The International Guild of Specialist Engineers: a very influential association gathers at the London Classic Car Show
- TIGOSE stand next to the Le Mans display put together with the help of TIGOSE founder Michael Scott
- Moss/Walker fastest and most successful GT car, 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB, on TIGOSE stand
- Several TIGOSE Members also present at the show
With a simultaneous presence in London and at the Autosport Engineering Show in Birmingham, TIGOSE heralded 2015 as a firmly established and exclusive club gathering the top specialists and businesses in the classic car and historic racing car industry.
A dedicated TIGOSE (The International Guild of Specialist Engineers) stand near the Le Mans racers’ display, which was also put together with the help of TIGOSE founder Michael Scott, joined several TIGOSE Members among the exhibitors at the first London Classic Car Show, ExCeL, 8-11 January.
Appropriately, The International Guild’s stand hosted the Stirling Moss/Rob Walker 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta (one of only 3 RHD Competition SWBs and the only RHD ’61 Sefac ‘Hot Rod’) with which Moss raced and won most often (five out of six times, in fact), making it the fastest and most successful GT car in the world. In 2009, Ferrari Classiche completed a two-year total restoration to return the racer to the exact specification it had during Moss’s times.
TIGOSE vice-President and famous car designer Peter Stevens caught up with TIGOSE Members and the public when he visited the show on the Sunday.
Several TIGOSE Members also had a presence at the London Classic Car Show, showing unique classic cars and racers to the 25,000 visitors attending the four-day event: “You don’t spend several decades in the classic and historic competition car industry without forging long-lasting friendships and strong relationships,” said the ever-enthusiastic TIGOSE founder Michael Scott. “TIGOSE draws on these bonds and its entire existence serves the purpose of celebrating the best craftsmanship available in the industry.”
Among the TIGOSE Members, restorer and specialist Hall and Hall had on its stand, prominently, a 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM, with significant South American history, originally belonging to Cisitalia’s owner Dusio, and raced by him in the 1947 and 1948 Mille Miglia races.
Frank Dale, another TIGOSE Member, showed a totally original, one-of-a-kind 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sedanca Coupé, art deco coachwork by Hooper; a very elegant 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupé by Park Ward; a 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupé (the first by H.J. Mulliner) and a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Coupé, again by H.J. Mulliner, and perhaps the classiest of all S2 Continental bodystyles.
TIGOSE Member Jim Stokes Workshops Group chose a 1955 Lancia D50A Formula One (one of five cars painstakingly constructed from original plans); a totally restored 1967 Porsche 912; and a glorious 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C, rebuilt to original specifications.
TIGOSE Preferred Partner and renowned auction house H&H Classics showed a selection of vehicles available for private sale: a 1936 Delahaye Type 135 (Speciale Evocation); a 1948 Jaguar MkIV 3.5 Drophead Coupé, the very first right-hand-drive MkIV built (chassis 001); a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (the model seems to be enjoying a never-ending increase in value and desirability); and the 1951 Tojeiro-JAP first to bear a BHL (Brian Horace Lister) chassis number and the second Tojeiro ever built.
TIGOSE Members CMC (Classic Motor Cars), Eagle E-Types, Hoyle Fox Classics and JD Classics also had stands at the London Classic Car Show.
TIGOSE shared its stand with new partners Emtec Colleges, who deliver the Apprenticeship Programme created for TIGOSE Members and their apprentices. The Emtec team was at hand throughout the event to speak to the public about the bespoke programme and the opportunities offered to young people to become part of an ever-growing industry.