“Ford did the thing in style. Every agent and distributor helped, pilot cars waited outside every city to guide Ford competitors, a full and wonderful service was available throughout—and that kind of service pays dividends”.—Not a description of some Stuart Turner organisation on a recent rally, but S. C. H. Davis writing in 1951 about the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally, won by Cristea and Zampfirescu in a Ford, from Athens, and the Coupe des Dames by Madame Marinovich and Mlle. Helle-Nice in a Matford, from TaIlinn.
Last month’s Around and About quotation, attributed to Ford Public Relations Director Stuart Turner (who was looking back on 1975 in the pages of Autocar) and describing his alleged affection for the XJ-S was accurately reported . . . but the words were those of Alec Parks, the Leyland Chief!
It seems the layout confused the gentleman who supplied the cutting while Mr. Turner who is now the Director of Ford Public Relations) says simply: “I like my job, and I’d like to keep it. Anyway, I find I get more pleasure from an RS2000, if you must know.”