Ginetta Cars Ltd was founded in 1958. The business was an extension of a passion for motor racing and as a result cars produced by the company were predominantly race or road/race. The first model, the G4, was unveiled at the Racing Car Show in 1961 and was aimed squarely at the club racer who wanted a cost effective weekday road car and a weekend racer.
Over the following years, success with the G4 prompted ever more ambitious designs and in 2005 Lawrence Tomlinson, an experienced racing driver and successful businessman bought the company. Yet the aims remain much as they ever were: to continue producing innovative, capable and, above all, affordable sports cars.
The Yorkshire-based company is a major player on the motorsport scene in the UK and abroad. Its own three single-make championships are renowned for their entertaining close racing and cater for novices and the career-minded alike. The company continues to design and manufacture its range of race and road cars in the company's 80,000 square foot factory in Garforth on the outskirts of Leeds. With his ambition to return to racing in the Le Mans Series, Laurence Tomlinson purchased Juno Racing Cars in mid 2014, and the exciting result is a new LMP3 race car, the G57.
Gladstone Motorcycles is the first bespoke British motorcycle brand to come to the market since 1984. Gladstone Motorcycle’s mantra is simple: To design and build limited production runs of the finest handmade British motorcycles available and to compliment that aspiration with a range of Gladstone designed bicycles, luxury clothing and accessories.
Henry Cole is the CEO of Gladstone Motorcycles. Cole is a lifelong passionate motorcycle enthusiast, writer, adventurer and TV presenter of two long running TV series: World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides (Travel Channel Worldwide) and The Motorbike Show (ITV4).
Cole’s Great Great Uncle was Gladstone the Prime Minister but it was another Gladstone who left an indelible and everlasting impression on him at the tender age of twelve.
His name was Uncle Dick “Red Beard” Gladstone. Born in 1898 he was a true British eccentric who lived in Cole’s home city of Liverpool in a rambling abode where he fettled and rode the best of British motorcycles.
An eclectic mix of Brough Superiors, Triumphs and BSA’s jostled for position with dusty, abandoned 18th century furniture in Red Beard’s musty and mystical garage. When Cole wandered round said garage as a boy he knew the feelings that it inspired would constitute a key part of his life at some point and so now it shall!
So the company is called Gladstone Motorcycles, the logo is an interpretation of Cole’s side of the Gladstone families’ Crest. Gladstone Motorcycles will build the most exquisite, bespoke, limited runs of the quintessential British handmade motorcycles combining Gladstone’s relationships with the most famous British engine and frame manufacture with Gladstone’s vision for what dictates the perfect incarnation of two wheeled individualism.
The company's strapline is: "Handmade British motorcycles for discerning hooligans"!
Grinnall Specialist Cars Ltd, based near Bewdley in Worcestershire, is a centre for radical sports car design and home of the Scorpion. For nearly twenty years, Grinnall's talented team of designers, engineers and craftsmen have dedicated themselves to providing top quality performance on wheels.
The company's reputation, under their founder Mark Grinnall, was first made by its extensively reworked and refined conversions of the Triumph TR7. By 1990 some 350 Triumph TR8s had been made. The Triumph Register now recognises the Grinnall TR8 as a marque in its own right.
Then, in 1991 the company took a new direction and began work on the design of an innovative, high-tech three wheeler which became the Scorpion 111 and then in 1998, due to popular demand, they began developing a four wheeled version to become known as the Scorpion 1V. The Scorpion 111 is available with a wide range of BMW powerplants and Grinnall is a BMW 'partner' with an Original Equipment Manufacturer supply status, which allows them to buy engines and parts directly from the manufacturer. Grinnall are also well-known fo making a range of exciting trikes (three-wheeled motorcycles), based on Triumph and BMW motorbikes.
Hesketh Motorcycles was originally formed by Alexander, 3rd Lord Hesketh, in 1980 and for a time the company was based at his country estate at Easton Neston. He was probably better known for his private motor racing team, which gave James Hunt his first taste of success in Formula 1™. During the early part of the 80s the company produced the V1000 and Vampire models, before ceasing full production in 1984. Limited production was maintained until the company was acquired by Paul Sleeman in in 2010.
Production was moved from Nothamptonshire to Surrey, where a new showroom and specialist workshop was opened in affluent Kingswood, near Redhill. In 2012, Paul created the Kingswood V1000, of which only five bespoke machines were produced. With the original V1000 and Vampire models finally ceasing production after 32 years, Hesketh Motorcycles announced an all-new limited edition bike to be called the Hesketh 24. They have since added a further model called the Sonnet.
Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), was established in Swindon, Wiltshire, in 1985 and has been producing cars here since 1992. Honda is committed to manufacturing in the UK and the annual awards and accolades presented to the vehicles built at HUM demostrate the plant's priority on producing high quality products for the European market. Over the last thirty years, Honda has invested over £1.55 billion into its manufacturing operation in Swindon and now employs over 3000 Associates. and has a total production capacity of 250,000 units a year in Car Plants 1 and 2. Swindon is now the world production hub for the 5 door Civic, including the Type R, with the model exported to over 70 countries. A separate plant manufactures engines with the ability to produce 1000 engines a day.