Herald Motor Company is a British motorcycle manufacturer and importer based in Cambridgeshire. It entered the motorbike sector over a decade ago working with partners to import classically-styled motorbikes. They go over each bike from top to bottom and their team of dedicated mechanics test ride each one.
Their passion for motorbikes meant the goal was always to design and manufacture in Britain. As a division of an award-winning engineering company, Herald can design and produce parts in-house and have the facilities to develop and manufacture their own British-built motorcycles. The Brute 500 is the first bike to be designed and built at their headquarters in Huntingdon. Having completed the prototype, the next stage is final testing and development ready for sales in late 2019.
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.
Foers Engineering Ltd, who produce the rugged Ibex off-roader, was founded by John Foer in 1975, and he came up with the Ibex concept after realising there was a need for an off-road vehicle that could bridge the gap between a Land Rover Defender and an ATV. Built in an unassuming industrial estate in the steel town of Rotherham, Foers Engineering’s Ibex is essentially a Defender that’s been on the protein pills.
The first prototype was built for a Scottish hill farmer in 1988 and is still in use today. In fact, all Ibexes built to date are still running, apart from one stolen vehicle that was never recovered.
David Foer, John's son, took on the business after leaving his job as a vehicle developer for engineering firm Ricardo and the current F8 model, the fourth generation of the vehicle, is his own design. David does much of the construction work himself, helped by a band of specialist freelance engineers and fabricators.
The F8 is available in a number of body styles, chassis lengths and powerplant options. Buyers have three options for buying an Ibex – a complete vehicle with brand-new components, a complete vehicle with new chassis and used engine and running gear, or a monocoque kit.
Although it can trace its roots back as far as 1922, the first car to be called a Jaguar was the SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon, launched in 1935. Since then the name Jaguar has become synonymous with the development and production of fast, beautifully designed sports and saloon cars. The old company slogan of 'Grace, Space and Pace' could still be said to hold true to Jaguar's current ethos.
The following decades saw Jaguar produce many iconic models, the E-Type and Mark II probably the most fondly remembered, and enjoy some great achievements on the race track. Now, after several changes of ownership over the past few years, Jaguar is enjoying great success again under its new owners, since 2008, of Tata Motors of India.
They now build the XE, XF, F-TYPE and F-PACE model ranges at their factories in Castle Bromwich and Solihull, Birmingham. The long-running XJ series has finally been discontinued with a new fully electric model expected in 2020.