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.
1970 and a keen motorcyclist, Alan Clews, had no ambition to become a motorcycle manufacturer. He worked hard through the week for his wife’s family’s chain of newsagents whilst constantly looking towards the weekend, when he would compete in trials and scramble events.
It was only when his request to purchase a works BSA scrambler was rejected that he decided to build his own competition bike; such was the success of his efforts, that news travelled fast, demand for his services grew and Clews Competition Machines was born in 1971. The letters CCM would become synonymous with multiple successes in motocross, flat-track, trials, supermoto and road racing competition at the highest level.
Alan Clews sadly passed away on May 2nd 2018. His eldest son, Austin, himself a champion motocross rider, now fronts the British manufacturer alongside brother in law Gary Harthern and supported by younger brother Russell and sons Ben and Jack.
The firm is still based in Bolton, Lancashire and with the success of the super lightweight GP450 Adventure bike, now discontinued, behind them, they currently manufacture their highly regarded eight model Spitfire Series.
Charge Automotive is a British company based in London. Their team has extensive experience in the development of luxury and high performance vehicles. Their engineers contributed to various EV projects for Williams F1, McLaren Automotive, Jaguar Land Rover. Moreover, they are passionate about eternal automobile classics
They redefine great classic cars with advanced electric technology while preserving their iconic design and believe in an emission-free future while giving ultimate performance to epic autolegends. They work in intensive collaboration with recognised industry leaders like EV technology company Arrival, the world’s first AI racing platform Roborace and tyre manufacturer Michelin. That brings to their products the most advanced technologies and components including motors, power electronics, battery systems, intelligent software and stunning user interfaces.
After considerable design and development work, they now intend to launch their Mustang EV, based on Ford's iconic 60s classic muscle car.*
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Since 1990, when they took over the the Street Beetle project, the Chesil Motor Company has undergone several changes of ownership, but throughout the intervening years have produced over 500 examples of their highly regarded 365 Speedster replica in both kit form and factory built, both for the UK and overseas markets.
After a period of low volume activity Chesil is now in the capable hands of Westfield Sportscars and the Speedster will join their established line-up of Seven style cars and highly innovative autonomous pods. Production will be centred on Westfield's existing premises at Kingswinford in the West Midlands, under the stewardship of MD Simon Westwood.
Apart from the the conventionally powered Chesil Classic, the new fully electric Chesil E will join the range.
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.