A little bit of history

A little bit of history

Car enthusiast Foam Company chairman Chris Nash has been doing a little research about our factories in Abingdon, and came up with some interesting facts.

Our site overlooks what was once the production site of MG cars. In fact “B” block which once contained the competition department still stands, and can be seen to the right from our boardroom window. It was here that several land speed record breaking cars were built in the 1930s through to the late 1950s.

Our address, Eyston Way, was named after George Eyston who was a land speed record breaker of some repute, driving MG cars and overseeing later record attempts with drivers including Stirling Moss. Together they achieved a land speed record of 254mph with a 1500cc MG custom built design. In actual fact the site we now occupy was originally the goods station yard from where materials were brought into the MG site and finished cars left, again by rail.

To complete the address story, our distribution site is in Nuffield Way, named after Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors, and we are also adjacent to Kimber Road, named after Cecil Kimber, the founder and managing director of MG cars.