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John Clark was born in Edinburgh in 1947. He grew up close to the Edinburgh base of the Le Mans winning Ecurie Ecosse, making him familiar with famous drivers such as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, plus Le Mans winners Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson. At 17, John joined Ford on a management training scheme, later joining the Ford dealership, Meadowfield garage. His ambition to develop his own business ideas drove him to work with the legendary Paddy Hopkirk accessory business, later moving to Sports Tune Distributors in Edinburgh. John then joined with motorsport contemporary Willie Crawford, developing a business specialising in the sale of used sports cars, called Lothian Sports Cars. Success with LSC brought expansion, moving to new premises in Meadowbank and acquiring franchises for Reliance Scimitar GTE and Lotus products.
By 1970, Aston Martin had also been added. In 1972, Lothian Sports Cars opened in Aberdeen’s Broomhill Road, with John becoming sole owner at this location. With BMW’s franchise for Grampian on board, John Clark Specialist Cars opened its doors in 1977. With a small but dedicated workforce, John built the business up from selling just 6 new cars in the first year, to over 100 in the second, and 200 in the third. In 1982, the business moved to a state of the art premises with separate body shop and PDI centre.
At a similar time, noticing the demand in the market for small lifestyle 4x4 vehicles, a separate business was opened under the name of Tower Garage. By 1986, John had begun his expansion out of Aberdeen with the acquisition of the BMW car and motorcycle franchises for Dundee and Tayside . This is also when the business started to develop its now long standing relationship with the Volkswagen Group, taking on both Volkswagen and Audi under the banner of Specialist Cars in the centre of Aberdeen. In 1988, Mitsubishi and Suzuki were added, along with Skoda, operating out of a full services dealership in Cults, Aberdeen. In 1994, expansio
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