TVR sports cars in grand send-off drive for Blackpool factory stalwart

A convoy of classic Blackpool-made TVR sports cars is set to pay tribute to a long-serving worker at the firm.

Tuesday, 30th November 2021, 5:40 pm

John Mleczek, 65, who died last month a was a legend at the former TVR factory in the resort, joining the firm at its Bristol Avenue, Bispham, plant in 1974.

He played a key role in the body shop working for owners Martin Lilley and later Peter Wheeler.

Between 20 and 50 cars of different marques are expected to gather at the former site of the factory in Bristol Avenue at 10am on Wednesday, December 1, before following the hearse to the service at Lytham Crematorium.

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John, right, with designer David Hives prior to a trip to the USA to meet TVR car club fans

John's father Joe was one of the firm’s first employees taken on by company founder Trevor Wilkinson at its works in the former brickworks at Hoo Hill, Layton and John’s son, Stuart, completed the Mleczek family’s hat trick of generations, working at the company for five years.

John is survived by wife Jenny, son Stuart and daughter Charlotte.

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Tributes paid to former TVR sports car stalwart in Blackpool