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    Caterham Cars to leave Caterham after land is sold to developer
    28 January 2013 Last updated at 13:10

    A Surrey-based sports car company has announced it is leaving the town it shares its name with after the land was sold to build retirement flats.

    Caterham Cars, which was founded in 1973, said its landlords have sold the land around the Station Avenue showroom to developers.

    It is now looking to move its showroom elsewhere in Surrey, with production continuing in Dartford, Kent.

    The company is famous for producing the Caterham 7, a lightweight sports car.

    David Ridley, who is the chief commercial officer at Caterham Cars, said: "Unfortunately these plans are beyond our control as we're only a tenant in these facilities, and we don't own the site.

    "We wanted to stay in Caterham, but nothing was available.

    "We're going to be making an announcement [about a new location] this week. Hopefully it will be in a 10-15 mile radius of our current location."

    Caterham Cars, which was purchased by Team Lotus Enterprise in 2011, will leave the town by the end of February

  • #2
    We live in a world of constant change. Sorry to hear that they are leaving the town of Caterham. The showroom is very convenient being right next door to the train station so I can see that it would be desirable.
    Tom "ELV15" Jones


    • #3
      Well, if Caterham Cars moves to another English town they should definitely change the name of the company and the cars to whatever that town is called.
      Here's a few English towns I think they should move to because I think they might be great car company names (and great names for this forum too....)

      Assloss, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
      Balls Cross, West Sussex.
      Bell End, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
      Bottom Flash, near Winsford, Cheshire.
      Brown Willy, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.
      Buttock, near Barley, Lancashire.
      Clatter, west of Newtown, Powys.
      Coffinswell, near Torquay, Devon.
      Crackpot, Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
      Dancing Dicks, near Hatfield Peverel, Essex.
      Friendly, near Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.
      Golden Balls, near Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire.
      Jump, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
      Knockdown, near Malmsbury, Wiltshire.
      Nasty, near Stevenage
      Nobottle, near Northampton
      Pratt's Bottom, near Farnborough.
      Rotten Bottom, Tweeddale, Borders.
      Sandy Balls, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire
      Stepaside, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
      The Bastard, (hill) near Campbelltown, Kintyre
      Wide Open, north of Newcastle upon Tyne.
      Paul. Birkin S3 /Dunnel zetec/emerald ECU


      • #4
        I thought you were busy on a movie???

        Have you been to all of these towns?


        • #5
          No, haven't been to any of them, although they are real places. I just like the idea of a formula one team called Sandy Balls Racing.
          Or a car called a wide body Rotton Bottom SV.
          Paul. Birkin S3 /Dunnel zetec/emerald ECU


          • #6
            California Crackpot Club. Not much different than the current dealio, eh? :)
            | | Sean


            • #7
              This will give you a bit of a flavor of what is being left behind:


              '62 Lotus Seven
              '84 Turbo Esprit (x2)
              '14 Evora
              '77 Esprit S1 (RIP) :(

              "A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom." -Michel De Montaigne 1588