About Bob Houghton
Bob Houghton has been working with Ferraris since 1964, starting with a 250SWB that belonged to a friend of the family. “I was only 14 years old, picking up qualifications whilst employed by a BMC main distributor until I was 21”!
Bob met up with Ferrari Guru David Clarke and they became instant friends, (David had six Ferraris at that time) and soon was working for him looking after these cars: a Ferrari 330 P4, Ferrari P2, Ferrari 250 GTO, Ferrari 275 4 cam, Ferrari 250 Lusso and a Ferrari 212 Export.
“Working on these cars gave me a strong grounding for the years ahead”.
In 1974 we formed Graypaul Motors (Loughborough) and between then and 1978 we restored many classic Ferraris as we were the only company (apart from Maranello Concessionaires) specialising in the marque at that time.
“In 1978 I left Graypaul to set up Rosso Racing which specialised in Ferrari, we restored numerous cars including Neil Corner’s Tasman Dino (which we are still involved with) and won many races with Ferrari 512s, Ferrari 312s etc. Our strong point has always been our engine department, rebuilding road and race engines sent to us from all around the world.
Racing the cars has always been my goal – and where I get my kicks!
In 1981 I started Bob Houghton Ltd – I had always wanted to be in charge of my own destiny – looking after some of the most exotic Ferraris ever made and growing to a work force of 16 by 1993. We then started MHT (Mortimer Houghton Turner) where I ran the Technical Department alongside Bob Houghton Ltd. It worked very well having the official franchise along side.
In 1994 Ferrari UK commissioned me to be Team Chief for the Ferrari 355 Challenge European series, winning both A and B Classes in 1997. For the next few years we then continued working with Ferrari UK on the very successful Ferrari 360 Challenge cars.
In September 2003 we returned to our roots and became Ferrari specialists again and using our knowledge and experience can service all cars with factory trained technicians who are dedicated to the marque.