HISTORY OF BMC COMPS DEPT

BMC Comps BoysIn January 1955 The British Motor Corporation Competitions Department was formed, growing to be one of the biggest competition departments in the world until its demise in 1970 when it became Special Tuning until 1979.

With skill and enthusiasm the BMC mechanics turned BMC road cars into world beating competition cars such as the Mini, MG & Austin Healey, winning race after race, rally after rally and breaking many car speed records along the way.   By October 1955 they had achieved 100mph in five different cars.

During their heyday, drivers such as Pat Moss, Paddy Hopkirk and Timo Makinen became household names, bringing trophies home for the team.

What was the secret to their success? – quality engineering, ingenious car modification,  a committed team and ongoing testing.

Re-living the heritage of BMC Comps Dept we want to bring you the opportunity to buy quality British engineered car parts to enhance your race or road vehicle.


About Us

Paul Stanworth

Paul StanworthI first became involved in cars and motor-sport through my father who worked in the BMC Experimental Department, Longbridge for 32 years.  Most of the guys he worked with had a race/rally history and so understood the aims of the competitions department at Abingdon. 
From this close relationship, rally/ race proven parts found their way onto production cars to make them both safer and more reliable.

As I grew up I went to both race and rallies gaining enough interest to want to build my own competition cars.
Despite a period competing on two wheels, my first love is the Mini so I drew my efforts towards this remarkable little car.
I then went into Historic Saloon Racing and, as they say, the rest is history.

Over the years, I have been asked to build cars and supply competition parts but just haven’t had the time.  Well, fittingly, on the Mini’s 50th birthday, I am now doing just that!

I have a friend, guru and nice bloke doing things with me, who has extensive knowledge of all things rallied not raced.   He says that he can still pedal it!


Trevor Godwin

Trevor next to the MarinaTrev was an ex- Rootes apprentice, Coventry who then joined their experimental department.  Trev preferred BMC cars so went rallying in all types of vehicle.  He still flys around the country today in a BMW Mini Cooper S and is nearly ready to unleash his ex-works 8 port Marina.

Trev has had his own business for over 20 years, concentrating on the rallying element.  There isn’t much he doesn’t know about it.  His tea is a bit dubious though!