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Sir Arnold Clark is one of the wealthiest businessmen in Scotland, ranked 10th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2005 for Scotland.

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Biography

Born in Glasgow, Clark joined the Royal Air Force aged 17. Raising through the ranks as he was educated, Clark became an Non-commissioned officer Motor Mechanics Instructor.[1]

After leaving the RAF in the early 1950's, unable to gain employment Clark purchased a Morris Ten-Four for £70, and after restoring it sold it for a profit. He then started buying and selling other cars, and opened his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgow's Park Road.[2]

Sir Arnold recently sent his scouts out to look for his very first car sold, his Morris-Ten-Four, which is now on display at Machargs, Glasgow; and is the only car that is on show and not for sale.

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 145 new and used car dealerships spread throughout Great Britain. The company sells over 200,000 cars per year and has an annual turnover of over £2.2 billion.

Whilst most people are aware of the car sales function of the company, Arnold Clark Automobiles also covers the entire motoring spectrum, employing a staff of over 7500 throughout the company's various departments, such as;

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

Drum - the world famous racing yacht

Aside from his motor interests, Clark also owns the world famous racing yacht Drum. This yacht was originally owned by Simon Le Bon of the band Duran Duran and finished third (line honours) in the 1985/6 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.

The yacht 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 £1million. 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.

References

  1. ^ "About Us". Arnold Clark Finance. http://www.arnoldclarkfinance.co.uk/index.php/about/history. Retrieved 2009-07-05.  
  2. ^ "About Us". ArnoldClark.com. http://www.arnoldclark.com/about/company/history.html. Retrieved 2009-07-05.  

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