TVR's main supplier, Blackpool Automotive, is in administration, but it's not the end for the sports car firm. In fact, TVR bosses reckon it's just a new beginning.
Blackpool Automotive had been created late in 2006, as trouble grew for TVR, with staff laid off and discussions over moving the factory.
Blackpool Automotive was to have provided chassis and bodies for TVR, which would then be assembled at Bertone in Italy, as decided late last year. But with Blackpool Automotive in administration, a new network of British suppliers will be created.
Parts will come from Ricardo at its base near Cambridge, as well as other British manufacturing firms. These components will be assembled by Bertone in Italy into finished cars that will be sold by TVR.
TVR's management see it as a positive move, reckoning that a clean break from the firm's Blackpool era was the only way for it to move on. Here's hoping they succeed.