Caterham Cars & Turn 7

Turn 7 Limited is the North’s one stop Caterham cars shop – founded in 2020 as a specialist Caterham cars and Motorsport dealership in Yorkshire.

With a strong history within the Caterham and Motorsport industries, father and son Jim and Callum McDougall teamed up to create a business to help likeminded enthusiasts enjoy the thrill of purist driving and motor racing. Following a strong start, Turn 7 has already expanded to include a full-time service and aftersales facility with Caterham cars expert, Carl Ross, to ensure all our sales and customer cars get the attention and TLC they deserve!

Offering a wide variety of used Caterham cars for sale as well servicing, parts, set up, and many other brand-specific requirements and also stocking a handful of interesting sports and racing vehicles.

Turn 7 Limited is not only Yorkshire’s Caterham cars specialist but is also one of the country’s leading independent brokers of custom racewear and team wear. We provide personal, effective support to race teams and drivers, ensuring we find them the best products to suit their needs, at the best prices.

Callum’s Story…

You could say that Callum McDougall has Caterham cars in his DNA! With Callum’s father being a keen racer of Caterhams, and his mother the coordinator for all Caterham’s in-house racing championship, Callum grew up immersed in the world of Caterham cars with the backdrop to his childhood being many, many weekends of Caterham racing. But it didn’t stop there…

An ambitious and entrepreneurial young professional, Callum would take leave from his day job to work with Caterham, be it washing cars or making tea, anything to further engage his passion and build his network in the field. In 2011 he finally took the plunge to turn his hobby into his career, leaving the banking sector to work full time as a sales executive at Caterham Cars.

During his time at Caterham, Surrey, Callum found new homes for almost 400 Caterham cars, whilst simultaneously navigating the commercial upheaval of a management restructure and re-brand, which ultimately brought about his next opportunity. And in 2013 he joined two of Caterham’s ex-directors at their brand new company, Sevens & Classics, where Callum embraced his proven sales success to take the role of Sales Manager.

For the next five years Callum helped to grow the business, with responsibility for sourcing, buying and selling in excess of 1,000 of Caterham cars, but most importantly, looking after their customers.

Following on from this success, Callum was looking for a fresh challenge, something where he could add to his armoury of knowledge, and in 2018 he took the diverse role of Business Development Manager at United Autosports race team.

Here he became immersed in the professional motorsport world and ultimately found himself taking on the task of bringing budding new Racewear manufacturer HRX to the UK. For the next three years Callum set the foundations for HRX to grow their operation internationally, as well as managing the entire UK market place, from grass roots racing to multiple BTCC champion Ash Sutton.

Now with 10 years’ experience of managing all aspects of a rapidly growing business and establishing a strong reputation in the Motorsport world, the time was right for Callum to take the plunge and embark on his own journey.

In 2021, Callum combined his experience and knowledge to support Caterham owners and motorsports professionals and enthusiasts in the north of the UK and beyond, in the shape of Turn 7.

Callum’s boundless passion for Caterham cars is clear to all who meet him, paired with his vast knowledge of each model and variant is what makes him the perfect matchmaker for Caterham owners old and new.

I have been lucky enough to drive almost every model and variation Caterham ever built. Caterham cars are my passion, I will never tire of them. I still race a Caterham and will never be without one.”

Jim’s Story…

Jim McDougall is Callum’s father and business partner in Turn 7.

Jim’s background is in accountancy, a vocation that enabled him to follow his passion for sports and classic cars, having worked not only for mainstream motor manufacturers but also for Formula One teams.

Having been a keen racer since the 1970s, starting out in Minis and competing on and off in a variety of cars ever since, Jim has attained a significant number of race wins and championships over the years.

Jim built and raced the first of many Sevens in 1986, and went on to work with Caterham Cars to produce an Assembly Guide for kit builders at that time. In 1991, he and Callum’s mother took over the co-ordination of the Caterham racing championships which included creating the concept for what is now known as the Caterham Academy.

Jim manages many of the background activities at Turn 7.

“They’re more of a driver’s car” says Carl, “you don’t have the nice things like traction control and ABS to help you deal with them, it’s really going back to basics which allows you to be more at one with the car”.

