Arnold Clark Automobiles

Sir John Arnold Clark is one of the most successful businessmen in Scotland, ranked 10th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2005 for Scotland. He is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Arnold Clark motor group, which has received the Automotive Management Retailer of the Year award for two years running, in both 2012 and 2013.[1]

Arnold Clark Automobiles

Clark started buying and selling other cars, and opened his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgow's Park Road.[2] After gaining his first retail franchise for Morris in 1959, expansion continued with the purchase of existing sites and rivals in and around the Glasgow area.

Arnold Clark Automobiles is now Scotland's largest car dealership, with over 200[3] new and used car dealerships spread throughout Great Britain. The company sells over 200,000 cars per year, employs 8,000 people, and has an annual turnover of over £2.2 billion,[4] involved in:

  • Servicing & Repairs
  • Parts & Accessories
  • Accident Repairs
  • Car & Van Rental
  • Car, Home & Travel Insurance

Arnold Clark currently has 20 new car franchises and the company is set to continue its strategy of acquisition, expansion and investment in the community and economy via job creation and training.

  • Vauxhall
  • Ford
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Seat
  • Nissan
  • Citroën
  • Fiat
  • Renault
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Volvo
  • Mazda
  • Kia
  • Skoda
  • Chevrolet
  • Jeep
  • BMW (Harry Fairbairn)
  • Mini (Harry Fairbairn)
  • Mercedes-Benz (John R. Weir)[5]

In 2003 Clark was knighted for services to the motor industry and for his community work in Scotland.[6]


A new custom built conference centre, GTG Training, was officially opened on the regenerated Clydeside area of Glasgow. The 61,000 sq ft (5,700 m2) centre is split into two dedicated sections; the fully operational transport division caters for every aspect in automotive training whilst the IT and business skills division provides a range of business skill training courses and a conference area.

Drum - the world famous racing yacht

Aside from his motor interests, Clark can often be found sailing on his yacht, Drum. Drum, was originally owned by Simon Le Bon of the band Duran Duran and finished third (line honours) in the 1985-86 Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race), a not inconsiderable feat considering her keel loss and capsize in the 1985 Fastnet Race just weeks before the Whitbread start.

Drum now plies the River Clyde during the summer months on a busy corporate entertainment schedule. Additionally, Drum is often used for charity work and to date, has raised in excess of £1 million. Clark has loaned the yacht to numerous organisations and regularly offers exclusive sailing packages as auction and raffle prizes. In the spring of 2007 a £250,000 refit was completed on Drum.


External links

  • Arnold Clark Vehicle Management
  • World famous racing yacht Drum
  • Arnold Clark Rental
  • Arnold Clark Mazda
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