On Wednesday 20th October 2016 a group of Fellows were privileged to be invited to visit the Ginetta factory in Leeds.
The four Walklett brothers founded Ginetta in 1958 and by the time it was acquired by Lawrence Tomlinson in 2005 it had gained a reputation as a well-respected racecar manufacturer
Under Lawrence Tomlinson’s direction Ginetta has built on that reputation to place the UK at the heart of world-class motor sport, both selling cars and training some of the brightest stars in world motorsport.
We were welcomed in the splendid oak panelled Boardroom by Alex Fox who provided a magnificent lunch before introducing Ewan Baldry, Technical Director of Ginetta, who was to be our host for the visit.
Ewan commenced with a fascinating presentation and it soon became evident just how passionate everybody was about manufacturing world-class racecars. In particular the great pride that they take in producing as much as possible in-house was very evident.
Every car is produced in a 75,000 square foot state-of-the-art factory in Garforth just outside Leeds where they build 120 cars a year, primarily race cars, although within that number are approximately 35 road cars.
Ginetta provide a natural progression for aspiring youngsters from their first race at the age of 14 right through the motor racing ladder to international stardom.
The Ginetta range starts with the Ginetta G40, which forms the backbone of the Ginetta Racing Driver’s Club, through to the G55 and the ultimate G57, which is considered to be the fastest LMP3 car in the world.
Ewan provided us with a fascinating tour of the design and manufacturing facilities where the passion of the 70 employees was evident for us all to see.
At the end of the tour, FMI Chairman Peter Lewis-Jones thanked Ewan for his splendid hospitality and such a fascinating tour. It was a great privilege to have such an interesting and detailed insight into the world of Ginetta.