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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.

Keith said:

"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 Board said:

"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

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