WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Pemberton Cars is owned and run by Johnny Stokes. From an early age cars have been his life, hobby and a business since 2005. Earlier on in his career he spent a considerable amount of time at Stratton Motor Company dealing in high performance and prestige brands including Aston Martin, Lotus and Morgan with guidance from Guy Munday, Charlie Skelton, Kevin Jordan, Tim Reed and the owner Roger Bennington – all names that are well known in the automotive world.
Johnny is a perfectionist and takes great pride in his cars, using extensive knowledge, experience and attention to detail to source the best cars possible, interesting cars, always searching for the rarities that have that something different about them, be they limited or special editions, or one offs. Whatever it may be, the car must meet high standards; as such, all vehicles acquired will have been driven and possibly owned by Johnny to ensure that the car performs as demanded.
Before Johnny purchases a car, he carries out a fully comprehensive hpi check and paperwork verification process that is performed to ensure that all is complete and correct. Any information he gathers during the course of this exercise is happily passed on to the new owner within the cars portfolio.
Time and general wear and tear will eventually take their toll, so every car that Johnny does purchase goes through an in-depth preparation programme that includes a full MOT with no advisories, a what he has titled the 360 check that includes a full service along with looking at anything else that he feel needs to be up to his level of requirements.
Once workshop prepared, the joy of detailing upon valeting the car that can include trims removed, checked and cleaned. Every car has to be to its best presentation and strength before he will even consider handing over the ownership to someone else.
Within the whole time doing what Johnny does, he still strongly believes and stands by that honesty is always the best procedure, especially with how the world is operated today. Johnny will give every individual a positive, friendly experience with the assurances about the vehicle at any stage during the process.
I am driven by a genuine enthusiasm, enjoyment and pure excitement for cars regardless of the marque, type, size or shape.
HISTORY AND PUBLICATIONS
"Start your engines!"
Stratton Motor Company
Johnny's earlier days were alongside Stratton Motor Company.
Johnny purchases one of his dream cars - the Lotus Esprit V8. (Picture kindly supplied by a family member)
Lotus Esprit World
The Lotus Esprit V8 makes it into an official worldwide calendar!
911 & Porsche World Magazine
Our Porsche 911 996 is featured with the headline being 'The truth behind the 15k 996'.
Muscle V8 Magazine
Our Vauxhall (also known as a Holden) Monaro VXR is published with Johnny quoting that the Monaro is "the best thing to come out of Australia since Kylie Minogue".
Car Scrappage Scheme - Stop The Crusher!
Amongst many different and rare cars Johnny was involved in, many Peugeot Rallye's landed with Johnny due to the car scrappage scheme.
More Lotus' Please!
'You can take the boy of Lotus but you can't take Lotus out of the boy'.
Johnny had and was continuing to sell many Lotus' that included the Elise and Exige.
Piston Heads: Heroes
Our Peugeot 205 GTI hits the headlines with Piston Heads.
More Aston Martin's Please!
'You can take the boy of Aston Martin but you can't take Aston Martin out of the boy'.
Johnny had and was continuing to sell Aston Martin's that included the DB7, Vantage and the Vanquish.
Our Peugeot 106 Rallye hits the headlines with Auto Express magazine.
Johnny purchases another of his dream cars - 'the Mad Max car' aka Ford Falcon.
The Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe V8 Interceptor aka The Mad Max Car hits the headlines with The Eastern Daily Press newspaper.
SuperFly Autos stop by to feature our Mad Max car.
Nick Simmo Photographer
Our first encounter with Nick Simmo Photographer where he contacted us to do a feature on the Ford Falcon XB GT Coupe V8 Interceptor aka The Mad Max car.
Our Mini John Cooper Works GP2 hits the headlines with the Daily Star.
Nissan Skyline R33, R34 & R35 GTR
Our second encounter with Nick Simmo Photographer where he contacted us to do a feature on our three Nissan GTR's that were all purchased in the same week.
Piston Heads: Buying Guide
Our Peugeot 306 GTI 6 hits the headlines with Piston Heads.
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Our third encounter with Nick Simmo Photographer where he contacted us to do a feature on our Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.
Piston Heads: Spotted
Our Peugeot 306 Rallye hits the headlines with Piston Heads.
Please note that the timer finished on Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 23:59 hours and everyone who had entered, was emailed twice.
Watch this space!