In Reply to: Turner Feature in Total Kit Car Magazine posted by Russell Filby on March 08, 2008 at 09:12:05:
I purchased my copy of Total Kit Car today which includes a feature on Turner Sports Cars.
I feel I must however express my surprise and great disappointment at the inclusion of the German 'Turner GTO' car in the same feature and state publically that The German company who produced the 'Turner GTO' have absolutely no connection whatsoever to Jack Turners original 'Turner Sports Cars (Wolverhampton) Ltd
Since Jack Turner and I became aware of the German companies claims on the identity of the original company in late 2007 , We have actively campaigned for their co-operation in removing the Turner emblem and any association they claim with the original company.
Further to this the Turner Emblem and original company name (Turner Sports Cars Wolverhampton Ltd )are the Intellectual property of and Trade marked by the Turner register on behalf of the company founder Mr J.H Turner.
I understand In February 2008 Ford Motor Company in Cologne threatened legal action against the manufacturer of the 'Turner GTO' over the similarities to their own Trademarked products , and thus forcing them to rename the car and company.
Further to this the German manufacturer have since agreed with the objections raised by both myself and Mr J. H Turner , and have now removed the Trademarked Turner emblem and stated in their publicity material and on their website
QUOTE:- The original company TURNER and the modern JIM TURNER Sportwagen Manufaktur, Part of Credere GmbH are independent companies
The German GTO is now to be marketed as the 'JIM TURNER GTO' and the company name , website address etc have all this month been changed to reflect this. They have also moved their website domain to www.jim-turner-sportcars.com
After all the hard work by the Turner register to distance Jack Turners original company and history from that of the German company who sought to 'Claim' it , I am sure all can understand my great disappointment at the inclusion of the 'Turner GTO' car in the same feature as our Turner Sports Cars in the March/April 2008 issue of Total Kit Car, Especially with my name on the same page !!
I have requested Total Kit Car state this information and clarify to readers that the The original company 'Turner Sports Cars(Wolverhampton) Ltd and the modern JIM TURNER Sportwagen Manufaktur, Part of Credere GmbH are independent companies with NO historical connections. and further that 'Turner Sports Cars (Wolverhampton) Ltd , and the Emblem are a registered trademark held by Mr J.H Turner and the Turner register.
On a more positive note the main article is Incredibly detailed and accurate as we have come to expect from Martyn Morgan Jones and a great tribute to Jack Turner , His cars and his work , but sadly , for me personally this feature has been spoilt by the pictures of the 'GTO' car and the 'Another Start' paragraph combined in the article.
You will find more on the challenge from Ford Germany by doing a Google search on JIM TURNER GTO or TURNER GTO.
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