Carl’s Story…

Having started his automotive career back in the day of YTS schemes, Carl did his City & Guilds in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair during a time when cars didn’t have the luxury of driver aids we see on today’s modern motor cars, which is what he’s really come to love about working on Caterhams.

A keen motorsport enthusiast for some years, Carl’s passion is rallying, having competed in a Peugeot 205 GTI from the early 1990s until 2004 when sadly rallying had to make way for his three young children.

Despite loving the true grit of Caterham driving, throughout his career Carl has been at the forefront of the evolution of motor cars and has strong experience with the more mainstream brands we see on our daily commute, partnering in Turn 7 Automotive following 8 years running a local MOT centre, and has also recently completed a four-year qualification in electric-vehicle servicing and repair. Other household names he boasts on his CV include Ford Motor Company, Reg Vardy Plc and for those more local you may remember Massingberd Harrogate.

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Daniel CarterDaniel Carter
11:59 15 May 23
Callum was most generous in devoting time, way beyond duty, to resolve my sticking throttle cable whilst on the Fish and Chip Run '23, which required some analysis. I am most grateful to him and strongly recommend Turn 7 for their care and attention to customers' needs!
Andrew FulfordAndrew Fulford
08:59 30 Mar 23
Just a note of thanks to Callum and the team at Turn 7 after collecting my Caterham today. I can hand on heart say that this was the most enjoyable experience I have had in regards to purchasing a vehicle of any kind.It is a pleasure to deal with knowledgeable people who have a real passion and excitement for the brand.They even make a cracking brew.Well done Turn 7. In my opinion you have found the ingredients of fantastic customer service.Looking forward to now getting out in the car and seeing you all again soonAndy
Ian HarrisonIan Harrison
12:05 13 Dec 22
As one of Callum’s earliest customers and now a repeat Caterham buyer I have observed the Turn 7 evolution from small start-up into an expanding sports car business that specialises in Caterhams. As with all successful start-ups, Callum exudes his dream and works hard to succeed, he demonstrates competence and self reliance coupled with a well informed, flexible and friendly approach to customers. His knowledge of Caterhams differentiates him from others and makes the buying process very enjoyable. My latest car evolved through a series of modifications to the appearance, paint job and decals, safety changes and an upgrading of the engine to produce a vehicle that is greatly improved and in my opinion beautiful. Without Callum and his attention to detail, innovation and expertise this would not have happened, it has been an unreservedly inspiring experience. I strongly recommend anyone thinking of fulfilling a dream of buying a Caterham, to contact Turn 7 and speak to Callum.
11:20 20 Jul 22
What a great experience it was to buy my second Caterham from Callum at Turn 7 - I sold my first one 30 years ago. It was clear from the outset that Callum was extremely knowledgeable about all the Caterham models and after very lengthy discussions about my past car and bike ownership, his recommendations were very welcome. Throughout the process I felt Callum really cared, above all, about helping me getting the right car for me, nothing was too much trouble. Additionally, the after sales service being provided is first class too. I'm not planning a change but if I ever do, I wouldn't hesitate going to Turn 7 for my next Caterham. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend Turn 7 to anyone wanting to buy a Caterham.
Chris HobsonChris Hobson
13:43 12 Jul 22
Just had my suspension set up at Turn 7, having noticed uneven tyre wear, recommended by another satisfied customer.To say it was worth the 70 mile drive to get there would be an understatement. The car has been transformed, lighter steering and much better feel altogether.From the moment I walked in, I could tell that Callum knew what he was talking about.Highly recommended, couldn’t be more pleased.
Patrick McReddiePatrick McReddie
18:03 16 Jan 22
Would definitely recommend.Being my first Caterham i had plenty of questions, all of which were answered thoroughly and promptly by Callum. A great choice of cars on site in a range of price points and no pushy sales pitches.Communication from initial visit to collecting the car was great - a truly personal service from start to finish.Good luck with the venture and I am sure will be returning in future!
jon armitagejon armitage
16:50 23 Sep 21
Looking for my first Caterham, I found Turn 7 on the internet and contacted Callum for advice. He was generous with his time and his depth of knowledge about the used Caterham market is impressive. I ended up buying a vehicle from him and found the whole process very professional. 3 months later I'm delighted with the car and would recommend Turn 7 whole heartedly.