He was the champion navigator for the debutant two years of the British Rally Championship, a celebrated automotive journalist and even the man that helped spawn the iconic Cosworth-badged Ford road cars into existence, and we’re proud to confirm that motorsport guru Stuart Turner’s presence will grace the 2018 instalment of Rallyday, held at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday, 22 September.
Breaking into the motorsport industry by co-driving in factory cars for the likes of Austin Healey, Auto Union, Alfa Romeo, MG , Mercedes, Saab and Triumph, competing in major events like the Mille Miglia and the Monte Carlo, Alpine, Liege and Tulip rallies in the process, Turner went on to win the 1960 RAC Rally with Erik Carlsson.
Turner soon took to the world of journalism, becoming Sports Editor of Motoring News magazine where he created the MN Rally Championship, before taking up the role as Competitions Manager at BMC during the glory days of the Mini Cooper wins on Monte Carlo Rallies.
He then spent two years as Publicity Manager at Castrol where he began the firm’s motor club support programme, followed by a stint as Competitions Manager at Ford of Britain when the Escort was supreme, also ran the Advanced Vehicle Operations factory that produced the likes of Escort Mexicos and RS2000s.
After a spell as Director of Public Affairs for Ford of Britain, Turner moved back into the sport as Director of Motorsport for Ford of Europe where he developed the Sierra Cosworth, RS200 and Escort Cosworth – quite an achievement to place under your belt before retirement!
Stuart was awarded an Autosport Award in 1990 and the Prince Michael Award of Merit in 2009, both for services to motorsport. He is also the author of over 20 books on business and motorsport, including a biography of Pat Moss Carlsson, Harnessing Horsepower. He has also written a Haynes Manual – not on Minis or Escorts, but on retirement, although he shows little signs of doing so himself as he gets many invitations to speak, usually to raise money for charities around the globe.
Undoubtedly one of the most knowledgeable faces in the world of rallying, Turner will share his eclectic experience of the sport when talking on the Interview Stage at Rallyday.
Tickets for Rallyday are still on sale! Click here for advance tickets priced at £18 per adult (£25 on the gate). Under-17s, accompanied by an adult, get in for free.