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Radford Returns | Jenson Button | Paddock Journal

It’s introduced as we speak that legendary and celebrated coachbuilder Radford is being introduced again to life to as soon as once more play a number one function in creating bespoke world luxurious automobiles. The marque is being revived to create modern luxurious commissions true to basic timeless designs, bringing a contemporary and related model of Radford coachbuilding, to a brand new discerning clientele. 

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The long-lasting model, as soon as favoured by the world’s main celebrities and tastemakers, together with all 4 Beatles, is being introduced again by three well-known co-owners: main automobile designer Mark Stubbs, TV presenter and automobile builder Ant Anstead, former FIA Components One World Champion, Jenson Button, main enterprise adviser and lawyer Roger Behle. The co-owners have been fortuitously united at a vital second for the world of coachbuilding and the way forward for the car.

1949 Bentley MKVI 4¼-litre Countryman Coachwork by Harold Radford 2 Courtesy of Bonhams

Radford was initially based in 1948 as ‘Harold Radford (Coachbuilders) Ltd’. After the Second World Battle, founder Harold Radford made a reputation for himself providing coachbuilt Bentley and Rolls Royce motor automobiles. Radford made its debut on the London Motor present in 1951, the place it confirmed the luxurious Bentley ‘Countryman’. The corporate was additionally concerned in creating bespoke fibreglass bodywork for the prototype GT40, however it was Radford’s modification of Bentley fashions and later Minis, that gave the corporate its admired popularity for luxurious, tailor-made bespoke cars.

Mark Stubbs “It’s the right time for the Radford model to be rekindled. Harold Radford’s creations had been the last word in personalised, tailor-made transport and with the renaissance of the artwork of coachbuilding now’s the time to carry Radford again in a up to date type. We intend to create designs that can be true to the Radford legacy and go on to create a brand new heritage for this storied model. In actual fact, within the very long time that we’ve been planning this, one query we are going to preserve asking ourselves is “what would Harold do if he had been right here as we speak” and that’s going to form our considering for the thrilling automobiles in our instant future.”

Radford returns

Rolls Royce and Bentley by Radford

Ant Anstead “The time for a revival of correct coachbuilding is correct now. Individuals need one thing distinctive, one thing completely different and one thing tailored. That’s the place Radford is available in – our automobiles will supply the last word in world luxurious and personalisation, mixing British coronary heart and soul, state-of-the-art expertise with conventional craftsmanship. Jenson, Mark and I are proud to be reviving Radford and humbled to be custodians of this legendary firm. Future partnerships that we have already got in place are a testomony to what Radford is able to reaching. It seems like destiny {that a} designer, a builder and a driver have all united at this good time. It’s actually thrilling.”

Jenson Button “To have the ability to assist revive this iconic identify is such a particular and distinctive alternative. The Radford model carries such status and magnetism for anybody with an appreciation of automobiles. The work that Harold Radford and his staff had been answerable for within the mid-1900s is solely unbelievable, so I jumped on the probability to hitch Ant and Mark of their quest to place the ‘Radford’ identify again in lights. The journey has very a lot begun, and information of our first automobile will observe shortly so watch this area.”

Mark Stubbs Roger Behle Ant Anstead and Jenson Button - Radford Returns

Mark Stubbs Roger Behle Ant Anstead and Jenson Button – Radford Returns

Roger Behle “It is a particular undertaking. I’ve by no means seen something fairly prefer it. We’ve introduced collectively the abilities of three automotive greats, Mark, Ant and Jenson, collaborating underneath the banner of a historic British model. We’ve already achieved quite a bit in a brief area of time and the large vitality on this firm is palpable. We will’t wait to disclose the thrilling plans and merchandise that we’re already engaged on. It’s going to be enjoyable telling the world about them within the coming weeks and months.”

The Radford journey has already begun. With meticulous planning to revive the corporate, the primary automobile is already underway and can be introduced quickly. 

About Radford

Radford is a worldwide luxurious automotive model with a British coronary heart and soul, creating on-trend autos primarily based on basic timeless designs. It attracts on the heritage and craftsmanship of Harold Radford, the creator of numerous bespoke autos, to supply clients opulent coachbuilt and personalised automobiles. 

All of Radford’s cars can be created across the firm’s motto: ‘Design. Construct. Drive’. The design is overseen by main automotive designer Mark Stubbs. The construct is taken care of by Radford’s second co-owner TV star, famend automobile builder and automotive craftsman Ant Anstead. The drive is taken care of by firm co-owner and Components One World Champion, Jenson Button who will observe check and meticulously tune every automobile to supply a superlative driving expertise.

1949 Bentley MKVI

1949 Bentley MKVI 4¼-litre Countryman Coachwork by Harold Radford Courtesy of Bonhams