Pictured above: Councillor Jack Harrison (right) with Brendan O’Toole
Jack Harrison, the lord Mayor of Coventry, swapped his sedate mayoral motor for something racier when he visited a city success story.
Councillor Harrison – and Lady Mayoress Jill – were the guests of honour at CPP Manufacturing plant in the city where the Spyker supercars are being assembled.
CPP recently won the contract to produce the new Aileron supercar after Spyker shifted production from Zeewolde in Holland, and will create 50 new jobs at the plant on Wheler Road.
Councillor Harrison was shown the factory by CPP managing director and founder Brendan O’Toole.
The Lord Mayor said: “I think it is absolutely fantastic and is such a good news story for Coventry and we do really need to promote CPP and Spyker much more.
“Their vision for manufacturing this car in the city is really good news and the car just oozes quality.
“It was a proud day for me to come here and be part of the launch of the build here and I’ll be delighted when I get invited back for that first car when it is completed in late April.
“It was quite a surprise to hear Spyker were going to transfer their operations here, and let’s hope this is the start of bigger things to come.
“I know with this company it doesn’t just stop with these cars, they have got more exciting plans they are developing and I just want to be here to support them.
“They are creating more quality jobs for Coventry – that’s the important thing. We had the opportunity to meet some of the craftsman and to understand a little bit about the skills that are used in building these cars and a quality car attracting quality employment can only be good for the city.”