Team Twisted

  • Name:
  • Joe Johnson
  • Role:
  • Parts Manager
  • Lives:
  • Yarm, North Yorkshire

Interesting fact:

Before I got into my current career in the automotive industry, I used to work as a falconer, flying birds of prey for a living.

When and why did you join Twisted?
I joined in November 2018. I had worked with a world championship winning rally team, and had reached a point where I had achieved everything I had wanted to at that given company, and wanted a new challenge.

What are the major changes you have seen at Twisted over the years?
Well I have only been here a year or so, but the biggest change is seeing the production of the Series builds. Working our way through these final numbers is a massive project, considering how many other jobs we have on the go as well!

Your Twisted highlight is…
Has to be working at the Geneva Motorshow. As a big car fan, it has always been on my bucket list, so to actually get the opportunity to work there really was something special.

Driving a Twisted across the world, which colleague do you take and why?
Would have to be Dan, my colleague in parts, we work together day in day out and he’s an asset to have around and I can rely on him 110%. We always get along, even when we are under pressure, so a road trip would be a breeze!

Your favourite Twisted build is…
Would have to be the original Retro. I saw that car a lot around Thirsk whilst growing up here, and it always caught my attention. It’s just a great looking 90, and a really usable one at that. For me it sums up what a Twisted should be.

Tell us about an interest of yours
My main interest has always been cars. Having got to a point where I have just bought my first home with my girlfriend, I am now looking to get myself a project car to work on, so that’s going to take up a lot of my time, much to her despair!

What are your dream cars and why?
My dream car would be a Mercedes E63 AMG Estate. It is the ultimate ‘do- everything’ car and they sound epic. But apart from that, I can think of tens or even hundreds of cars I would want, so the list could go on and on…

The best thing about living in Yorkshire is…
For me it has to be the variety in the landscape. From the little coastal towns, to the baron moors, to the rolling hills of the Dales, there is something for everyone. It is impossible to get bored inYorkshire. If you are getting bored, you aren’t exploring it enough!

Your ideal plan for a Sunday is…
A bit of a lie in, a quick bite to eat and up and out to enjoy the day with my partner. Then it would be home to relax in the garden with a couple of good mates coming round for a catch up.

When you retire you want to…
Get a cottage in the Lake District and move there. I lived there for four and a half years, and it’s become a place that means a lot to me. If I didn’t have to work, it would be perfect, so I could just spend my days walking. I would also do a bit of travelling to parts of the world I haven’t yet ticked off!

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