Roger Bennington, Managing Director
Roger grew up in the motor trade as his father had a few garages in Essex so he was always around cars when he was a boy. In 1958, his father sold the businesses and bought a farm in Norfolk to take early retirement to pursue his interest in horses. Roger continued to work in the motor trade serving out his apprenticeship training scheme in a number of dealerships learning all aspects of the trade.
In 1964 Roger then followed his parents to Norfolk where he started to develop his business buying and selling used sports cars, and on 12th June 1972 purchased Harvey & Duffield in Long Stratton, now known as Stratton Motor Company.
Tim Hutchins, Aftersales Manager
Tim has been in the motor industry for 21 years, after choosing to follow in his Dad’s footsteps. He started working on cars from a young age and when he qualified as a MOT tester, he was the youngest person ever in the UK to be a nominated tester! Tim’s favourite car is an Aston Martin DBS; he likes its aggressive stance and connection to James Bond.
Alex Brake, Sales Manager
Alex is the newest member to our team, but has been in the industry for 16 years! It was inevitable having always had an affinity with anything with four wheels and an engine from a very early age. He was lucky enough to manage the Lotus Driving Academy in 2011 so has a vast knowledge of the brand. Alex’s favourite car is a Lotus Exige Sport 350 coupe, down to its perfect balance of performance, agility, stunning looks and usability. In his spare time, Alex drives across Europe, raising money for charity.
Janine Alleguen-Porter, Receptionist
Janine has always been interested in cars and has owned her fair share of hot hatches! When she relocated from Berkshire 14 years ago, she saw an advert for our receptionist job and thought it was meant to be. In addition to hot hatches, she loves the looks of a Lamborghini Countach.
Karen Ridgley, Receptionist
Karen originally trained as a primary school teacher and worked for many years with terminally ill children. She joined us just over 3 years ago and although she has been a receptionist for many years, she fancied a new and interesting career change and thought a garage would offer that. She loves Aston Martin DB5’s being an avid fan of all the James Bond films and has always dreamed of owning an iconic car like this.
Jonny Saunders, Workshop Manager
Jonny did his work experience with us whilst he was still at school! We offered him a job once he had finished and 18 years later, he is still with us. He started as a technician and has worked his way up to Workshop Manager. He loves the Lotus Evora 400 because of its handling abilities and the exhaust sound. A few years ago he was on the team that almost broke the world lap record at the Nürburgring in a Caparo T1.
Angus Algar, Technician
Angus started working on cars 8 years ago and in 2013 he finished as a runner up in the Jaguar/Landrover apprentice of the year scheme. His favourite car is a Koenigsegg One:1 which is mainly down to its looks. He is an avid fan of the World Rally Championship and it was after watching a Subaru Impreza dominate in 2005, he knew what he wanted to do!
Paul Bellenger, Technician
Paul joined our team 40 years ago and has been with us ever since. He has seen lots of changes over the years, but still loves what he does and is glad he chose to go down the motor industry route. He has come into contact or worked on nearly every model of Aston Martin in his career, but one which sticks in his memory is the Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans.
Nathan Bushby, Technician
Nathan has always liked cars and engineering and enjoys taking everything apart to see how things work and putting it all back together again! Nathan came to us as an apprentice and has been working on cars for 13 years. His favourite car is a Nissan GTR R35, as he loves the look and the speed! In his career to date he has worked on cars that have been used in box office films.
Gordon Hazel, Technician
Gordon has always been interested in cars and turned his hobby into his career 40 years ago. His favourite car is a Morgan 3 Wheeler – he is very enthusiastic about them, as you can see from his photo!
Ian Newson, Technician
Ian has always liked the way road and race cars look and sound from a young age and aspires to build his own race car one day. He has been a technician for 12 years and in his spare time he runs and maintains a dirt jump/bike park and rides BMX’s. One of his favourite cars is a VW Karmann Ghia.
Stuart Reeder, Technician
Stuart has been with us for 20 years and joined straight from school, after also carrying out his work experience with us! His favourite car is a 1978 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazzard! He can be very creative, as he won the Cromer carnival fancy dress costume in 2014 and was a runner up in 2015 and 2016.
Joe Wain, Apprentice Technician
Joe has always had the motor industry in his blood, as his father owns a garage. He has been working with cars for the past three years and when the opportunity to do his apprenticeship with Aston Martin presented itself, naturally he jumped at the chance. He loves the Aston Martin LM21 Ulster due to its interesting history and its looks. In his spare time, Joe researches and fixes technology.
Robert Chapman, Parts Manager
Robert has been working with parts for 36 years and with Stratton Motor Company for 17 of those years. His favourite car is a Lotus 7.
Daniel South, Parts Assistant
Daniel trained as a technician 6 years ago, but fancied trying his hand at something new. Just recently he has joined our parts team and loves the fact that each day brings new challenges. His favourite car is a Lotus Evora 400.
Cliff Warner, Bodyshop
Cliff has plenty of experience in our bodyshop repairing, stripping, restoring and spraying all makes and models of cars and he has never wanted to do anything else. He joined the motor industry 47 years ago and he has been with us for over half of that time; 28 years! His favourite car is an Aston Martin V8.
Chris Watson, Bodyshop
Chris has been with us for 38 years! He lives in the village and loves the fact he can work on such beautiful cars all day long, so close to home. His favourite vehicle is a VW Camper Van!
Philip Watson, Valet Manager
Philip has been with the company since the start and joined Roger back in 1973. He has seen many changes and developments over the years and has numerous stories to tell! After all the cars that he has driven or worked on, his favourite remains his VW Bora, as it has never let him down!
Mark Lewis, Transport Driver
Mark has been in the industry for 18 years. Although he was doing general haulage before, delivering Aston Martins and other prestige cars seemed like a better option! His favourite car has to be an Aston Martin DBS, because of its style and power. He also has a passion for motorcycles. He currently owns a 1972 Triumph Bonneville T120V,1972 Triumph Tiger,1987 Armstrong MT500 and a 2007 Honda Transalp 65!
Rob Alleguen-Porter, Valeter/Driver
Rob took redundancy from his previous employment of 20 years two and a half years ago and wanted a complete change of scene. However he still wanted to be involved face to face with customers and find a job which offered plenty of variety. He has certainly found that with us! His favourite car is a Bugatti Veyron for pushing the boundaries and capabilities of a road car. The first time he ever flew in a helicopter, he jumped out at 250ft!