A New Chapter for The Crosslé Car Company

The Crosslé Car Company Limited, the UK’s oldest constructor of racing cars, has announced exciting plans for its future.

From Tuesday 13th November 2012, Arnie Black hands over ownership and management of the company to long-time Crosslé customer and enthusiast Paul McMorran.

After thirty-two years as engineer and executive in the global oil industry, Paul brings a vibrant new approach to the business while safeguarding the values on which Crosslé was founded.

A well-known competitor in historic racing across Europe, Paul’s collection of Crosslé cars includes the 12F that boosted exports by winning the US Formula B Championship in 1968, and the unique 1970 17F Formula 3 car originally raced by John Watson, Northern Ireland’s five-time Grand Prix winner. Paul drove the 17F to a podium finish at the Monaco Historic meeting in 2010.

“I’m very excited by the opportunity to lead this iconic company. Historic motor racing continues to grow in popularity and Crosslé, with over fifty years of continuous manufacture, has a very special place in that history. The company continues to provide an unbroken link between the people who designed and built Crosslé cars here in Northern Ireland, and the many enthusiasts who continue to enjoy them worldwide. Crosslé has a famous past, a unique position in the market today, a great team of people and, I believe, a very bright future” said the new owner at the announcement.
“This is wonderful news for the company and its staff,” said Arnie Black, the multiple racing champion who took over ownership and management of the company in 1997 from its founder, Dr. John Crosslé.

In its fifty-five year history the Crosslé Car Company, which uniquely continues to operate from its original factory in Holywood, Northern Ireland, has built over 1,000 competition cars, the majority of them for export.

Paul McMorran will have the support and on-going advice of company founders John and Rosemary Crosslé, while their daughter Caroline Crosslé is an active director of the company.

“I’m delighted to see Paul take the company forward, building on the successes Arnie and his loyal team have achieved over the last 15 years” said Dr. John Crosslé, the company founder.

During a transition period, Arnie Black will continue in a supporting role where his experience and excellent relationships with the customers, not to mention his famed abilities as a test-driver, will be extremely valuable.

“I would like to thank our key staff, Michael Henderson, Adrian Turnbull and Jonathan Freud, and the Crosslé family who have given me so much help and encouragement over the last 15 years” added Arnie Black.

“Arnie and the team in Holywood have done a really tremendous job. Looking forward, Crosslé will offer new opportunities to motorsport enthusiasts worldwide, but our commitment to quality is unchanged. Customers and friends can look forward to being part of an exciting new chapter in the history of this unique company” concluded Paul McMorran.

Crosslé Press Release - 13/11/2012