History of Ruddspeed
From it's humble origins to it's current home at brooklands
In November 1945 Ken Rudd started a business from a disused stable in Worthing, from these humble beginnings of working on general engineering for local farmers he graduated to more specialised work on sports cars, he called the company
K.N. Rudd (Engineering) Ltd. With a steady flow of work he soon ran out of space, so had to move to new premises in Worthing's Victoria Road.
In 1953 he had become sufficiently well know as a competition driver to be invited by Donald Healey to understudy for him at Le Mans. At the motor show that year he bought himself an Ace which he raced until 1958, the AC marque was to be the backbone his business.
He formed Ruddspeed Ltd, to undertake tuning conversions for Austin Healeys, Volvos, Alfas and later converting Ford Mustangs to RHD cars. He also occasionally worked on one-off projects for customers.
Sadly Ken passed away in 2010, but his aim was always to take a good car and make them even better, we here at Ruddspeed wish to continue with that tradition.
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