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NEWS


for JCB engineer A JCB engineer who amassed a multi-million pound fortune, thanks to his interest in cars, has made a substantial bequest to a Staffordshire school. Bill Turnbull spent almost a decade working


at JCB as Chief Engineer, where he helped to develop the company’s first ever mini excavators. He retired in 1995 at the age of 65. When he died in 2019, aged 88, Bill left more


than £4.2 million in his will as a result of an investment he made over 50 years earlier in a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S – paying just £1500 for the car. He had been restoring the vehicle in secret in his home workshop ever since. Only 42 of the cars were ever produced at the factory in Molsheim, France. Bill had left instructions to his executors John Seddon and Clive Rollinson to make discretionary bequests from his huge estate. Now, in a nod to his lifelong interest in engineering, the JCB Academy has been given a total of £125,000 towards the construction of the automation and robotics centre. The new facility will be called the 'Bill Turnbull Suite' in his honour. JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “Bill was a remarkable and


talented engineer. This is a very fitting tribute to his lifelong devotion to engineering and will ensure his memory is kept alive for future generations following in his footsteps.”


Lasting legacy


Born in 1930, Bill came to live and work in the UK in 1960.


He bought the Bugatti Type 57S in May 1969 and it was finally sold at auction in London earlier this year for more than £4 million. Sadly, he did not live to see the completion of his restoration project, and some re-assembly was apparently required following the sale of the vehicle. Any amendments must have been minor indeed, however, as the image shows that it was in superb condition.


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CAPACITY. 36V (TWIN 18V) LXT BRUSHLESS EARTH AUGER: DDG460


Brushless motor, Electric brake, Variable speed trigger control, Mechanical 2-speed control, Soft start, Forward / reverse rotation, Torque limiter, LED job light, Automatic Torque Drive Technology: Automatically changes the cutting speed according to load condition for optimum operation, Auger bit adapter enables use of auger bits for popular engine earth augers. No Load Speed Hi 0-1,400rpm / Lo 0-350rpm, Chuck Capacity 2-13mm, Max Drilling Capacity 200mm, Capacity (High resistance soil) 150mm, Capacity (Low resistance soil) 200mm, Max Torque Hi 48 / Lo 136Nm, Weight 7.3-8.2kg


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