As a premium car storage facility based close to Goodwood, our sole focus is to provide our clients with exclusive, fully tailored car storage. And that’s why we have a group of trusted affiliates within the automotive industry who we know we can rely on. In short, we’ve ensured that whatever our clients need, we’ll know a professional who can help. We are pleased to welcome a new partner to our portfolio, Historic Automobiles. Simon and his son, George, who own and operate the company, restore and maintain classic race cars. Read on to discover more about Historic Automobiles.
Historic Automobiles – New Partners at our Premium Car Storage Facility:
Q: Where did Simon first develop his passion for historic and classic vehicles?
Simon’s first passion for racing and racing engineering began at a very young age, following formula one legends like Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and John Surtees. Back in the 60s, these champions were known and looked up to as true sporting heroes.
Q: Can you tell us how Historic Automobiles began?
Simon began his career in engineering sweeping the floors and making cups of tea. But he always envisioned starting his own business to carry on the great age of the 50s, 60s and 70s race cars. After over thirty years working at the company Lanzante, he began his own company’s journey. Historic Automobiles was born from a vision where classic road car or race car users could take their vehicles to the next level. He aimed to provide clients with unbeatable customer service in restoring and maintaining their race cars. Historic Automobiles ensures their customers and their vehicles get to the best and most exciting racing events creating unforgettable memories.
Q: How has the business evolved over the years?
Historic Automobiles opened its doors in 2004 and has evolved massively. Initially, Simon ran a Bizzarrini Livorno, Ford GT40 and an Aston martin DB3. Now we work on over fifteen permanent race cars, with other ‘in and out’ jobs. As the business grew, we required larger premises and moved from Red Lion Garage in the old village of Thursley to Upper Adhurst farm in Petersfield.
Q: How far and wide do you travel so that owners of classic cars can benefit from your services?
Over the years, we have restored and maintained race cars that have competed at the likes of the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and many more. Motor racing is something that allows one to see much of the world. We travel far and wide, including Spa Francorchamps and Monza. We’ve travelled to South Africa and many, many more worldwide destinations.
Q: What’s your favourite race circuit and why?
That has to be Spa. We appreciate its remarkable history. But we also love it because we’ve had one of our biggest wins there. We won the historic Spa Six Hour race in 2014 and 2015.
Q: What services do you offer that help classic car owners go from road to racing circuit?
We’re very passionate about finding precisely what the customer and the car need to reach their full potential. Every circuit and its conditions pose new challenges, and each customer will have a different setup on their race car. Some of our customers are new to racing and only used to driving their pride and joy on the road. However, with driver tuition and our help, they gain confidence through test days and track days, seeing improvement and always looking for that extra second a lap.
Q: What is the most unusual or rarest car you’ve ever restored, maintained, or prepared for racing?
We are fortunate to work with unique vehicles daily. But there are always some that are beyond a privilege to work on. One of them was the Maserati 250F, a 1954 Formula one car driven by the great legends of Stirling Moss and Roy Salvadori. The car has so much history and is currently making new history with a Belgian client. It’s one of the most memorable race cars out there.
We’re delighted to work with South Downs Secure (close to Goodwood) at their premium car storage facility, maintaining some of their client’s incredible classic cars from the 50s and 60s.
If you have a classic vehicle stored at our premium car storage facility near Goodwood and would like to know more about the services that Historic Automobiles offers, contact us HERE.