AmD first came into existence in 1987 when owner Geoff Everett decided that his previous tuning business, the Car Clinic, was in desperate need of a rolling road. Unable to accommodate a rolling road test cell at his premises in Thatcham, Berks, new premises had to be found.
A typical village garage in the idyllic rural location of Oddington, Oxfordshire, was to be the new home for the next 15 years, and when the company moved there in January 1987, the business name was changed to Automotive Developments to reflect the more 'hi-tech' nature of the business. Whilst still trading under this name to this day, the nickname 'AmD' has also been adopted. This was created not by Geoff but by his customers and suppliers, who often shortened the name to 'AmD' for ease of use. This nickname stuck, and has since been adopted as the company logo.
It was whilst as Oddington that Geoff met racing driver Mike Devine. Geoff and Mike formed their business partnership in 1989.
From this point onwards the company began to specialize in the Audi-VW marque, forming their own VW-backed race team in 1990. Mike went on to win many a championship with AmD-built and tuned Golfs, which is why the company 'know their stuff' when it comes to engine and suspension tuning and remapping. This hands-on knowledge combined with a commitment to rigorous staff training and financial investment in technology, are why AmD are so highly regarded in the industry. It may also be why we are still going strong today, when many other engine tuners have been formed and have fallen by the wayside.
Sadly for us but great for him, Mike took early retirement in 1999, and Scott Evered took over his reigns. Scott brought a vast knowledge and experience of Audi with him, to the extent where business expanded so rapidly that another move of premises became necessary.
2002 heralded the further expansion of AmD Technik into the United States, Canada and Latin America!
Watch this space!!!