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JCT600 founder Jack Tordoff escapes with 'minor injuries' from overturned Porsche

Jack Tordoff, chairman, JCT600  left, is inducted to the AM Hall of Fame, collecting the award  from Katie Rugen, UK automotive sales team lead, Shell UK

JCT600 founder Jack Tordoff escaped with minor injuries after his Porsche Macan SUV overturned in a road traffic incident.

The 83-year-old founder of the AM100 retail group was involved in the incident at Apperley Bridge, near Bradford, on Monday afternoon, according to a report in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper.

Witnesses told the newspaper that they saw the premium 4x4 clip a bollard and overturn as it left a car park.

A spokesperson for JCT600 confirmed that Tordoff had been involved in a car accident in Apperley Bridge on Monday afternoon, adding: “Only Mr Tordoff’s vehicle was involved and, fortunately, he only sustained minor injuries."

Tordoff, who attracted a standing ovation from guests at the AM Awards 2018 when he received his Hall of Fame induction at the ICC in Birmingham in February, started his automotive career in the family garage as an apprentice at 15, shortly after the death of his father.

Tordoff took a break from the business to complete his National Service. He thrived in the Army and was encouraged to stay, but he honoured a promise to his mother that he would return to the garage, expanding its remit into car sales.

Today JCT600 is Yorkshire’s largest private company and ranks in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For, with a £1.2 billion turnover, 50 dealerships and 2,200 staff.

In an eventful career, Tordoff has also won acclaim as an amateur rally driver, culminating in a win at the Circuit of Ireland international rally.

At around the same time, he bought a used Mercedes-Benz 600 with a registration plate bearing his initials – JCT 600 – and a business brand was born

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