Made in Derbyshire
Made in Derbyshire

Derby Road and Race. Home of the finest handmade chassis.
trials frames. pre65 trials. trials tanks. bsa. bantam. mar. james. yamaha. majesty. ow10. banjo. ty175. ty250. ossa. tlr. whitlock. tlr transformations.
welding. fabrication. aluminium. t45. cr-moly. ty tank. bantam tank. james tank. ossa tank. alan whitton. nigel land. bantam frame. james frame. tlr frame.
ty250 frame. ow10 tank.Derby Road and Race. A bit of history about us.

Derby Road and Race

Racing is Life

Derby Road & Race

Racing is Life
Richard Nelson sidecar champion
Richard Nelson. Sidecar champion
As said on the home page we are located within the World Heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills, Part of the Derwent Valley 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 business due to its connection with classic racing motorcycles, sidecars 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, and with the rise in production racing the market for chassis 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, my fathers blessing and a small part of his knowledge, left.
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 we have never had paid advertising anywhere. Not bad for a company entering its 20th year in business.

As a foot note.
My fathers business DRS Precision Ltd, 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.
The Mill
The Mill
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Home of the finest hand built chassis
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Home of the finest handbuilt chassis