Clive has spent over 40 years in the insurance industry, 30 of which in international management positions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Integrity has been a cornerstone throughout his career.
With a passion for Ferrari since he used to marshal at Castle Combe and marvelled at the sound of Ron Fry in his 250 Berlinetta at full chat, Clive has been a Ferrari owner since 1984 and a member of the Ferrari Owners Club in both the UK and Hong Kong.
Clive’s cars, prepared and restored by Emblem have won a number of concours awards.
During his time in Asia, Clive was active in competition, racing at Sepang Formula 1 circuit, at the Southern Festival of Speed in New Zealand and in the Macau Grand Prix. His cars ranged from an Argo single-seater, Caterham Blackbird, Porsche GT3 Cup and Radical SR3 to his Porsche 911 Martini clone (which started life as a 1972 911T with Sportmatic gearbox) as his regular circuit car.
The Ferrari passion led him to team up with son Tim to launch EMBLEM SPORTS CARS in 2005. Ironically, Clive’s first Ferrari, a 308 GT4, had been supplied to its first owner by the original Emblem.
Clive now acts as a non-executive Chairman, guiding the team whilst Tim and Myles continue as Technical Managers of the business with team members Martin, Darren and Rebecca.
DIRECTOR / FERRARI TECHNICAL
After completing his education, Tim undertook a 3 year BTec course in Historic Vehicle Restoration in conjunction with the Beaulieu Motor Museum. This gave Tim a background in the sympathetic understanding of the traditional craftsmanship of building and maintaining historic automobiles. He started his career in Hong Kong with Auto Dynamics before being taken under the wing of Barry Forth, principle of Road and Track Motorsport, a Porsche specialist. Here Tim gained valuable experience working to tight deadlines and often in difficult circumstances.Returning to the UK, Tim joined Westover Sports Cars, official Ferrari dealers at Pimperne near Salisbury (the original site of Emblem Sports Cars). During his formal apprenticeship, Tim was awarded Apprentice of the Year.
The Ferrari and Maserati dealerships were combined under Meridien Modena at Lyndhurst and Tim moved to be one of the first Ferrari technicians there, ultimately becoming the Senior Ferrari Technician. Here extensive experience was also gained on Maserati. During his 10 years with Ferrari dealerships Tim has undertaken numerous training courses at Maranello Concessionaires and at the factory in Italy, including the 360 and 612 launch courses, Enzo and 599 introduction.
Hands-on model experience spans from 250 up to 612 and exotics from F40 to the Enzo in Ferrari, from Biturbo to Quattroporte and 4200 for Maserati and Countach, Diabo and Gallardo for Lamborghini.
DIRECTOR / MASERATI TECHNICAL
Myles has had a passion for cars ever since he can remember. In fact he was even employed in the industry as a schoolboy when he had a Saturday job at the local garage.
Subsequent completion of City and Guild courses plus NVQ in the motor industry saw Myles nominated for Apprentice of the Year, also receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award from Southampton Technical College. Early indications of a high achiever!
Myles served his apprenticeship with Scotthall BMW and in 1993 moved to Meridien Maserati where he became Senior Maserati Technician. He then widened his experience at HR Owen in London, one of the largest Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini dealers in the UK. Feeling happier on the south coast however, Myles joined Emblem as a founding member of the team.
With over 27 years specialisation in Maserati and concurrently 20 years on Ferrari, Myles has a strong reputation throughout the UK dealer and specialist network, especially for his Maserati knowledge.
Various courses have been undertaken both in the UK and at the factories in Italy of Maserati and Ferrari. Hands-on experience of Maserati ranges from the Biturbo range through to 3200, 4200GT / Spyder and the Quattroporte 5 and 6, Ghibli and GranTurismo. Myles is equally skilled with Ferrari and Lamborghini.
From an early age Darren realised that words were not his thing.
He was good with his hands which led him into tinkering with bikes, not always successfully, but always learning. ‘Every day’s a school day’!
Darren then progressed onto cars, gaining his qualification in Motor Vehicle Technology at Southampton City Technical College whilst working at a local Ferrari/Maserati main dealer.
Following his apprenticeship, he worked with the main dealer for another six years, all the time gaining practical knowledge of the Ferrari/Maserati brands as well as attending manufacturers’ courses on specific models, electrical systems and vehicle diagnostics.
Darren joined the Emblem team in 2006. Doing so increased his expertise and broadened his knowledge of a wider range of cars, from prepping and running a 1940s 166 Inter for the Milla Miglia, to becoming adept with the electronics and diagnostic computer systems of up to date models.
Whilst at Emblem Darren has also undertaken several manufacturers' training courses. Over the last ten years he has particularly enjoyed applying his knowledge of the operating systems of Ferrari and Maserati to incorporate another Italian brand – Lamborghini - into the workshop.
On four wheels, Darren would be the quickest go-kart driver if Myles wasn’t a director and he had to concede! He's also a keen follower of F1 and the technologies used in the sport. On two wheels, however, he's the undisputed champion, loving nothing more than a mud-soaked afternoon careering through woods and down hills in the local area.
Darren has been a team member for over fifteen years and still strives to deliver the best professional, personal and dedicated service that clients recognise as Emblem’s DNA.
SERVICE AND PARTS MANAGER
As with Myles and Tim, Martin has had an interest in things mechanical since he was a small boy and has been a keen follower of motorsport and motorcycle racing ever since. Martin served his apprenticeship with Olds Peugeot in Dorchester before moving to specialise in sports and performance cars, working initially in the Pimperne location of Emblem and then moving to Meridien Modena and ultimately Westover Sports Cars over a period of 9 years.
Martin has race team experience as a member of the TVR Tuscan racing team, travelling to various UK and overseas circuits. He gained experience working on Ferraris from 308 to 360 in addition to TVR, Lotus, Morgan and Alfa Romeo and has attended factory courses for Ferrari in Italy.
Ultimately at Westover Martin became workshop foreman, responsible for a team of 5 technicians as well as technical trouble shooting and customer liaison. It is here that his skills complement the team, arranging work schedules, maintaining and sourcing spares supplies and, most important of all, providing that vital link between our clients and the busy workshop, able to discuss with confidence over the telephone technical matters relating to vehicle behaviour.
With over 20 years experience in the prestige and performance motor car industry, Becky is the lady that keeps the ‘blokes’ in order. Key to the smooth running of the administration and custodian of the client and motor car database, Rebecca performs an important role in the efficient operation of the office and therefore in the service we provide to our clients. She was service advisor to Martin as workshop foreman at Westover Sports Cars for 5 years before she “re-united with the team” at Emblem in 2007
Once again, selection of Rebecca to join the team was a careful process, balancing the need for experience and capability with a mentality of team spirit and a passion for client service and strong work ethics.
Becky lives in the country and is a keen horse woman who has successfully competed in dressage and eventing, winning podium places – consistent with all Emblem team members who strive for perfection.