Obituary: Dave Watts

Colin Barnett
March 8, 2021

Well known truck dealer Dave Watts has passed away suddenly, just weeks away from his 73rd birthday.

Dave is probably best known to CM readers from his time as the owner of Renault Trucks dealership Staffordshire CV in Stoke-on-Trent, where one of his proudest achievements was supplying a fleet of Magnums to the Jordan F1 team. Since selling up to Allports a decade ago, “Watty” has been operating as an independent truck broker.

The many tributes to Dave are summed up by Thompsons Group MD Scott Burton, describing him as “A genuine, straight talking man who didn’t suffer fools and just wanted to offer the best he could for those who trusted their business with him. The industry will miss him.”

Away from trucks, he was a keen petrolhead, preferably involving V8 power, and was just about to move into a newly renovated cottage with long-term partner, Sue, to who we offer our condolences.

About the Author

Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett has been involved in the road transport industry since becoming an apprentice truck mechanic in the early seventies. The end of 2022 will see him complete 25 years with Commercial Motor, with a secondment as editor of sister title Truck & Driver along the way. Today, as technical editor, he is witnessing at first hand the greatest changes in heavy goods vehicles since they replaced horses.

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