Turners Motor Group marks 50th year

Glen, Pauline and Ian Turnerat Hyundai Bury St Edmunds  with a Ford Cortina mark one like the car Pauline won in 1963  ANL-150323-115458001
Glen, Pauline and Ian Turnerat Hyundai Bury St Edmunds with a Ford Cortina mark one like the car Pauline won in 1963 ANL-150323-115458001

Turners Motor Group is marking 50 years since it was founded partly thanks to a Kellog’s Cornflakes competition.

The business was begun by husband and wife, John and Pauline Turner, who dreamt of running a business together.

Pauline Turner picking up her prize car in 1963 from Mann Egerton in Ipswich with Ian and husband John holding Glen ANL-150323-115512001

Pauline Turner picking up her prize car in 1963 from Mann Egerton in Ipswich with Ian and husband John holding Glen ANL-150323-115512001

The idea for a business involving cars, came after Pauline won a competition on the back of a cornflake packet in 1963, where the prize was a brand new Ford Cortina.

After picking up her new car from the Mann Egerton garage in Ipswich, and enjoying 18 months of happy motoring, an opportunity came up to purchase an old bacon curing factory on the High Street in Needham Market.

The Turners sold the car and, together with the money they had from selling their house in Stowmarket, bought the site and set about converting the building into a garage.

In the early 1980s, after John had a heart attack, sons Ian and Glen took over the day-to-day running of the Group. John Turner died in September 2012, but the business remains a family affair.

Pauline Turner said: “I am so proud of how Turners has grown under the care of Ian and Glen.

“John would be so pleased that our boys have kept at the heart of the business our values and ethos around maintaining the highest standards of customer service and treating everyone who works for Turners as members of the family.”