The Seven is the original British lightweight sports car, or 'race car for the road'. Originally created by Colin Chapman and launched as the Lotus 7 in 1957, it is inherently agile and gives startling performance. It is, quite simply, a motoring icon. Caterham Cars has been selling the Seven since the late 1950's. In 1973 Caterham purchased the rights to manufacture the car from Lotus, and has been building and selling it ever since.
Over the decades Caterham has continued to refine and enhance the design, whilst always respecting the brilliance of the original formula. Although originally designated as 'too fast to race' by the authorities in the 1970's, Caterham pioneered one make racing. Today there are more Sevens racing around the world than almost any other single marque, with over 700 competitors taking part in 11 countries during one season.
Today, more than half of the cars produced at the Dartford factory in Kent are exported around the world, including to Japan, France and Germany. 2005 was the most significant year in the history of Caterham Cars, with both the launch of the revolutionary CSR model and the sale of the company by the Nearn family after 40 years of ownership. Caterham Cars is proud to be one of the few remaining British-owned and British-based car manufacturers, with the majority of parts sourced from within the UK where possible.
The original CCM Motorcycles was founded in the early seventies by Alan Clews, a successful trials and scramble rider in the late sixties. He wanted a lighter more nimble motocross bike, so he started to produce his own based on the BSA 500cc works specials.
Since then, CCM have manufactured a wide range of bikes for both competition events and for use by the military. They currently build their bike for on and off-road use, the GP450 Adventure, together with the more recent limited edition Spitfire Series, from their premises in Bolton.
Chevron Racing was originally founded by the late Derek Bennett in Salford in the 1960's. He is generally acknowledged to have been an engineering genius, as well as an accomplished racing driver, and was responsible for designing and building several legendary Chevron racing cars which enjoyed enormous success in many national and international race categories throughout the late 60's and 70's. Indeed, as many as six well known racing drivers who used Chevrons regularly went on to become F1™ world champions, including Nikki Lauda and Alain Prost.
Today 'the legend lives on' and the Chevron brand is now owned by WDK Motorsport, who are well-known in the world of classic racing car preparation. They build Continuation models of both the Chevron B8 and B16 and operate out of their premises in Stockbridge, Hampshire.
Founded in 1993, Classic Motor Cars Ltd (CMC) are proud of the fact that they are now recognised as one of the world's leading, if not the leading, restorer of classic Jaguars. Staffed by a highly experienced team of engineers and technicians they are based at their Bridgnorth, Shropshire workshops, which currently covers over 40,000 sq ft. They are able to provide their international clientele with a range of services from a simple oil change, performance and handling upgrades to full restorations and even bespoke car design and manufacture. They recently collaberated with Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, to create the Mark 2 By Callum, his personal interpretation of the Jaguar Mk2. They are now going to produce this very special car in limited numbers.