Life at Standard Triumph

Life at Standard Triumph
by Martin Longmore
Reproduced via ‘oldclassiccar’

It was 3rd, August 1969 and I was starting my first day’s work at Standard-Triumph Motor¬†Company in Coventry. Full of anticipation I parked my old¬†1951 Riley¬†and made my way to ‘Ivy¬†Cottage’, the reception area, and asked for Harold Knibbs, who was to become my manager. My¬†interview with Mr. Knibbs had gone far better than expected and I was duly given the job. He was an¬†affable gentleman of the old school, well dressed and very polite.

My father had worked at the company during WW2, and was a friend of long-standing with John¬†Bevington who, at that time, was Personnel Manager, or so I believe. They both enjoyed trout¬†fishing together and it was John Bevington who introduced Sir John Black to the sport. I remember¬†my father telling me that one day he had a telephone call from John Bevington, telling him to be¬†outside of the reception area at 11.00am where a car and driver would be waiting to take him to¬†Billy Lane’s fishing tackle shop, in Coventry. Once there he was to choose some good quality trout¬†fishing gear, creel, rods and flies etc, and the driver would pay for these items by cheque. The¬†fishing gear was for Sir John, as he was going to try his hand at the sport. John Bevington had¬†suggested my father choose the gear as he was an experienced fly fisherman. How Mr. Black got on¬†with his sport is unknown to me, but my father and I spent many happy hours together fishing with¬†John Bevington before, and for some time after, his retirement, until he decided in the early¬†seventies to migrate to New Zealand with his long time friend Ken Green and family. Ken had just¬†secured a position overseeing the distributorship in NZ. I continued corresponding with JB by letter¬†as he had known me since my birth, until his death in the late seventies.