Aitken-Walker cars was established in 1988 by husband and wife Graham and Louise Aitken-Walker and has since developed into a well known and trusted Borders used car dealership. Our longevity and continued success is due to our commitment to offering excellent quality, carefully sourced cars and a high level of customer service. We hope that by drawing on over 50 years' combined experience in the motor industry, we can ensure that all of our customers feel satisfied and supported before and after purchasing a car from us.

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Louise's career

Louise's first competition was in 1979 when she was entered into Ford's 'Find A Lady Rally Driver' contest, without her knowledge by her two brothers and was the winner from 2000 entrants. Two years later she finished 19th in her first rally GB. She contested the 1989 British Touring Car Championship, finishing fourth in points.

The pinnacle of Louise's 14-year career was becoming the 1990 Ladies' World Rally Champion. In 1990 she was awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy, which is presented for a remarkable achievement on land, sea or through air by a British subject. Other recipients include Lewis Hamilton, Stirling Moss, Damon Hill, Amy Johnston and Donald Campbell. She was also inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Since retiring Louise has divided her time between developing Aitken-Walker Cars with husband Graham, taking part in motor sport events such as The Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in 2008 and fundraising for a variety of charitable causes. She was recently involved in a remarkably quick Three Peaks Challenge fundraiser with four other local residents in a time of 17 hours that raised over £46,000 for Cancer Research, The Meningitis Trust and The MacMillan Nurses (Louise was the designated driver!). Click here for more information about the three peaks challenge


Graham's career

Graham has been interested in the motor industry from an early age. He began his career as a rally motorsport engineer, having developing a particular interest in rally cars. He first started with Malcolm Wilson and therefore worked for several professional teams such as Ford, Porsche, and BMW, maintaining and building high performance cars. His knowledge and experience of both engineering and motorsport provided an invaluable base from which to develop Aitken-Walker Cars.

Click here for a more detailed, personal account of Graham's career