Continuous expansion for TIGOSE in 2016

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The International Guild of Specialist Engineers continues to expand in 2016


  • The Guild gains a new Commercial Partners and a new Member
  • Participation at major UK industry events, promoting Guild Members and apprenticeships


‪TIGOSE (The International Guild of Specialist Engineers) starts the year with a new Commercial Partner and a new Member, who join top specialists and businesses in the classic car and historic racing car industry, as part of the Guild.

Helix Autosport is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, a hotbed of technological excellence in the automotive industry; a leading supplier of hand-made clutches and flywheels, famous for their reliability and performance (both on and off the race circuit) Helix Autosport prides itself on designing, machining, assembling and testing its entire product range in-house. Helix joins TIGOSE as the latest Commercial Partner.

“I feel that there is a unique match of interests and expertise between Helix Autosport and TIGOSE Members and their businesses,” says Helix Autosport Managing Director Terry Ormerod.

TIGOSE Commercial Partners are businesses whose activities, products or services, directly or indirectly, support the classic car and historic racing car industry and, by extension, TIGOSE Members.

Jersey-based Art Metal, a brand new company which has just settled into its new large premises on the island, is owned by coachbuilder and artist Neil McKenzie, whose own expertise spans over two decades. Art Metal specialises in the restoration of original hand-formed aluminium automotive bodywork, bespoke creations, replica projects and custom part fabrication. McKenzie also creates metal sculpture artwork by commission.

“We work closely on many Aston Martin-related projects, from overall metal restoration to manufacturing parts; in fact, most recently we manufactured an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato’s fuel tank for Aston Service Dorset, from original factory drawings to exact specifications. TIGOSE is a very special and exclusive club of which any serious specialist ought to be part,” adds Neil McKenzie.

TIGOSE recently attended the Autosport Engineering Show, part of Autosport International. As its Members and Partners all contribute in the fields of historic motorsport and performance engineering, TIGOSE will next be seen at the London Classic Car Show, taking place on the last weekend of February.

Log in for information about membership benefits, a full list of Members, Commercial Partners and Preferred Partners. TIGOSE also has a Facebook Page and a LinkedIn Group.


Note to Editors:


The International Guild of Specialist Engineers, founded by Michael Scott, is in its third full operating year and has over seventy Members among the top restorers in Europe. Guild Members, as well as Commercial and Preferred Partners, are mutually supportive and enjoy a range of services and benefits; The Guild has British designers Tony Southgate and Peter Stevens as its President and vice-President, respectively.


New TIGOSE Commercial Partner and Members:



Helix Autosport:

Terry Ormerod


Unit 1G

Vantage Business Park

Bloxham Road



OX16 9UX


Tel: +44 (0) 1295 701076


Art Metal:

Neil McKenzie,




Unit 9 Springside

La Rue de la Monnaie




Channel Islands


Tel: +44 (0) 7797 851836



TIGOSE and Cranfield University: historic racing

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22 October 2015


The International Guild of Specialist Engineers Member, Clive Temple, MSc Programme Director at Cranfield University, encouraged his new cohort of Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc students to divert their attention away from modern motorsport and focus on its historic aspect.

In line with TIGOSE’s aim to celebrate all activities relating to classic motorised vehicles, and encourage young people to nurture an interest in historic motorsport, Clive was competing in his 1929 Riley Brooklands at Silverstone, with his students assisting on the day; they also took the opportunity to look closely at the wide range of cars racing at the AMOC meeting.

“Many of the Cranfield Masters students see their career paths leading to F1, WEC, WRC and other series, but I am keen that they shouldn’t forget the roots of a sport to which we have dedicated our lives,” said Temple.

TIGOSE launched the first Classic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship in the UK last year; together with training partner Emtec Colleges, The Guild provides a tailored and structured frame of learning to young people who wish to work in the classic car restoration industry.

Log in for a full list of Members, Commercial Partners and Preferred Partners. TIGOSE also has a Facebook Page and a LinkedIn Group.

Photo credit: Eleonora (Nora) Rhijnsburger, Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc student.

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Fuzz Townshend launches TIGOSE’s Apprenticeship Programme

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8 December 2014

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ Classic Car Restoration Apprenticeship launched by classic car world celebrity Fuzz Townshend

  • TV presenter, classic car restoration business owner and Classic Friendly founder Fuzz Townshend launches TIGOSE Programme at Emtec Colleges workshops, Nottingham
  • The first and only specialised course of its kind in the UK

The first historic and classic vehicle restoration Apprenticeship Programme in the UK – conceived by TIGOSE founder Michael Scott – was launched by TV personality Fuzz Townshend today.

A new partnership between dedicated automotive centre Emtec Colleges (part of Central College, Nottingham) and TIGOSE (The International Guild of Specialist Engineers), the Programme is structured around the IMI’s Classic Vehicle Restoration Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas and regularly monitored by an IMI Lead External Verifier.

Motoring journalist and classic car expert Fuzz Townshend was at hand to welcome the first apprentices and visiting students on the first day of the programme. “I appreciated the opportunities offered by my own apprenticeship, gained many years ago,” said Fuzz. “As a college lecturer, journalist, hands-on restorer and founder of Classic Friendly (a network of classic car garages), I also know that apprenticeships have moved on significantly since I started out, and so has the business of car restoration. Once achieved the fundamental skills, you can focus on specific marques, or building classic race engines. I’ve worked around the world, on cars ranging from just hundreds of pounds to half a million and more, learning all the time. It’s an exciting and emotive business: people love their cars and will expect the highest level of workmanship from you, but it’s immensely rewarding if you have the skills and share that enthusiasm. A dedicated apprenticeship programme is exactly what is needed to bring new talent and young people into a thriving business.”

Fuzz also added, about The International Guild of Specialist Engineers: “TIGOSE is bringing the excellence in this sector forward, raising standards all the time. The classic car restoration business has been perceived to be a little ‘backyard’ in the past but now the specialist skills needed to bring some of these luxury and rare vehicles back to their former glory is being recognised and appreciated.”

TIGOSE, in conjunction with Emtec Colleges, has devised an extensive programme with modules covering Paint, Panel, Trim, Customer Service, Parts and Machine Shop Engineering. Vehicles Restoration Apprentices acquire specific knowledge and competencies that can be put into direct action back in their workshops upon their return from the Academy.

“Our partnership with associations such as TIGOSE, the IMI and local companies such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists shows us that there is a real need for the industry to develop young people to be tomorrow’s classic car restorers,” says Jon Rawson, Head of Emtec Colleges, whose own daughter is embarking in an automotive engineering course at the company’s Nottingham premises.

TIGOSE founder Michael Scott, whose brainchild the Apprenticeship Programme is, was delighted: “it is a real comfort to see The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ project take off as the first of its kind in the UK. I consider our programme the Rolls-Royce of all other similar, but not as all-encompassing, initiatives. Well-known celebrity Fuzz Townshend is an inspiration for all young people with a passion for classic cars, so we were delighted to have him launch our Apprenticeship Programme today.”

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