in Seisdon in the late 1940s where he looked after and tuned racing cars for a variety of wealthy owners. One of the most enthusiastic of these was John Webb, chairman of Stourbridge glassmaker Webb Corbett, who raced a ‘Turner’ (in fact a converted MG Magnette) for a number of years.
In 1953 Webb became a director of Turner Sports Cars Ltd. and the factory moved into Wolverhampton where larger premises had been found in which a new single-seater Formula 2 car could be designed and built. The car, which used a Lea Francis 1767cc engine, unfortunately suffered from poor reliability and it failed to finish in most of the races in which it took part.
Exactly HOW many cars have been made since the day dot?? No, we have no idea either! BUT here are 20 cars that have changed the world… and a few may come as a surprise!
Land Rover Defender
1. Land Rover Defender
For going anywhere
No matter where it goes, the Defender feels at home. On a farm, in the jungle, or outside a country pile with murdered pheasants in the back. It is – or rather, was – as advanced as a wellington boot, which is exactly what you’d wear while driving it.
Audi R10 TDI
2. Audi R10 TDI
For bringing diesel power to racing
When a top Audi exec first heard the R10 he thought something was terribly wrong. In fact its diesel engine was so quiet, the sound he heard was actually the tyres slapping the road. Like it or not, since its 2006 debut, only diesels have won Le Mans.