|[03 APR 00] MUSEUM
OF BRITISH ROAD TRANSPORT PRESS RELEASE
Lands End to John O'Groats Run
Coventry Freeman Keith Jackson will be commencing the first leg of
his Land's End to John O'Groats Run from the Museum of British Road Transport in Coventry
on Monday 3 April.
Keith who was born in Cheylesmore in 1938, became an
apprentice at East Midlands Electricity Board and was later made a Freeman of the City,
promising to defend Cook Street Gate.
Having been made a Director of the East Midlands
Electricity Board in 1989 (apprentice boy to Director in 35 years!) Keith is now indulging
in a little nostalgia.
Having lived and worked in Coventry in the 40s and 50s
Keith has fond memories of the city and the car industry. He is now the proud owner of a
Triumph TR3A built on the night shift at Canley on Tuesday 7 July 1959, just as Keith
finished his training aged 21.
The car took part in the 1977 Jubilee Run from John
O'Groats to Land's End. Together with its new owner it will now do it all over again, in
the opposite direction.
The first stage of the journey down to Land's End will
start from the Museum, and Keith, with schoolboy pal David Eley, will take the opportunity
to look around the Museum before starting on their way.
"The Museum is a very important part of the idea for
this Run. I had just finished my training in Coventry when the car was coming off the
production line. The late 50s was one of the most creative and prolific periods in motor
manufacture and an exciting time to be in Coventry.
"I have not seen the outstanding collection at the
Museum and I am looking forward to it tremendously. I cannot think of a more fitting place
to begin this historic re-run which this car first did in 1977"
Councillor Arthur Waugh, Chairman of the Museum Advisory
"The TR3 was one of my favourite cars, we are
delighted that Keith has chosen to start his Run from the Museum and has such fond
memories of the motor industry in Coventry.
"In fact our new exhibitions opening at Easter will
focus on the 1950s, 60s and 70s which Keith remembers so fondly. Perhaps he will call in
again to see them on his journey back home!"
MORE INFORMATION: Lucy Watkins
024 76 832425