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I first met Ian and the BGMsport team at Daytona in for the inaugural Classic 24 hour race where they were running a beautifully prepared Competition Ferrari Daytona. The quality was such that even though I was living overseas at the time and aside from a few days sharing trackside garages with them, I decided to entrust them with the complete restoration and race preparation of an original Classiche accredited Ferrari 308 GrB rally car in readiness to compete in Modena Centre Ore, Italy.
Nothing phased the team in the following 18 month restoration period and we then debuted it at MCO where over 5 days of intense competition we came 2nd outright and just 1.3 seconds off a win in a freshly prepared car being run in anger for the very first time. The team were so professional in every aspect and such a pleasure to share time with over the course of the rally that we went onto do it again the following year where we were again doing well until the 'nut behind the wheel' caused all the problems with an off road excursion into the Armco that would of put most cars out of the running - however, working through the night the BGM team fixed the car and we ran super competitively for the remaining days all be it out of contention for another podium!
The quality of their work led to asking them to do a complete refresh and rebuild of my '65 AC Cobra, another very original car, and readying it to try and compete at the front of the grid in the current array of historic events. Over the course of a year and working with a number of external suppliers, as well as much track testing and development, we went onto campaign the car in 2017 in various GTSCC rounds and at the Goodwood Revival in the prestigious RAC TT race to good effect - once again, this traditionally 'rally focused' team proved to be just so calm, easy to work with and effective at supporting the and running the car.
Over the next two years we further tested and refined the car and then in 2019 we went onto win the Goodwood Revival RAC TT at just our second attempt as well as securing a new official lap record for a Cobra roadster of 1:24.071 with the car driven by André Lotterer. In possibly the highest profile and most hotly contested historic race on the calendar once again BGM and proved they are a match for any other race team there is whether rally or track focused. They've always managed to achieve tight deadlines, bring a faultlessly prepared car to any event, been a huge pleasure to spend time with (whether track side or in the bar!) and delivered all this on a very sensible budget. I now use BGM to run a number of different cars, have used them for support on track, rallies and at events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and simply could not recommend them more highly for any aspect of restoration , race or rally support.
Senior Sound Designer, Principal Sound Recording Engineer
Codemasters Software Ltd
BGMsport are one of Codemasters most valued partners. Sourcing original ex-works Rally and Motorsport cars for on track sound recording for Codemasters Racing titles can be especially challenging, particularly when under the constraints of a tight development schedule. I’m indebted to Ian Gwynne, for placing his trust in me, in approaching his clients and contacts and facilitating access to record a host of truly iconic original works Group A, B, N and 4 (B) Rally cars for DiRT Rally 2.0, as well as a number of historic GT cars for GRID.
Despite BGMsport’s unremitting workload, Ian Gwynne has always gone out of his way to book the cars for recording within our project milestone scheduling and to take time away from the Workshop to manage and drive at the sessions, some of which have taken place as far afield as the USA.
There are very few Works, Teams or Privateers I’ve dealt with that have exhibited that level of commitment, enthusiasm and support.
It’s no surprise to me why BGMsport are so highly regarded in the Motorsports community and entrusted to prep and maintain so many illustrious original works Rally and Motorsport client cars.
Codemasters have established an award winning reputation for representing authentic in-game engine audio across its Motorsports titles; much of that success can be attributed to partners such as Ian and the BGMsport team, ‘The Car is the Star’ after all.
Lionel Abbott Silverstone Auctions Ltd
‘’Ian of BGMsport has been a valued customer of Silverstone Auctions Ltd, from our early beginnings. BGMsport have been responsible for bringing motivated buyers and sellers from their broad competition base of clients to our sales. Ian is also the most knowledgeable person on everything rallying”
Lionel Abbott Silverstone Auctions Ltd
Oliver Cars Ltd
‘I’ve dealt with Ian and his team for the last fifteen years when they have looked after three different cars of mine. Their attention to detail, workmanship and knowledge is second to none and it really is the ‘go to’ place, particularly for anything with any motorsport history.’
Kriton Lendoudis (2019)
“I was introduced to BGMsport and Ian Gwynne through a very good friend of mine and certainly I was not disappointed.
Ian undertook to recommission my Audi Quattro road car which was sitting for a very long time when I bought it. Ian did a fantastic job the car is perfect now and I’m thankful to Ian for his quality job.”
