As said on the home
page we are located within the World Heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills,
Part of the DerwentValley Mills corridor running from Derby to Matlock.
Transport connections were as
important during the industrial revolution as they are today, and as such we
are very handily placed with easy access to both the A38 and the A52.
We feel it is a perfect setting
for our company due to its work with classic racing motorcycles and cars from
times gone by.
Prior to forming
Derby Road & Race in 2003, I had spent 15 or so years working for my
fathers motorcycle engineering business learning to weld, braze and fabricate,
plus the skills of milling and turning.
But times were changing in the
racing world, with the rise in production racing the market for frame builders
was shrinking fast. The company had to diversify and a move into stainless
steel food industry equipment was well suited as attention to quality, detail
and safety is also very important in this field of work. The motor
sport stayed with us, just smaller.
Over the following years
we were getting a growing number of enquires about classic chassis
and by 2002 I decided this was the path I wished to follow, So I, with my house
re-mortgaged to the hilt, with my fathers blessing and a small part of his
The workshop I took on in
the mills was a complete mess. I spent 9 long months and most of my savings
getting it to standard I could work from and invite customers in.
Since then we have been slowly
growing year on year adding new customers far and wide, entirely from word of
mouth. To this day (06/02/13) we have never had paid advertising anywhere. Not
bad for a company entering its 10th year in business!
As a foot note,
My fathers business is still
going strong with rail contracts, food industry work and of course motor
sport with my younger brother Andrew helping to manage the firm.