Our History | About | Crosthwaite & Gardiner

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Dick Crosthwaite working on Bugattis in the late when parts were available from the famous factory. At the same time, Gardiner was working as a toolmaker. forces in the 1960’s, Dick and took on a garage in Lamberhurst, when they wanted to buy a of magnetos inside the derelict but ended up having to buy the garage in to get the magnetos! Crosland Engineering was and they worked as classic car and a BMW garage. After realising Lamberhurst wasn’t necessarily the logic place for a BMW garage 17 staff they looked to a new

After moving to the current premises at Buxted in 1969, and Gardiner as we know it today, was Their beginnings with continue to this day as every of Bugatti, bar the Royale, has been their workshops. Buying original pattern equipment and over the years and the need to parts for the cars that been through the doors resulted in Crosthwaite and Gardiner the largest stock of Bugatti in the world.

Adding to the Bugatti Crosthwaite and Gardiner created a for themselves by manufacturing new components for famous racing marques. A of projects to re-manufacture some of the famous historic racing led to brand new Coventry Climax Maserati Birdcage, Jaguar LWE and engines all of which still the strongest product lines the company offers.

In the 1960’s, Dick and John ran two of the historic racing protagonists, Corner and the Right Honourable Lindsay. When Dick and prepared Neil’s T35 all the other were being run and prepared by the so Dick and John were the company to offer a professional preparation service for vintage Some of the highlights where Neil Corner’s Mercedes at the Monaco GP support race in 19. and John Cobb’s Napier Dick and John looked many collectors of some of the famous racing cars including ‘Remus’, Prince ERA which is the most raced car of all countless Maserati 250F’s, the front engined GP Ferrari and the dominant BRM P25.

During the 1970’s Crosthwaite and ran Alan de Cadenet’s Le Mans A low budget entry compared to the teams of Ferrari, Matra and meant that skill, guile and a little slice of was used in abundance. The high of the annual outings to La Sarthe, was in when the team finished the 24 hour race third Using secondhand tyres the other teams out the back of the they ended up with the teams in the front of the garage to work out how they were so well.

At a similar time, and Gardiner designed and built the kit car. A Jaguar-powered car with a resemblance to a Frazer Nash Le replica, the Kougar was a great The rights for the Kougar were sold to allow the company to on the company’s other activities and the are still being made

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The biggest and longest on-going for Crosthwaite and Gardiner came an old friend and customer of Dick and Neil Corner. Restoring 1939 Mercedes Benz and Auto Union D-type led to the of two more D-types for Paul This work attracted the of Audi, who commissioned Crosthwaite and to create brand new recreations of the cars. Seven new builds covering all of the models including the streamliner car and having worked on all of the Auto Unions in existence, and Gardiner are the experts in the pre-war Arrows.

Crosthwaite and Gardiner have invested in the tooling and information to the best parts possible. continual investment has resulted in a office full of over original and CAD drawings, a pattern with thousands sandcasting patterns and a machine shop with some of the latest CNC mixed with traditional engineering machines.

A brand new to the existing buildings has seen a new department, pattern store and shop, all of which will be valued additions to the existing

Currently, brand new part new race engine building, and gearbox rebuilding, car restoration, new car and race car preparation all play an part in Crosthwaite and Gardiner’s

The history of Crosthwaite and Gardiner is one of the important factors in the company’s and future. Since the 1960’s, the has been at the forefront of the historic racing world.

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