Based in Ilminster, Somerset, Bensport Ltd have collectively over 100 years experience working with Derby and Crewe built Rolls-Royce & Bentley motor cars. Using this wealth of knowledge and expertise they have dedicated themselves to producing La Sarthe. A coach built car of their own design, built using the best of traditional and modern techniques. Sitting on a lovingly restored, original R-Type or MkVI chassis, this is the Grand Tourer we believe encapsulates the spirit of Bentley in the style of the 1950s.
n 1946, Rolls-Royce had replaced the 4 1/4 Derby Bentley with the new Mk6. With its independent front suspension and massively increased chassis stiffness, this car really did make the Derby Bentley feel very old. What if the factory had entered a car for Le Mans in the 1950s? They would have used the Mk6 or the later R-Type chassis. What would it have looked like, and could it have won? This was our inspiration for designing La Sarthe. The car we believe could have entered Le Mans in the 1950s and won. Inspired by racing and built with the care and attention the modern Bentley marque demands.
In order to recreate this halcyon era of exclusive motoring, Bensport have produced the La Sarthe, a beautiful, lightweight 2-door coupé body fitted to a fully rebuilt Bentley R-Type chassis from the mid 1950s. They plan to start a limited production run of the La Sarthe in 2014. The name is taken from the home of the 24 hours of Le Mans race.
Bentley Motors was founded by W.O.Bentley in 1919 when the first Bentley engine burst into life at New Street Mews, London. From these modest beginnings, W.O.'s company went from strength to strength through the 1920s, with an evolving series of acclaimed motor cars and a parade of racing triumphs to prove their outstanding performance. These laurels were capped with five outright victories at Le Mans between 1924-1930 and a sixth in 2003. If there were mission statements in those days, it could not have been expressed more eloquently than than in the words of W.O. himself, "to build a good car, a fast car, the best in class".
These words are just as relevant today as they continue to inform the company's beliefs, actions and ambitions for the future. Located in Crewe, Cheshire since 1946 and owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, Bentley Motors is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourers with the stamina to cross continents at pace, and drive in refined comfort and style. They currently manufacture the, Flying Spur, Continental GT and Bentayga models.
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.