TIGOSE was out in force at last weekend’s London Classic Car Show with 15 member and partner companies exhibiting at Excel.
Morgan Motor Company, which has just signed up as the first OEM member of TIGOSE, made its debut appearance at the show, with MD Steve Morris, a former apprentice of the Malvern-based carmaker, driving the very last Plus 8 down the Grand Avenue, the show’s own ‘car catwalk’.
The London Morgan dealership represented the quintessentially British marque on the TIGOSE stand, displaying the iconic Roadster and 3-wheeler. Meanwhile, fellow new member and Porsche specialist Paul Stephens showcased two of only 10 Le Mans Classic Clubsport 911s, created by his bespoke AutoArt division.
The two newcomers were joined by a ‘baker’s dozen’ of other TIGOSE members and partners: 3Dealise; Anglo American Oil; Aston Lark; Barnet and Southgate College; DC Electronics; GD Law; Haynes International Motor Museum; Hemmels; Heritage Skills Academy; Renaissance Classics; Supagard; Swindon Powertrain; Tandler Precision Ltd.
As well as demonstrating their specialist skills on their stands and display areas, several members – namely, Heritage Skills Academy, Barnet and Southgate College and Haynes International Motor Museum – took part in the ‘TRAILBLAZERS Apprentice Forum’ in the Supagard Theatre.
The two sessions of animated discussion, led by Tiff Needell and Michael Scott, highlighted the importance of apprenticeships to the heritage sector and the opportunities available to young people in the classic car world.
Another highlight was the presentation of The 96 Club and The Guild’s Colin Pool Memorial ‘Spirit de la Sarthe’ Trophy by racing legend Gordon Spice, Michael Scott and Charles Pool to the Ginetta Le Mans team for being the highest placed British Team at the 24 hours race in 2018.
Michael Scott said:
“The London Classic Car Show marked the beginning of another successful year for The Guild and I am delighted with the turnout and involvement of TIGOSE members at this year’s show – not only those exhibiting but our colleagues who visited us on Friday.
The show has provided a valuable opportunity to showcase the work that we and our members do to promote and represent the specialist and talented craftsmen in our industry.
I am delighted that our new members Morgan Motor Company and Paul Stephens were able to join us at the show as part of the TIGOSE family. I’m also pleased to report that we spoke with several prospective members at Excel and hope to sign up them up soon.”