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Staff of Worth Engineering, Handcross
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Staff of Worth Engineering, Handcross

Worth Engineering was founded by George Pattison who lived with his wife and two sons at Hill Top in Brighton Road, Handcross. Next to the house was the old Handcross Laundry (see picture #77) which he converted into a small factory. In the early years a couple of extensions were added to the old laundry building, but some years later the whole building was replaced by a new and larger factory unit as the business expanded.
In the early years, the factory workers comprised, from the left, George Hotten who lived next door in the bungalow, Gilridge, Maurice Beeching, Reg Richardson who lived in Burgess Hill before emigrating to Australia, and Brian Message.
The car may be a Ford Zephyr Six (1950-54), and may have belonged to Reg Richardson to enable him to commute from Burgess Hill.
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Select Open Document to view George Pattison practising his golf swing, and also his son, Bryan, who joined him in the firm. The photographs date from 1965 and show Hill Top in the background.
No doubt the Mk 2 Jaguar (1959-1967) belonged to George Pattison.

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In the second photo is a Jaguar MK2, it was purchased by George Nelson Pattison on July 7, 1964 and was used as his company car for Worth Engineering until June 1967.
It was opalescent golden sand with red interior, registration BBP536B. The car, numbered #167128DN, is with me in Traverse City, Michigan. It can be viewed at www.saloondata.com; just enter 167128 in the search block.
If you recall the Jaguar I would like to hear from you.
Added by Rick Bondy (Michigan USA) on 14 June 2016
Further to my earlier comment regarding the Jaguar MK2, here follows more history of the car.
In 2000 after retirement from the US government I started working at the Ford Motor Company for the President and CEO, Jac Nasser. You may recall that Jaguar was purchased by Ford in 1989. In 1992 Jac was Chairman of Ford of Europe and requested various vendors to locate the best Jaguar XK150, MK2, and 12 cylinder E-Type to add to his collection.
He was able to purchase the Worth Engineering Jaguar from a subsequent owner on May 5, 1995. Prior to his purchase it had been exhibited at various Concours in England.
Upon arrival in the US it was exhibited at two major Concours. The car has accumulated about 3,800 miles since it was restored.
I first saw the MK2 late spring 2000. It was Jac's favourite car and constantly for 10 years I attempted to pry it away from him. On July 14, 2010 I finally won!!
So Jac owned the MK2 for 15 years and I have had it for 6 years. He visited our home in Traverse City, Michigan last fall and gave the MK2 a close inspection (I store it on a lift) making sure it was still being properly cared for.
Last evening I was able to share the photos of the Jaguar, the Pattisons, and Worth Engineering with Mr. Nasser.
A recent picture of the car in pristine condition in its new American home has been added to the PDF file; select Open Document to view.

Added by Rick Bondy (Michigan USA) on 30 June 2016
I've ridden in the Jaguar several times. George Pattison's younger son, Rodney, and I attended Crawley College together. He would often drop us off at the college.
It was a fantastic ride, a beautiful car and great example of British engineering and design.
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 01 July 2016
Mick, you may not be aware that Rodney (71) passed away in early May 2016 having spent the last few years in a nursing home. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and their two sons.
In particular, I remember Rodney in the Handcross football team. (See picture #978)
Added by Barry Ray on 04 July 2016
Thank you, Barry, for letting me know.
It is the sunset of our generations. Rod was a great little football player.
He was nuts about motorcycles and had one of the first new Hondas that came to Britain.
Added by Mick Feist on 06 July 2016
Hello, we would like to find out what happened to Worth Engineering. We live just beside them.
Many thanks.
Added by Graham Simmons on 06 August 2016
Graham, it seems you are referring to the time when Worth Engineering moved from their premises in the Brighton Road, Handcross.
In about 1995 they sold their property in Handcross and moved the operations to larger industrial units in Burrell Road, Haywards Heath. The factory consisted of two buildings at the northern end of Burrell Road; between which is a decent-sized car park.
In about 2002 it was decided to cease trading, wind up the Company, and sell the two factory units.
One unit is now occupied by two businesses, one of which is called Euronics. The other was sold to the Nuffield private hospital located immediately opposite, but it still has the name “Worth” on the frontage.

Added by Barry Ray on 08 August 2016
I worked at Worth Engineering from June 1975 to September 1976, and I remember George and Brian. Brian was managing the factory by then, as I think George had retired.
I don't remember the Jaguar. but I do remember some characters who worked there though!
I remember Des Gasson who worked in the tool room, and also an older guy called Ted who worked in the grinding shop.
Added by Tony Northcott on 21 February 2017
Mr. Pattison really drove the Jaguar, in the first two years of ownership he covered 40,019 miles.
In June 1967 he sold it to David Richard Collier, 25 the Ridgeway, Horley, Surrey.
By 1975 the Jag had covered 91,306 miles.
Added by RIchard J. Bondy (Michigan USA) on 14 March 2017
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