Tag: Donald Stokes

Essay : Overture to the Allegro

Essay : Overture to the Allegro

On the eve of its 40th birthday, Ian Nicholls digs into the archives to discuss the Austin Allegro from the perspectives of British Leyland’s movers and shakers at the time Britain in May 1973 was a different country to what it is now. This was a world where the most desirable consumer item was a […]

Essays : Leyland Bus – the declining years

Essays : Leyland Bus – the declining years

It’s 20 years since Volvo delivered three killer blows to our motoring industry: 1992 saw the end of Leyland Lynx and Tiger production with total closure being announced for the following year. Mike Humble takes a look at the declining years of Leyland Bus. Recession of an Empire Moving fast, in a fast moving world Looking […]

People : Lord Stokes

Lord Stokes: He was up against it from day one when British Leyland was formed in 1968… As is revealed in this interview by Eduard Steiner, which appeared in Auto Motor Und Sport in 1970, it didn’t lessen the man’s optimism for the future, or his pleasure at becoming a Lord. Stokes said he was […]

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People : Lord Stokes interview

People : Lord Stokes interview

Autocar, 26 July 1973 Lord Stokes Speaks What I Plan For Triumph In an interview with Graham Robson, Lord Stokes laid bare his plans for sports car motoring at Triumph, and went on to make several provocative remarks about motor sport, new legislation and the future for sports cars in general. Graham Robson – The […]

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The cars : Austin Allegro development history

The cars : Austin Allegro development history

What’s left to be said about the Allegro – it never met sales predictions, earned a terrible reputation in the press and with buyers, and its fame far exceeded its influence in the automotive industry. British Leyland threw everything into making it a success, and yet failed dismally… Goodbye market share WHAT is so very […]

Essay : Lord Stokes, the case for the defence

Ian Nicholls looks into the policies of the man everyone loves to hate – Donald Stokes. The argument is – was he the villain that history has painted him since the end of his tenure at BL, or was he simply a victim of cruel circumstance? WHEN seeking an explanation for the collapse of the […]

British Leyland in The Times : Part Two

Ian Nicholls Some time ago I wrote a blog detailing how I was using The Times Online archive service to research the history of British Leyland from 1968 to 1985. I have now extended my research back to 1959. By going back to 1959, I was able to examine some of the major news stories as […]

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Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE INDEPENDENT Lord Stokes: Tough industrialist unfairly blamed for the failure of Leyland’s merger with the British Motor Corporation Donald Stokes was chairman of the ill-fated British Leyland Motor Corporation from 1968 to 1975. He was unfairly blamed for the inevitable failure of the government-inspired attempt to bring together all the major British-owned motor companies […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Lord Stokes: former president of British Leyland Keith Adams and Clive Goldthorp ‘I was not and I have never pretended to be a manufacturing expert, ever. I have no pretensions as to that.’ This quote is all the more curious when one considers that it is attributed to Lord Stokes, the man charged by the […]

Obituary : Lord Stokes

Obituary : Lord Stokes

THE TIMES As chairman and managing director of the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) from its creation in 1968 from the merger with British Motor Holdings and the Leyland Motor Corporation until its demise in a government reorganisation in 1975, Lord Stokes was faced with the intractable task of bringing some shape and order to […]

Archive : Stokes on Issigonis

Archive : Stokes on Issigonis

THE GUARDIAN Lord Stokes writes about the late Sir Alec Issigonis: Alec Issigonis was a very charming and persuasive person, and a brilliant innovative engineer with a considerable capacity for lateral thinking. But he could be obstinate, as both Leonard Lord and George Harriman found with the Morris 1000 and the Mini. He always struck […]

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Archive : It’s A Deal, Says Stokes

Archive : It’s A Deal, Says Stokes

DAILY MIRROR British Leyland chiefs yesterday accepted the Ryder plan for a Government takeover of the ailing car empire. But they hope to improve the 10p-a-share Government offer. Leyland chairman Lord Stokes told of the decision , in a letter to shareholders. He took a knock at some parts of the report by Sir Don […]

Archive : Face To Face With The Man In The Hot Seat

Archive : Face To Face With The Man In The Hot Seat

DAILY MIRROR The Government’s industrial adviser, Sir Don Ryder, and his team of experts are due to report this week on the future of the troubled motor giant, British Leyland. In advance of that report the company’s chairman, Lord Stokes, gave Mirror City Editor Robert Head this exclusive interview. The shadow of the sack hangs […]

Archive : Leyland will not wind itself up, Lord Stokes tells angry meeting

Archive : Leyland will not wind itself up, Lord Stokes tells angry meeting

By Anthony Rowley Business News Staff Some form of government participation in companies the size of British Leyland was inevitable, Lord Stokes, the motor group’s chairman, told a stormy annual meeting of shareholders in London yesterday. But he emphasized that while Leyland was awaiting the Ryder report on the corporation, commissioned by the Government, the […]

By February 18, 1975 0 Comments Read More →
Archive : Stokes – we’re not bust

Archive : Stokes – we’re not bust

DAILY EXPRESS STOKES: WE’RE NOT BUST By John Hampshire Lord Stokes, 60-year-old chief of cash starved British Leyland, flew back from Cairo last night with a £50 million contract in his pocket and declared defiantly: “This company is not bust, we are going to go on. We are merely in a cyclical decline and we […]

By December 8, 1974 0 Comments Read More →
Archive : Lord Stokes open up to the media

Archive : Lord Stokes open up to the media

On the eve of the London Motor Show Lord Stokes tells the media: “We are still a bloody good country with some bloody good engineers’… I do not understand what has become an almost hypnotic death wish in this country. Speculation, not only about our company but many others equally important to the national economy, […]

By October 15, 1974 0 Comments Read More →
Archive : Stokes denial of government aid

Archive : Stokes denial of government aid

Talks of Government aid for British Leyland was “foolish chatter”, Lord Stokes, the chairman, said yesterday. “We have neither sought nor been offered any monies from the Government other than normal regional grants. Conjecture of this sort is entirely hypothetical and, frankly, is just foolish chatter which unfortunately tends to create unnecessary anxieties among our […]

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Archive : What I plan for Triumph, by Lord Stokes

Archive : What I plan for Triumph, by Lord Stokes

AUTOCAR Lord Stokes Speaks What I Plan For Triumph In an interview with Graham Robson, Lord Stokes laid bare his plans for sports car motoring at Triumph, and went on to make several provocative remarks about motor sport, new legislation and the future for sports cars in general. Graham Robson: The future of sports car […]

Archive : Five years in the driving seat at BLMC

Archive : Five years in the driving seat at BLMC

Lord Stokes looks at British Leyland in an interview with Andrew Goodrick-Clarke Five controversial years after Leyland and the troubled British Motor Holdings were put together to form British Leyland Motor Corporation the merged company is still intact. Moreover, remarkable as it would have seemed in 1970 when the group went through its blackest period, […]

Archive : My stake in your tomorrow, by Lord Stokes

Archive : My stake in your tomorrow, by Lord Stokes

DAILY EXPRESS MY STAKE IN YOUR TOMORROW By Lord Stokes As a massive act of faith In Britain, Lord Stokes yesterday committed himself to the biggest Industrial expansion programme in the history of the British motor Industry, in an exclusive Interview, before revealing his plans at a glittering fifth birthday luncheon for British Leyland Motor […]