The real story of the inception of Bamford Rose goes back much further. The founders of the firm were development engineers for a number of British luxury sports car brands in both road car and race car programmes. Their unprecedented knowledge of the design and ‘productionisation’ of these vehicles and their obsession with quality is the calling upon which Bamford Rose was born. For an initial start in 2010, the quality-driven approach of Bamford Rose attracted several Aston Martin privateer racing teams.
These proved to be fruitful partnerships, memorably so in the case of Mathol Racing. Mathol needed dependable, proven solutions and installed a Bamford Rose engine in their test car before entrusting us with the development and installation of race car engine and transmission to their specific requirements. At the 2012 Nurburgring 24 Hours race their privateer V8 Vantage entry finished this gruelling race ahead of two factory V12 Zagato race cars and two factory GT3 V12 Vantage race cars.
It wasn’t long before word spread of Bamford Rose’s expertise. This burgeoning of our reputation coincided with our long-planned move into offering quality-focused servicing and bespoke upgrades to Aston Martin road cars. Now, the Bamford Rose focus covers DB7 and Vanquish Mk1 through all VH era cars up to the last pre-Mercedes era vehicles. Their extra knowledge of the design, ‘productionisation’ and racing of the cars has now been built upon with a decade’s worth of experience in the vehicles’ strengths and weaknesses in the real world. This deep expertise pays dividends both in the quality of service and outcomes Bamford Rose delivers. This expertise with the cars, as they age, is often not present in the franchised dealer network.
Bamford Rose’s emphasis on quality, not price, has developed a loyal following of Aston Martin owners. We are now the largest (measured by volume of work) Aston Martin dedicated independent in the world. Our road car ambitions have not only focused on service. The background of the company in development engineering has not been neglected. Familiar with the compromises required to bring the cars to production, Bamford Rose has strived to tackle these compromises via thoroughly engineered evolutions of the cars. The strategy: to either tackle known weak spots or evolve and enhance the cars. Bamford Rose’s obsession with quality also extends to their upgrades which use the best raw materials, the best craftsmen and the best tooling.