From Cortinas to Kugas: Kevin Turner's 50 Years of Service at Lookers
3rd September 2014
Last Wednesday (27
th August), Lookers Ford in Braintree held an event to pay tribute to one of its most loyal and valued employees. Last month, Kevin Turner completed exactly 50 years of service with the company, bringing an end to a career of unfailing expertise and hard work.
For Kevin, working with cars was as much a vocation as a mere source of income. Long before he left school, he would pester the manager of the Ford dealership in Braintree to take him on as a mechanic. When he finally started work on 17
th August 1964, he was still 15 years of age. The Ford models he cut his teeth on included a number of models now regarded as classics, such as the Cortina (Britain's best-selling car for long periods throughout the 1960s and 1970s), the Anglia 105E, and its replacement the Mark 1 Escort.
Already possessed of vast reserves of knowledge and enthusiasm, it is little surprise that Kevin was and is a committed driver himself, competing in autocross events in his Ford Anglia almost as soon as he was able to drive. The Anglia would later be swapped for a Lotus Cortina, the high-performance model of its day, which was regularly tested to its limits in the hands of its driver!
In the meantime, Kevin was becoming an integral part of the servicing team at Braintree, known for his work ethic and willingness to help with urgent tasks when needed. He recounts instances where he and a colleague worked all weekend reshelling damaged Escorts, so that they could be repainted on Monday morning. “In the years I have worked with him", remarked a manager at last Wednesday's event, “he has never said no and will always do exactly what has been asked".
The celebration of Kevin's loyal service and essential contribution to Lookers Ford was attended by his wife Mel and his children, as well as senior managers at the company including Nigel McMinn and Bob Grant. Following a speech honouring Kevin's long career and his contribution he has made to Lookers as a friend and mentor to innumerable colleagues over the years, Nigel presented him with a framed letter of thanks and the surprise present of a new laptop computer.
Lookers are greatly indebted to Kevin Turner for his half-century of steadfast work, and wish him the greatest happiness as he begins his richly deserved retirement.