Arnold Clark

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Sir John Arnold Clark is a Scottish businessman, 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 in both 2012 and 2013.[1]


John Arnold Clark was born in Glasgow in 1928. He joined the Royal Air Force aged 17, and rising through the ranks as he was educated, Clark became a Corporal and a Motor Mechanics Instructor.[2]

Arnold Clark Automobiles[edit]

After leaving the RAF in the early 1950s, Clark got a job in car retail and saved up his money until he was able to purchase a Morris Ten-Four for £70, and after restoring it, sold it for a profit. Clark started buying and selling cars, opening his first showroom in 1954 in Glasgow's Park Road.[3] After gaining his first retail franchise for Morris Motors 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[4] new and used car dealerships spread throughout Great Britain. The company sells over 200,000 cars per year, employs 9,000 people, and has an annual turnover of over £2.5 billion.[5] The group currently has 24 new car franchises, including:

In 2003 Clark was knighted for services to the motor industry and for his community work in Scotland.[7]


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. A new training centre was also built in Wolverhampton in 2013. A new training centre is currently being built to replace Edinburgh's current centre.


Clark bought racing yacht Drum from Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon. She had finished third (line honours) in the 1985-86 Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race), having previously lost her keel and capsized in the 1985 Fastnet Race just weeks before the Whitbread start. Drum is now hired out for corporate entertainment from her base on the River Clyde, and has been used to raise in excess of £1 million for charity. In early 2007 a £250,000 refit was completed on Drum.


  1. ^ "Arnold Clark - AM Retailer Of The Year 2013". Arnold Clark. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Arnold Clark Finance. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Arnold Clark has 200 car dealerships across the UK". 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Arnold Clark rated top dealer in Sunday Times private company survey". Motor Trader. 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Arnold Clark buys car dealership John R Weir Group". BBC News UK. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Car tycoon's pride at honour". BBC News UK. 2003-12-31. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 

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