Charles Knill-Jones is proud to head up Tula Precision Ltd in its 51st year of supporting owners of the Bugatti marque of motorcar. Charles took over Tula Engineering Ltd from Richard I’Anson in 2006. In 2018 Tula purchased and re-built a new premises, its 4th in 50 yrs. After extensive refurbishment, we moved in on 1st July 2019 and haven’t looked back. We can be found in the Cotswolds town of Northleach, only 16miles from Prescott Hill, the home of the Bugatti Owners’ Club. Tula Precision currently draws on over 65 years of combined experience in restoration, race preparation and quality servicing of all Bugatti cars. Richard is pleased to remain as a consultant and comes in every month to check all is well and to borrow reamers etc.
Michael Whiting continues his exemplary work building all types of roller bearing crank engines, gearboxes, blowers and ancillaries to Ettore’s drawings. Michael’s skill base is second to none and includes most of the Bugatti range. He has been the core of Tula for over 50 yrs but is due to retire soon.
Charles Knill-Jones BSCHons is a graduate of Materials Science at Brunel University. Upon leaving university he was employed by Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths organisation looking after his racing stable for 20yrs, completing his last day for Nick in September 2017. An appreciation of vintage and historic race preparation, as well as an enthusiastic approach to the historic car world, leaves him well qualified to manage Tula. Charles has been a member of the Bugatti Owners’ Club Affairs Committee but has stood down to give time to his growing young family.
In the workshop I am proud to employ Louis Mcnair. Louis is a third generation aircraft and automotive engineer from New Zealand. A graduate of a tool makers apprenticeship he has a wise head on a young man’s shoulders. Louis has built his own penny farthing, two aeroplanes, a cafe racer and much more. Currently working on the aero engined Diatto Bugatti chain drive car as well as a wonderful T30 from Denmark.
There is a BIG space to fill in our workshop floor for an experienced mechanic should you read this and wish to get in contact.
Ray Nash has re-joined Tula after a 10 year absence as a commercial driver. Ray worked for Tula and our machine shop Straight 8 between 1980 & 1998. A demon machinist, Ray works our in-house lathe, milling machine, surface grinder and hone.
In the accounts department we have Debbie, who is more than a book keeper, but with her own family to look after is in for only two days per week.
In August 2020 Calum Frost joined our workshop staff and has brought a pair of steady hands to prepare castings pre machining, prep assemblies and general workshop engineering. Calum started with Crosthwaite and Gardiner when he was 18yrs old and spent 15yrs with them learning his trade.
Just this last month, November 2020, Tricia Davis joined the team to manage our parts supply and customer support. Trish has a great grasp of parts supply and customer relations having spent 15yrs with the Bugatti Owners’ Club managing the Spares Department. We are lucky to have her experience and understanding to link the workshop with the stores efficiently. The arrival of Brineton Engineering stock and parts provision and our soon to be added web shop will be handled by Trish who for the time being will be in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week.
Tula has prided itself with very high quality, detailed work with the emphasis on a personal service both in competition and on the road. The workshops have relocated to a private workshop facility in the Cotswolds town of Northleach. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.