Bryan Wingfield built his first car when he was 17 years of age during the 1950s. Interestingly, it was a 1172cc Ford Special, although his link to the Ford Motor Company was not established until ten years later. He built his first 'modern' car, the Bristol Special with an open-wheel body style whilst he was still living in Glasgow and it was at this time that he was introduced to the Jaguar D-type through David Murray, Wilkie Wilkinson at Ecurie Ecosse, who were running ex-works cars from Merchiston Mews in Edinburgh.
David and Bryan talked about building a rear-engined sports cars based on the Hillman Imp, but unfortuantely the finance could not be raised. Bryan left Scotland in 1960, having completed his college studies and an engineering apprenticeship with Albion Motors, then joined Ford Motor Company and it was at that time that he became drawn into car building, frequently visiting the Ford Advanced Vehicle facility in Slough where the GT40s were built. He also visited Williams & Pritchard, one of the country's best-known race car body builders at the time. He then established his own company in 1974 and his reputation grew. He built reproductions of famous and nostalgic Jaguar Sports Racing Cars of the 1950s and 1960s. as well as various concept cars for prestigious customers the world over. Bryan's interest in motorsport continued to grow and following his retirement from Ford in 1986 developed the business to incorporate the restoration of GT40s including the provision of spare parts, and it was a natural progression from this activity to support GT40 owners in competition.
Bryan built up his own collection of Group C race cars and established Bryan Wingfield Racing and has been an active member of Group C/GTP Racing more or less since the Historic Series began. Any member of the racing cognicentae may have recognized the logo on the side of the Transporter which illustrates a Ford C100. For the past 10 years Bryan has been involved in a project dear to his heart; that of re-building and breathing life into a car that had never been properly tested and raced, the 1983 Ford C100. During July 2007 the car raced at Silverstone for its debut performance. Bryan regarded this more as an extended testing programme as little time has been available to not only complete the project working single-handed, but to carry out the testing programme Bryan would like, since he retired for the second time in his life. It is indeed a remarkable achievement for a man in his seventies. Bryan is encouraged by the car's potential and is looking forward to a few more races yet.
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