The Exhibitionist is the name she went by while
working for Rover and at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, 13th
she explained how this nickname had materialised when she spoke
about Exhibitions and Me.
employed by Rover at Longbridge, initially in administration
but was soon organising exhibitions for Rover and Landrover
at motor shows both in the UK and around the world. She regaled
us with her tales while working at Motor Shows in Belfast during
the troubled years, the awareness of not standing out as being
British, the armed soldiers on the streets and of running an
exhibition after being informed of a bomb scare.
involved with Classic Car Shows in Germany, the Institute of
Directors Show in London and whenever a new car was launched,
an exhibition had to be organised. She chose the uniforms for
the promotional girls, hats (being Jackies
trade mark) were always part of the uniform. She trained them
so that they knew all about the technical details of the cars,
were informed and able to discuss the cars in a professional
Jacky set out with her team to Iran, although Jacky was conservatively
dressed, she was taken on a shopping spree and was
soon sporting the obligatory black Abaya and Shayla. The windows
of her 10th floor room were riddled with bullet holes, she was
struck by the poverty, the vast difference between the haves
and the have nots. The locals were friendly but really
only communicated with the men on the team. She visited a mosque,
the market, the deposed Shahs palace with its wall
to wall silk carpets, jade statues and among them a statue of
the Shah that had been cropped off at the knees.
of the exhibition was not without its difficulties, six
days were spent building the ramps and stands but the cars were
only released by customs the night before the exhibition. She
recalled how two members of the Hezbollah who had walked into
the initial meeting, disregarded Jacky, speaking only to the
rest of the group through an interpreter, had walked up to her
on the day of the exhibition and congratulated her for her hard
work and the success of the event, in perfect English!
that it was a sad day when Rover stopped making the Metro and
despite organising the £1800000 International Motor Show,
she still considers her work in Iran as being the most exciting
thing she has ever done.
As a woman
she had to earn her spurs in a mans world and be accepted
and she was able to do this by always being fair.
a member of the Snitterfield WI, our Vice President and lives