I have raced with BGM for a number of years and have always been highly impressed with their meticulous standard of preparation and the the way the cars are always presented at the track. BGM are highly professional during the race weekend whilst maintaining a relaxed and calm atmosphere making the race experience highly pleasurable and fun yet always handling all the detail required that makes the difference between fun and frustration. Winning and losing.
Paul Howarth, Director of Prodrive Operations “
“ I personally have had relationships with Ian, owner of BGMsport for many years, and also with his late father Bill who created Bill Gwynne Motorsport which Ian took over many years ago. Over the years I have had many opportunities and pleasure to drive and co-drive cars prepared by BGMsport on prestigious events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed etc and always found the cars prepared and operated to a factory level. The restoration build process they apply matches to the highest level available.
“My involvement with the name Gwynne Motorsport goes back a long time. I can remember testing with Vauxhall in the late seventies at Ian father’s Bill Gwynne Rally School stage, and I’m sure Ian was still in short trousers at that time!! Lately I have been involved a lot with BGMsport driving various immaculately re-prepared cars. We have also recently had a couple of Colin’s Subaru’s back down to BGMsport for servicing and thorough check over. Suffice to say, there is only certain company's that we could trust with these cars. Long may our relationship continue”
Steve Rimmer, CEO, Altavair LP
I have been a client of BGMsport for over a decade and have never been disappointed in the outcome of any project that has been entrusted to them. The cars that I have been fortunate to acquire are not only special to me but also I believe are unique and appreciated by the broader rally and Motorsport community. It’s therefore essential that whoever works on the cars not only appreciates and understands them but also has the experience to ensure that their heritage is respected and reflected in all work undertaken. BGMsport has my complete trust and support in taking care of all the needs for the cars which are so important to me and I believe are a significant part of the history of rallying.
Nick Clipson CM Engineering Ltd
'I have worked with Ian and the team at BGMsport for many years now and throughout that time I've always found them to be professional, conscientious and friendly. They always prepare superbly finished, well engineered and reliable cars. A pleasure to deal with!'
"Great to have worked with Ian and BGMsport at a number of events. As always the cars are turned out perfectly. Personally I'd be a bit nervous about allowing me to drive them!!!! "
BGM - Professional with a vast depth of knowledge and experience. Knowing my rally car has had the BGM care and treatment is hugely reassuring when waiting for the green light on the SS start line.
“Always a great pleasure to drive any of the BGM cars, always prepared to a fantastic standard and normally very special cars, We have also had some great success in rally sprint and rallies over the many years.”
"Ian, After passing a decade as a loyal customer I thought it seemed fit to write to thank you and the team for all the support and hard work over the last 12 years. The experience, knowledge and customer care that flows through BGMSport is second to none. I have no doubt our success on the stages wouldn't have happened without BGMSport, from straight talking advice, R&D, car prep and on event support. We couldn't of chosen a better team to support us! Thank you again BGMSport."
John Wallis (Buckinghamshire)
Ian and his team are true specialists in their field and you can only fully appreciate this when talking to the guys - they all have a real passion for the cars. BGMsport also support many local and national car events throughout the year which is great to see in a small company. I know that I will continue to use BGMsport for many more years to come for my Audi Sport Quattro. I first met Ian and the guys at BGMsport in 2016 when researching a potential car purchase. Ian had recommissioned the car for the previous owner prior to sale at auction. I contacted Ian who, with the owner’s permission, was very open and honest about the car and spoke with great passion which could only have come from true in depth knowledge and experience. Recently the car went back for a service and Mot and following their recommendation after working on the car I had the dampers replaced. This has transformed the handling of the car and it’s now an even better driving experience all thanks to BGMs knowledge.
"After purchasing a Subaru Impreza rally car in 2003, the owner of the car recommended BGMsport (Formally Bill Gwynne Motorsport, at the time) to me. After contacting them, I found them to be very professional and helpful, but at the same time a very friendly and down to earth family owned and run business to deal with. I had a very pleasant relationship in my dealings with them for around ten years and would highly recommend them to anyone and would not hesitate to use their services in the future.
Max Girardo /Girardo & Co.
Very professional, the quality of the work is excellent, attention to detail is second to none at the end of the day the results speak for themselves.
Most importantly Ian is always available on the phone day or night and I cannot speak highly enough of his team. The fact that we have 3 of our cars with BGMsport, and that we are sending him more speaks for itself.