The International Guild of Specialist Engineers grows at Race Retro

  • The Guild’s training partner Emtec Colleges and bespoke automotive solution provider Envisage share stand with TIGOSE
  • TIGOSE project, the Steady Special, launched on Motor Sport magazine stand
  • TIGOSE Members also had individual stands at the show

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ presence at Race Retro 2015 (20-22 February) was a particularly vociferous one: not only did the association have a dedicated stand in Hall 2, shared with its training partner, Emtec Colleges (which delivers the Guild’s Apprenticeship Programme) and bespoke automotive solution provider (and TIGOSE Member) Envisage Group, but it also celebrated the unveiling of the TIGOSE-centred Lancia Astura Steady Special. Several TIGOSE Members had their individual stands at Race Retro, evidence of the association’s main thrust in historic engineering and manufacturing.

“It is the second Race Retro appointment for The International Guild of Specialist Engineers, and we have grown exponentially over the last year,” said a beaming Michael Scott, founder of the Guild and owner of the Steady Special unveiled at the show. “Our Apprenticeship Programme is provided by Emtec Colleges, which trains young people in traditional skills and modern technology for the Guild Members. We are lucky enough to have the support of Cranfield University Programme Director and TIGOSE Steering Panel Member, Clive Temple. We have strong, supportive Preferred and Commercial Partners whose fields of expertise cover everything, from 3D design (Central Scanning) to business advice (motor trade-focused accountants and business advisers Khan Thornton), private banking (EFG), specialist insurance and risk management provider (Aston Scott) and a prestigious auction house (H&H).”

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers gathers the top talents and businesses in the classic and historic racing car industry: at Race Retro, its President, British designer Tony Southgate, unveiled the Lancia Astura Steady Special whose restoration was completed with the help of TIGOSE Members; Michael Scott was interviewed on the Feature Stage about TIGOSE and the Apprenticeship Programme, as well as the “labour of love” that was the Lancia’s restoration.

Fellow stand-holder Envisage brought example pieces that their highly-skilled teams had hand-crafted, formed and welded together using traditional panel-forming techniques: a polished boot lid and a spun and laser-cut light shroud. Envisage offer solutions to support prestigious OEMs, ranging in project size, and including turnkey solutions. With core business capabilities including Technical Recruitment, Design, Engineering, Visioneering’s model making, Coachbuilt Manufacture (for low-volume), as well as expertise in CAD Technology, Envisage epitomises the depth and width of skills supported and promoted by TIGOSE.

Emtec Colleges, which also shared TIGOSE’s stand, was at hand throughout the weekend to offer advice to young enthusiasts and teenagers looking into carving out a career for themselves in a competitive and richly historical industry.

Elsewhere at the show, TIGOSE Members carried out brisk business on their stands: Laranca Engineering displayed its splendid BMW 3.0 CSL as well as a selection of motor sport parts manufactured for competitors and high blue-chip companies in the World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship, and for classic touring cars, among others.

Central Scanning demonstrated the latest Artec Eva handheld scanner and a Stratasys 3D printer as well as a Steinbichler Comet L3D 8M, doing ‘live’ scanning at the show; they also had the Porsche RS60 Spyder replica created after Central Scanning scanned the original in Germany and designed the wooden buck. The car has been manufactured using traditional craftsmanship complemented by 3D Technology.

Tandler Precision showed examples of a wide variety of crown wheel and pinions and gears that they have manufactured for historic and competition vehicles over the years.

Triumph specialist Jigsaw had two cars on their stand: one, the Le Mans Spitfire Evocation, is now being finished to customer’s specification with a view to competing later in the 2015 season. It is built to be eligible for MGCC Ecurie GTS, AMOC Equipe GTS or CSCC Classic K race series.

The second was a car that had not been seen for some years, the 1966 Modsports GT6, built by Chris Williams, which he campaigned in the Seventies, finishing 6th overall in the 1973 Modsports Championship. Shown as it was found, Jigsaw hope to have it out and about later this season and back with its fellow Modsports racers in the CSCC series.

Race Retro turned into a great day of driving for TIGOSE Member BGMsport, who took a Ford RS200, Skoda Octavia WRC, Vauxhall Chevette HSR, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, two Ford Sierra Cosworths and a Lotus Ford Cortina for much action outside on a live rally stage. Over the weekend, members of the BGMsport team also shared their experiences on the Race Retro Feature Stage.

“We plan to continue adding valuable workshops, garages and businesses to the Guild, promote their activities to the outside world, and provide them with continuous support and tailored services,” said Michael Scott. “Race Retro was yet another opportunity to celebrate our Members’ achievements in the industry, and reinforce the Guild’s presence within it.”

For more information about Envisage Group, Tandler Precision, Central Scanning, Laranca Engineering, Jigsaw and BGMsport, as well as other Guild Members and Preferred Partners Aston Scott, EFG, H&H and Khan Thornton, visit