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Neil Shepherdson Rip

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Sad to report the death from cancer of Neil Shepherdson (Christopher Neil).

 

The following is from Jonathan Jarratt, MD at Christopher Neil:

 

Dear Forum Members,
I write to inform you of some further sad news from us here at Christopher Neil's.
Unfortunately Neil Shepherdson, our beloved owner, passed away recently after his brave and courageous battle with cancer. Neil was diagnosed shortly before the tragic death of his son Ben last September and it really has been the most terrible period of time for Neil's family and his friends here.
Neil was passionate about sports cars and in particular Lotus. His association with the brand dates back to the 1970's when he dismantled old Lotus and sold the parts. This ultimately resulted in him selling the cars themselves and setting up his first showroom on Middlewich Road in Northwich.
The business grew from strength to strength and TVR was added to the portfolio in the 1980's before he built our new showroom on Manchester Road at the end of the 1990's. Whilst we had specialised in selling Lotus cars, we only in fact gained the Full Lotus franchise in 2002. This really was a dream come true for Neil and he went on to build one of the most respected Lotus dealerships in the country.
Neil was an amazing person with a natural ability to run a successful business. He was a great friend to many of us and will be sorely missed.
As many of you will be aware, Neil took the decision to cease selling Lotus following the death of Ben in an Elise. This decision was taken in very difficult circumstances and was fully supported by us all at the time and in the subsequent months.
We have spent much time considering what Neil's legacy should be and in what way we continue his lifetimes work. This has involved some real soul searching for Neil's family and for our staff . We have taken our lead from the family who have taken the decision to resume selling Lotus cars.
Neil built his business on his passion for Lotus and his love for the cars was shared by Ben. Whilst the circumstances are tragic, the brand was not to blame for the accident. It has become evident over the months that the absence of the cars is more painful to us all than their presence in the showroom.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we always said we would support the family in whatever way we could. They feel the time is now right to move forwards and we agree. Neil's favourite quote was "onwards and upwards" and so we carry on in his footsteps.
We have now started restocking used cars and hope to be in position to offer new cars again in the near future, subject to Lotus' agreement.
We look forward to welcoming faces old and new back to our showroom.
Kindest regards,
Yours sincerely,
Jonathan Jarratt
Managing Director
Oakmere Motor Group
inc Christopher Neil
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What a very very sad story. Best wishes to the family and friends.

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An extraordinarily sad story. I sincerely hope Lotus agree Christopher Neil shoud be selling new Lotuses. I wish them all well.

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Very sad news

"onwards and upwards" and so we carry on in his footsteps.

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