Gladstone Motorcycles is the first bespoke British motorcycle brand to come to the market since 1984. Gladstone Motorcycle’s mantra is simple: To design and build limited production runs of the finest handmade British motorcycles available and to compliment that aspiration with a range of Gladstone designed bicycles, luxury clothing and accessories.
Henry Cole is the CEO of Gladstone Motorcycles. Cole is a lifelong passionate motorcycle enthusiast, writer, adventurer and TV presenter of two long running TV series: World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides (Travel Channel Worldwide) and The Motorbike Show (ITV4).
Cole’s Great Great Uncle was Gladstone the Prime Minister but it was another Gladstone who left an indelible and everlasting impression on him at the tender age of twelve.
His name was Uncle Dick “Red Beard” Gladstone. Born in 1898 he was a true British eccentric who lived in Cole’s home city of Liverpool in a rambling abode where he fettled and rode the best of British motorcycles.
An eclectic mix of Brough Superiors, Triumphs and BSA’s jostled for position with dusty, abandoned 18th century furniture in Red Beard’s musty and mystical garage. When Cole wandered round said garage as a boy he knew the feelings that it inspired would constitute a key part of his life at some point and so now it shall!
So the company is called Gladstone Motorcycles, the logo is an interpretation of Cole’s side of the Gladstone families’ Crest. Gladstone Motorcycles will build the most exquisite, bespoke, limited runs of the quintessential British handmade motorcycles combining Gladstone’s relationships with the most famous British engine and frame manufacture with Gladstone’s vision for what dictates the perfect incarnation of two wheeled individualism.
The company's strapline is: "Handmade British motorcycles for discerning hooligans"!
Gordon Murray Automotive
For anyone with the slightest interest in motoring affairs, the name Gordon Murray will be a familiar one. For many years (1969-1991) he was a highly succesfull designer of Formula 1 race cars for both the Brabham and McLaren teams. However, the project he is probably more widely known for is the design and creation of the legendary McLaren F1 in 1989, the fastest production car of its time, the finest sports car of its generation and for many, the greatest supercar ever built. Today, the few on sale command truly enormous values.
In 2007 Gordon Murray Design consultancy was established and the first fruits of this was the lightwieght T25 city car programme, using a unique manufacturing process. Many other projects followed including involvement with the revived TVR's new Griffith and the Rocket, an ultra-lightweight, open cockpit roadster powered by a one litre motorcycle engine. In September 2016 it was announced that Murray had been appointed to develop the Ox, a flat pack low-cost vehicle for the British charity Global Vehicle Trust.
In summer 2020, the long anticipated T50 supercar was unveiled, regarded by many as the true successor to the F1. This highly innovative hyper GT has been engineered to be the purest, lightest, most driver-centric supercar ever. and which Professor Murray believes is his ultimate car design.
The T50 will be bullt in limited numbers at the company's headquarters in Guildford, Surrey, starting in early 2022.
Grinnall Specialist Cars Ltd, based near Bewdley in Worcestershire, is a centre for radical sports car design and home of the Scorpion. For nearly twenty years, Grinnall's talented team of designers, engineers and craftsmen have dedicated themselves to providing top quality performance on wheels.
The company's reputation, under their founder Mark Grinnall, was first made by its extensively reworked and refined conversions of the Triumph TR7. By 1990 some 350 Triumph TR8s had been made. The Triumph Register now recognises the Grinnall TR8 as a marque in its own right.
Then, in 1991 the company took a new direction and began work on the design of an innovative, high-tech three wheeler which became the Scorpion 111 and then in 1998, due to popular demand, they began developing a four wheeled version to become known as the Scorpion 1V. The Scorpion 111 is available with a wide range of BMW powerplants and Grinnall is a BMW 'partner' with an Original Equipment Manufacturer supply status, which allows them to buy engines and parts directly from the manufacturer. Grinnall are also well-known fo making a range of exciting trikes (three-wheeled motorcycles), based on Triumph and BMW motorbikes.
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.