Norton began making motorcycles in Birmingham at the start of the 20th century and became well know for their early competition success, most notably in the Isle of Man TT races.
This iconic British brand, whose name was taken from the company's founder, James Lansdowne Norton, was responsible for introducing certain technologies that are still used in motorbike design and construction today.
After various financial upheavals and several changes of ownership, including a recent 15 years in American hands, the Norton Brand is now owned by British businessman, Stuart Garner and the company is based at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Derbyshire.
They currently build three variants of the Norton Commando 961 MK2 and also the new Dominator, and are still heavily involved in motorcycle racing. The latest range now comprises several new models including the Atlas and Superlight series.
At the end of January 2020 Norton Motorcycles went into Administration, but in the spring of that year the company was rescued by the Indian company TVS Motor Company, the sixth largest bike manufacturer in the world. Their website now carries the slogan: "To the next 100 years!"
Based in Taunton, Somerset, this now family run company evolved from roots embedded in the car restoration world. The company was originally formed in 1998 by Chris Boyer, Simon Davis and Malcolm Rolfe, at the time having shared over 80 years of experience in all aspects of the Motor Industry. Chris and Simon had previously concentrated on high quality coachwork, winning a number of concourse awards, including the coveted title of Best Mini in the World at the Mini 40 celebrations. Malcolm had spent many years working for Rolls-Royce and was commended whilst within that company. Nostalgia currently offers three replica models in the company line-up: the Le Mans winning C-Type and the classic Jaguar XK in both 120 and 140 formats. A leading motoring correspondent recently proclaimed the Nostalgia Cars XK140 replica as the 'Rolls Royce' of specialist car production.
Established in 2010 and based near Diss in Norfolk, Old Empire Motorcycles are not like other custom bike builders. In their own words:
"Old Empire Motorcycles founding was born through an absolute and enduring passion for everything two wheeled and The House Of Assembly (HOA) is where we pay daily homage to the gods of speed and fuel. Its the place where we meet, greet, drill, weld, cut, grind, turn, mill, hammer, roll and notch to our hearts content to create and display our bespoke motorcycles.........."Unlike most custom bike builders in the UK we do not stick to styling ‘rules’ but focus on creating the very best we possibly can with what we are given".
OVIK CROSSWAY design and manufacture a range of specialist and armoured vehicles and chassis systems. The company was founded in 2008 by brothers Jez and Duncan Hermer, the former having 23 years of service in the British Army, with several years spent with the Royal Marines All Terrain Vehicle (protected programme). For several years, OVIK produced a number of highly innovative specialist defence, support and utility vehicles for customers who included several police forces and the UK MOD. Since 2012 OVIK has been developing a new range of vehicles based upon its own CROSSWAY chassis systems
All the vehicles based on this system also go by the brand name CROSSWAY. OVIK now only designs, manufactures and supplies specialist vehicles based on the CROSSWAY STRIVE-44 and STRIVE-66 chassis systems and under the CROSSWAY marque. The name OVIK is derived from the Swedish town of Ornskoldsvik and the company is based in Dorset.