A Brief History
the current managing director's grandfather, was a riding mechanic
with the works Salmson racing team in the early twenties. Later,
having started his own London mews garage, he gained a reputation
for working on Bugatti and other fine motor cars.
career in the motor trade began when, upon finishing his apprenticeship
in pattern making, he joined the workshop of the Chequered Flag,
quickly becoming foreman and experiencing the sights and sounds
of the golden age in British motorsport.
he started his own business and competed in his first motor race
in a Mk1Jaguar. This interest in motorsport led to Ivan becoming
the British Production Saloon Car Champion in 1973, but the oil
crisis of the late seventies ended his professional racing career.
The enthusiasm of the Bugatti marque nurtured by his father whose
stories of Brooklands between the wars led to the formation of
the restoration company in 1979.
career in racing Bugatti's began in 1983 in a Type 51, followed
by years of racing a succession of Type 35B models. He now owns
a Type 51, which he runs in significant historic racing events.
With the arrival of the new millennium and Ivan's sixtieth birthday,
he felt it was time to retire and pass the reins to his son, Timothy.
from an early age by Bugattis, Timothy had little chance of
escape. He has spent the last 20 years working on every type
of Bugatti, so is now considered an expert in his own right.
Years of indoctrination means Timothy appreciates all areas
of Bugattis from the touring models through to the Grand Prix
passion is for originality combined with providing the customer
with a reliable and usable car.