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Before the company was founded, for more than 10 years John Wilcox worked for Roger Clark one of Britain's best known rally drivers, working on rally cars and building Escorts for Ford Motor Company.

Stan Clark

Mike Hall


  John and Stan Clark brother of Roger Clark, Stan who was an exceptionally quick race and rally cross driver in his own right. John spent many happy years travelling the country as a mechanic to Stan and to this day have remained friends. John is still building engines for his collection of cars.   Mike Hall, former Cosworth Director and designer of the BDA engine gets together with John and reminisces over old times. Mike shouldered the entire design of the engine as Keith was pre-occupied with F1, this led to Cosworth's first engine to use belt drive to its camshafts. It was based around the Ford Kent cylinder block and combined with four valves per cylinder produced very good gas flow. This set the standard in the 70s which other manufactures took many years to match. The BHP per litre of the BDA is not far short of what can be achieved now with present day technology which is a credit to Mike Hall's design.  



Having worked with the twin cam and BDA's from the start. When the company was formed building BDA's was the main source of income. Winning many BTRDA and national rally championships, also on many occasions taking first place BDA on the RAC international rally, John Wilcox soon became one of the countries leading engine builders for BDA's. From rallying to racing the Wilcox BDA has been used around the world in all forms of motor sport. Today with the demand for the BDA type engine the company is now manufacturing and building many new and used engines again, for racing, rallying and historic.

Six New BDG engines in our work shop waiting to be exported around the world for historic rallying, sport cars and formula 2 racing.






Two of our Lucas Mechanical fuel injected BDG engines ready to be fitted to a formula 2 car and a Ford Escort. We are regularly building and re-building mechanically injected BD's and our test cell is set up for metering unit calibration.




On the dyno is a BDG going through its paces in our 1000 BHP test cell, this is regularly used for setting-up, running in and power testing BD type engines.


A great number of ex works Mk 1 and Mk2 Escorts are being restored for use in historic and rallying again. Many of these cars are now fitted with Wilcox BDG engines.



A fully restored MK2 Escort complete with new Wilcox BDG flying in Belgium.


Above Timo Makinen's  Colt Escort.

Above Roger Clark's African Safari Car.


One of the works famous Rothmans cars, now racing in Europe.

Russell Brookes very successful Andrews heat for hire sponsored Mk2 Escort.

Dominique Depons 2009 French Historic Rally Champion with WILCOX 2.0L BDG.





David Stokes. Winner of 2007 MSA British Historic Rally Championship 8 Starts, 8 Class wins. 2009 MSA BHRC second overall, first BDG Escort

using a WILCOX engine.


Gareth Lloyd. Winner of 2003 HRCR Historic Classic Rally Championship

 with WILCOX 2.0L BDG.

Stefaan Stouf. Historic Belgium rally champion

with WILCOX 2.0L BDG.

Historic saloon cars, Formula 2, sports car racing and Hill climbing


Mike bell in his restored Zackspeed Escort with WILCOX 2.0 litre BDG.


Tom Geraghtys restored Broadspeed Escort with WILCOX 2.0 litre mechanically fuel injected BDG.

European Monoposto Champion 2003.

John Holmes, Historic March formula 2 car with WILCOX 2.0L BDG. Karel Sauerbier, two times winner of the European Monoposto Championship in a Chevron B40 Formula 2 car with WILCOX 2.0L BDG.

 1600 Formula Atlantic 2.0Litre BDG Hillclimb formula 2 car

We Are still building and re-building engines for many race car series Worldwide including: European Monoposto Championship, British and European Historic Formula 2 Championships Historic sports cars and various hill climb cars.