The Formation of Gartrac

Dave and Bill had gained valuable experience and knowledge working for Alan Mann and Len Bailey on numerous projects. The pair worked well together and knew it was a great opportunity to start their own prototype metal fabrication business. In 1970 they found a small workshop in Farnham, Surrey and formed Gartrac Fabrications.

The name Gartrac was created from the christian names of their children Gary (Bill's Son) and Tracy (Dave's daughter). They erased the Y off both names and came up with Gartrac. They had a great platform to start their business, already having a good relationship with Ford motor company. This relationship continued immediately with Ford giving them numerous suspension and running gear components such as axle's to modify for Escort Mk1 rally cars.