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.
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.*
* “Ford” and “Mustang” are registered trademarks of Ford Motor Company. Charge Automotive Ltd is not connected, sponsored, approved, endorsed nor, in any way, affiliated with the holder of these marks.