HMC Classic originates from a Backdraft Roadster. Throughout a five year period, HMC Handmadecars has collaborated with TR-Tec and Backdraft Racing, developing a unique EU homologated vehicle for the whole world to admire.
"TR-Tec & Backdraft Racing: The Dynamic Duo
of Tony Martin and Reg Dodd,
creating high-Performance Classic Car Backdraft Roadster"
Backdraft Racing was established in 2001 by Tony Martin and Reg Dodd, both highly experienced racing drivers with several national championships to their names. Tony Martin's greatest achievement as a driver was winning the Daytona 24-hour race in 1984, along with Sarel van der Merwe and Graham Duxbury, driving a March 83G Porsche. The experience they gained from years of competing on the racetracks was instrumental in the creation of Backdraft.
Over a period of 20 years, Tony Martin and his company TR-Tec have built Backdraft Rollers in a factory located in Durban, South Africa. On the other hand, Reg Dodd has a large facility situated in Boyton Beach, Florida, where Backdraft Rollers are assembled with a powertrain and sold to American customers.
Apart from building road cars, Tony Martin also builds Backdrafts for racing, which regularly take part in various racing competitions in South Africa. Tony's vision has always been to provide other car enthusiasts with the opportunity to experience the thrill of racing. With their experience and passion for racing, Tony and Reg have created a beautiful classic car with modern driving characteristics.
Edvardas, our automotive technician, is an invaluable asset to our team. His vast knowledge of cars and ability to diagnose and solve complex issues is crucial to our success. We are grateful for his expertise and dedication.
We are immensely grateful for Bengt's assistance in the homologation process of HMC Classic. His expertise, sense of humor, and patience have been invaluable in ensuring that the process was successful.
B. Lidmalm has spent over 15 years at Volvo Cars, responsible for quality control, legal requirements, recalls, and negotiations with the NHTSA in the USA. Lidmalm also led the implementation of two complete vehicle type approvals with Swedish authorities and two partial approvals with Spanish authorities.
ENGINEER GUNNAR OLSSON
Engineer G. Olsson is a seasoned professional with a background in chassis and vehicle dynamics. He has held various roles throughout his career, including adjunct professor at Chalmers University of Technology and engineering manager at Saab Automobile AB. With his extensive knowledge in the field, Olsson is currently working in the area of chassis and vehicle dynamics, where he is contributing to the development
of advanced automotive technologies.
D. Ledel, a computational engineer with expertise in fatigue-loaded welded structures and classical strength dimensioning using both handbook methods and FEM, has contributed to customer projects for renowned companies like Jaguar and BMW.
Engineer J. Wenäll is a highly experienced professional in the field of crashtest research. Based in Linköping, he currently works at VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute. With almost 35 years of experience in the field, Wenäll has developed expertise in various aspects of crashtest research, including vehicle safety and accident analysis. His work at VTI is focused on contributing to the development of safer vehicles
and improving road safety in general.