Wednesday 5th January 2000
Trevers Walkett, one of four brothers ((Bob, Ivor, and Douglas) who formed Ginetta Cars in 1958 in Woodbridge, Suffolk (England), died aged 76. Ginetta’s first product, the Fairlight, was a glass-fibre body shell priced at £49 for fitting to a Ford 8 or 10 hp chassis. The first car, not destined for production, which subsequently became known as the Ginetta G1, was based on a pre-war Wolseley Hornet six. The four Walklett brothers each had their areas of expertise. Bob was the Managing Director, Douglas was mechanical engineer and electrics, Ivor the designer and Trevers was styler working closely with Ivor. From their original base, the company moved to Witham, Essex, in 1962, and between 1972 and 1974 operated from larger premises in Ballingdon Street adjacent to the railway bridge Sudbury, Suffolk, before returning to Witham. In 1988, the Walklett brothers needed bigger premises and so moved the company to Scunthorpe where they could expand. On 7th November 1989 the Walklett’s sold Ginetta to an international group of enthusiasts, based in Sheffield and run by managing director Martin Phaff. Ginetta were in a strong financial position and the Walklett’s went on to retire. Under the new managing director, Martin Phaff the company went on to produce the Ginetta G20 and the Ginetta G33. Unfortunately, it was during this time that the company hit troubled times.