FAI Automotive plc, based in Leighton Buzzard, England (one hour north of London) is the UK’s leading independent distributor of replacement auto parts. Offering an all-makes programme with the FAI brand, covering European and Japanese passenger cars and light vans.
They distribute throughout the UK to the garage industry, via a network of local stockists (Motor Factors) together with direct supply to engine re-conditioners. They also have an active export section doing business in over 50 countries.
FAI Automotive plc evolved out of motor sport, with its attendant high standards of technical, logistical and administrative efficiency. Ian Walker, our Founder was a semi-professional racing and rally driver from 1956 to 1962, when he retired from driving and formed Ian Walker Racing.
This was a fully professional four-car team, which campaigned all over Europe and North America with considerable success. Apart from two contracted drivers, the team was fortunate to have the services, on an occasional basis, of such drivers as Jimmy Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart. When IWR was closed down in 1968, its assets and some of the personnel were integrated into Ian Walker Service – a garage business – which specialized in the sale and service of high performance cars, particularly Lotus. It also produced and marketed performance conversions, such as camshafts, cylinder heads, inlet and exhaust manifolds and eventually, complete competition engines.
In 1974 they commenced engine re-conditioning for road cars and consequently were regrinding road camshafts and, due to the cost of engine parts prevailing then, began sourcing outside of the franchised networks. They saw a market opportunity to offer a range of engine parts to the engine re-conditioning industry.
Commencing in 1976 the small range offered included re-profiled camshafts, followers, tappets, rocker shafts, oil pump repair kits, timing chain and core plugs. FAI started with an 8 part range consisting of a total of only 135 part numbers, and were operating out of premises comprising of 2,250 square feet.
Subsequent years have seen constant growth to the product range on offer, the most important of which is Gasket Sets, and the range now includes “non engine” product such as Steering/Suspension, CV Boot Kits, Gaiters and Coil Springs.
FAI Auto Parts now operate out of premises covering 67,500 square feet and our current product range of 22 lines consists of over 35,000 part numbers, covering 65 vehicle manufacturers and at any time, our average parts inventory totals 4,000,000 items.
They believe our continuing success is because we have maintained certain key principles including:
- Technical Excellence
- Quality Products
- Value for Money
- First Class Cataloguing
- Good Customer Relations