2012 Vanwall logo.
Vanwall was founded in the early 1950’s in West London to win the World Championship and be the first British car to take on and beat the famous Italian racing teams. In 1958 Vanwall competed with three drivers, Stirling Moss (wins in Holland, Portugal and Morocco) Tony Brooks (wins in Belgium, Germany and Italy), and Stuart Lewis-Evans.
In August 2003 Arthur Wolstenholme discussed with the Dana Corporation of USA and Vandervell Bearings the name of Vanwall and the possibility of bringing back the Vanwall name for an exciting new range of high performance cars for both road and track.
In November 2003 an agreement was reached for Arthur Wolstenholme to lease the world exclusive rights under licence of the famous and highly regarded historic Vanwall name. The company Vanwall Cars was formed and design and development started on new designs to carry the Vanwall name back into high performance cars and motor sport.
The first of these new designs, the Vanwall GPR V12 was first released at the Historic Motor Sports Show fourteen months later in February 2005.
Vanwall is back.
The famous name of Vanwall is returning to the manufacture of high performance sports cars. Glacier Vandervell Bearings, part of the USA based Dana Corporation, has granted exclusive rights for use of the Vanwall marque to a newly formed, independent company – Vanwall Cars.
Arthur Wolstenholme, founder and Managing Director, has extensive experience in car design and manufacture and since 1984, has designed cars both of the 50’s era and also modern design, state of the art, carbon fibre sports cars.
2004 marks a return after some 40 years of absence for the name Vanwall, which will be carried on future high performance sports and racing cars.
The company will be looking to a return to racing in some form, but details are not yet available. One of the new cars to be hand built will be a replica of the classic single-seat Vanwall, which will be both road legal and suitable for use at track days. Other two-seater, Vanwall inspired, road-going cars are also being planned for future introduction.
“It is a considerable responsibility to have guardianship of such a historic and well respected marque,” commented Arthur Wolstenholme. “The importance of continuing the high performance and quality features of such well respected cars is paramount.”
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