Berkeley produced a range of unique sportscars at the Berkeley Coachworks factory in Bedfordshire between 1956 and 1960. They featured a composite chassis and the use of two stroke motorcycle engines, an idea that was so ahead of its time, that it was rediscovered some 40 years later.
Reviving the British manufacturing brand, industrial designer Martin Rees partnered with motorsport engineer Simon Scleater to re-open the doors of Berkeley Coachworks, located at Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, in 2020 to manufacture a range of low-volume, high technology vehicles.
They plan to launch two models in Spring 2021, the Bandit Roadster and GT, both available with petrol or electric powertrains.
Berkeley originated at the Old Warden airfield in the 1940’s, manufacturing vehicles using recycled aircraft components, and, given the founders’ combined experience in the aerospace and automotive world, Berkeley Sportscars will continue to re-establish links between both. Key technology and materials used in the road cars are tested in the extreme environment of air racing.
Berkeley Coachworks continues to stand for British Engineering excellence and innovation, and will retain its original focus on lightweight, high performance vehicles and classic, beautiful designs while adding a modern, fresh purpose to the brand’s 2020 story.
Bill Rawles has been involved with classic cars for over thirty years, having founded the largest Austin Healey workshop in Southern England and established the name around the world.
He sold this very successful business in 2007 to set up Bill Rawles Classic Cars Ltd. This new venture caters for all makes of Classics and has Bill firmly at the helm with a wealth of experience, knowledge and strong skill structure. Quality control is of the upmost importance and attention to detail essential. Bill has been involved in Historic Motorsport for over 15 years and has campaigned his Austin Healey 3000 to many podium places. Race and Rally preparation and support including transportation is available.
In addition to the wide range of expert services in all things Austin Healey, Bill was asked to build a 'new' Austin Healey 100 S racer for a client. Such was the success and customer satisfaction of this project that he is now offering this unique opportunity to aquire a re-manufactured 100 S, one of the most iconic and sought-after of all Austin Healeys.
He will take customer commissions and the 100 S will be built at their premises in Medstead in Hampshire.
BIZ Karts is part of the family run BIZ Group based in London. Founded in 1816, B.I.Z., which stood for Builders Iron & Zinc Work, supplied sheet metal & building materials to the trade. Over time, the BIZ Group has evolved and now consists of 3 companies: BIZ Karts, BIZ Engineering & BIZ Power Tools. BIZ Karts is one of the leading go-kart suppliers in the world and they have been manufacturing karts for over 20 years.
BIZ Karts was set up in 1994 when Mike Smith, Managing Director of the BIZ Group, met with some of the leading figures in the UK Karting industry. They were looking for a new company to house their ambitions and provide the UK Karting market with a friendly service that customers could trust. Since then the company has grown considerably, providing karts & service to customers across the world. The current business is now mainly focused on the manufacture of commercial (rental) karts and they can be found at commercial karting venues across the world. Their range now includes electric karts, petrol karts, race karts, off-road karts and 2-seater karts.
Behind Blizzard Motor Cars Ltd is a wealth of great history and experience in the British classic car industry. The founders, Stephen Pearson & Christopher Pearson of Chesman Motorsport, and Jeremy Padgett of Padgett Motor Engineers, started a journey together back in 2015 to build one of the finest classic vehicles seen for decades: the Blizzard.
Chesman Motorsport is owned and managed by father and son duo Stephen and Christopher Pearson. Founded in the 1950s on the same site where they still stand today, the company has restored and modified some of the world's most successful road and race engines. Stephen has built and developed a team of the world's finest engineers securing a client base of the highest calibre.
Jeremy and Padgett Motor Engineers are Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists of the highest regard. Established 60 years ago in Newbury, Berkshire by Alan Padgett, father of present owner Jeremy, a reputation was built on being the leading authority on R Type Bentley Continentals. Since taking the reins in 1995, Jeremy has continued to build some of the finest concours and race Bentleys in existence.
Coventry-based firm Blizzard Motor Cars are going to build a two-seater sports car based on a Bentley concept model that was designed in 1950, but never made. They will build fifteen examples of the forgotten car to meet modern safety regulations and stringent concours standards. Bentley is aware of the project.
Bowler has grown over the last three decades through the vision and lifelong work of founder Drew Bowler, a skilled and dedicated team, innovate engineering and great customers.
During this time the company has grown from eight people designing and manufacturing 4×4 rally cars and aftermarket parts for UK based customers, from the Bowler family farm in Derbyshire, to a 35 strong team in a dedicated facility with international customers.
Rapid expansion came in 2014 with the commencement of a Bowler initiated and government backed, high profile R&D programme to develop a unique next generation vehicle platform – the Cross Sector Platform (CSP). This can be utilised for a range of vehicle applications including on road, off-road racing, emergency response, defence and protection, humanitarian, filming, utility and exploration.
As the UK pioneers of Rally Raid cars for legendary long distance and extreme off-road racing events such as the Dakar, Africa Eco Race and Baja Aragon, the adventure of racing is in Bowler’s DNA and Bowler cars have competed at the highest levels during this time in the hands of established teams and privateers.
Remaining true to the company’s heritage and Drew’s vision before his sudden passing in 2016, Bowler continues to produce quality performance vehicles for race and road and has integrated its extreme motorsport engineering and competition expertise into wider vehicle R&D.
Based in Derbyshire in the UK, Bowler is proud of its internationally renowned brand, products, services and British engineering values and roots, and harnesses the expertise and passion of a great team, leading technology and craftsmanship to deliver high quality vehicles and innovative engineering solutions and with an unrivalled spirit. Their current principal new-build is the Bowler Bulldog.