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Southern Triumph Services
Founded in the late 1980’s, Southern Triumph Services have established themselves as one of the market leaders in Triumph classic car restoration.
‘We started the same way as most businesses like ours’, says proprietor Mark Swingler,‘in rented sheds and in the garage at home, enthusiasm for the marque and a desire to carry out a superior standard of workmanship drove us onward and upward’.
‘I have always had a Triumph right from the age of 17 when I bought a Vitesse for £150 but I did what any self respecting budding restorer would do, I took it to bits! The car was really rotten, so it took a couple of years to put back together’.
‘I learnt a lot from my late father, Arthur Swingler, a very skilled and knowledgable engineer, about what to do and how to do it and now 20 years on , its still relevant today.’
‘At the age of 20, I left home in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, (and yes, you ARE right, that IS where the Triumph Sports Six Club are based) and moved to Bournemouth to go to college.
I studied a design course which gave a grounding in general engineering and workshop practices, technical draughting, with heavy concentration on the artistic side of design/development aesthetics and styling, ergonomics, anthropometrics, so as you could generally design or contribute greatly in the design of most general day to day things, but my real desire was CARS!
After the two years in Bournemouth I received encouragement from my late father to try to get into the motor vehicle design degree course at Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic which with over 1200 applicants in my particular year and only 30 spaces I thought I had no chance of getting on! But ……… you guessed it, ……I did!
Always having been interested in Saab cars because of their (at the time) revolutionary styling and wonderful safety record, I thought I was en-route to becoming a Saab stylist – but alas the course was not for me, I couldn’t leave the classics alone and my interest and capabilities were increasing and improving, and eventually left the course I think mainly due to a) the financial implications of being an incredibly poor student and, b) becoming more and more keen on the older cars rather than the new ones which I was to have been involved with designing.
After a variety of jobs in varying classic workshops I decided to move back to Bournemouth to set up Southern Triumph Services.