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66. Simon King, Vindis Group. Photo: Simon Talbot/Contax S2/Ilford HP5 Plus
Former Battle of Britain fighter pilot, Frank Vindis, founded the motor business we know today, by starting a small workshop in Sawston, south Cambridgeshire. The St Ives branch first opened on the site of the old railway station in 1981. But F.Vindis & Sons quickly outgrew these premises and moved to the Low Road location in 1989. The Vindis Group is privately owned and now employs 140 people at 6 branches in Cambridgeshire & Bedfordshire. Simon King joined Vindis as a trainee in 1984. Born and schooled in Huntingdonshire, he has witnessed the meteoric growth of the VW-Audi dealership first hand. Simon's family have been resident in St.Ives for many years, the Burgess Hall at the recreation centre being named after his great, great uncle. Simon is pictured here with the Audi TT Coupe and a reincarnated VW Beetle.

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