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Continuing to race ahead of the pack

Since Goodridge was founded in 1969, it has evolved from a single seat race team in Canada, to a globally recognised leader in fluid transfer systems.

Stuart Goodridge, the founder of the company, moved to Canada after he finished school in the UK. It was there that he started his motor racing career. Having achieved significant racing success he formed his own racing team, DGR Racing, with two friends. It was while still racing that Stuart started his own high performance brake lines eventually supplying them and other racing parts to rival race teams. At the age of 23 he decided to come back to the UK to start his own company and moved to Totnes in Devon where his mother lived. He borrowed £50 from his brother to buy an ‘off the shelf’ company and set up business on his mother’s kitchen table, making brake lines as the orders came in from small ads placed in motoring press. Over the years the kitchen table enterprise turned into a global brand and is now recognised as the worlds leading supplier of high performance fluid transfer systems.

The Goodridge headquarters are at Exeter Airport Business Park, where the firm has been based since 1988. In 2010 it invested in a new manufacturing facility in Sowton, investing in state of the art computer controlled machinery.

It operates in the automotive, motorcycle, motorsport, defence and specialist industrial sectors. This dynamic private company manufactures in ten facilities globally and supplies customers around the world with a unique combination of design, innovation, reliability and outstanding service. Goodridge has a turnover of over £30 million with 80+ staff in Exeter and 300+ worldwide. It has subsidiaries in the US, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany and Holland.

Customers include Bentley, Jaguar, Aston Martin, defence company BAE systems and a host of Formula One teams. Goodridge was the winner of the 2005 Motorsport Industry Association ‘Business of the Year’ award.