Towards the end of 1989 Neil Foreman fell in love and placed an order for his first Kit Car – the stunning Noble Mk4 – a replica of Ferrari’s 330 P4 Sports Prototype racing car. For the next eighteen months, Aircraft Engineer, Neil and his eleven year-old Son, Matthew lovingly built the car, which would go on to win numerous ‘Best of Show’ awards and feature in TV programs and even a No.1 Pop video. The story of it’s build was featured in five consecutive issues of “Which Kit?’ Magazine culminating with a fantastic cover shot on what remains the worlds biggest selling Kit Car magazine issue ever.
Doors began to open and as his reputation grew, Neil started making and selling parts to other car builders. Coincidentally, the P4 project came up for sale so he took the plunge, bought the project and became a full-time Kit Car manufacturer under the name of N F Auto Development. By the third car, rebranded as the Foreman Mk4, Neil had re-designed the body moulds, the chassis and the suspension. Following a period of building high performance engines for a renowned Lancia specialist, Matthew joined the company full time. There soon followed the open-top Foreman CanAm and the first of several Ferrari V12 engined cars.
Sales of the ‘Foreman’ were a steady flow but were destined never to be a torrent. Sales of parts and services to other builders, however, began to grow. ‘Car Builder Solutions’ was launched quietly in 1999 with a tiny advert for just three products and by 2001 CBS had it’s own shop – a nine foot by thirty foot mobile home.
By 2008 over fifty ‘Foreman’ cars were produced - either as Kits or Drive-away ‘Turnkeys’ including the final, mesmerising V12- built entirely by Matthew. CBS continued it’s steady growth so the Foreman Project was sold, lock, stock and two smoking exhausts to Dunlop Systems in Coventry.
In 2012, Neil handed over the reins to Matt who continued the tradition of unrivalled customer service whilst embracing and developing the business.
In 2018 CBS stocks of over six thousand products in its nine thousand square foot warehouse. Matthew’s dedicated and hard-working team ship hundreds of parcels each day to loyal customers all around the world whilst Neil is kept busy producing and continually updating their now legendary catalogue of over four hundred and forty pages.
So welcome to the world of Car Builder Solutions where we not only ‘Talk the Talk’ we also ‘Walk the Walk’.
Adam has been working at CBS as a Marketing Intern since 2019, running the company’s social media. He drives a Mini Cooper and is currently studying at University to gain a BSc in Business Management. His dream car is an Aston Martin DB9 in white with black alloys.
George has worked for CBS since 2019 and is a Level 3 Qualified Stripper and Fitter. He drives a Ford Fiesta Mark 7. George worked as an Electrician before joining CBS and is enjoying the transition to this new roll. His dream car is a Nissan Skyline R32 in gunmetal grey.
Dec has worked for CBS since 2019 as a Warehouse Staff Member. He drives a Ford Fiesta and before working at CBS, he worked on site and as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer. His dream car is an Audi R8 in black.
Joe has been working at CBS since 2018. He is a Level 2 Qualified Mechanic, driving a modified Ford Fiesta ST Mk6. In his spare time, he enjoys attending car shows and fixing up his family’s and his own car. Before starting at CBS, Joe worked in a kitchen and in a garage to gain work experience. His favourite cars are 90's Japanese performance cars, in particular the Mazda RX7.
Liam has been working at CBS since 2016. He is a Level 2 Qualified Mechanic and avid car and bike enthusiast. His current bike is a Bandit 600 Mk1 and he drives a modified VW Polo 6R Mk 5, that he is always either modifying or cleaning. When he isn’t working, he enjoys attending car shows and meets. His favourite car is the Mitsubishi Evo 7 in white.
Matt is the Digital Lead at CBS and has been involved since 2009. When he's not coding his time is spent exploring the countryside with his Family, whilst in the winter is often found throwing himself down mountains on a snowboard. Drives a Mazda CX-5 but would like an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
CHRIS DILLON WHITE
Chris has been with CBS since 2009 and is currently the Warehouse Manager. He has a wealth of parts and warehouse experience in the automotive, agricultural retail and servicing industries. He is responsible for stock and employee location and organisation.
Matt helped build his first car at age eleven. At age eighteen he worked with a performance specialist learning the intricacies of engine and suspension modification and has since built many cars and one house. When he isn’t working on the business, or his cars, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Neil placed an order for his first kit car in 1989, the Noble Mk4, which would go on to win numerous ‘Best of Show’ awards and also feature in TV programmes and a No.1 pop video. He launched CBS in 1999 with a tiny advert for just three products and by 2001 CBS had its own shop – a nine foot by thirty-foot mobile home. In 2012, Neil handed over the reins to Matt and so nowadays, he is a consultant for the business, constantly updating the catalogue of over four hundred and forty pages.