School friends Luke and Johnny have turned their keen passion for cars into their livelihood and business. It all started out in 2003 whilst the guys were at University together and they decided to purchase a CRX to break. This then snow balled into some more Honda’s being broken and they began to import a few cars too as a bit of a hobby until the pair decided that they could make a business out of it.
It was 2006 when they first took the plunge and officially setup Tegiwa Imports Ltd. Initially the business model revolved around importing performance Honda cars from Japan alongside used parts and wheels onto UK shores. The business developed further when they had some smaller parts like brake stoppers manufactured. However, when the recession hit back in 2009, the market for imported parts soon started to dry up, so the guys turned their hand to dealing aftermarket performance parts.
Fast forward to the modern day, and Tegiwa Imports are now the European distributor for global brands such as Skunk2 Racing, Yellow Speed Racing, K-Tuned, MFactory and Apex Race Parts. With over 150 brands on the website and still rapidly growing, Tegiwa is quickly becoming a household name amongst tuning enthusiasts. Tegiwa now boast a 22 person strong team and continue jumping from strength to strength, with an array of cars known internally as the Tegiwa Fast Fleet, including an endurance spec Honda NSX and BMW M4 GT4. We’re also title sponsors for the 750MC Club Enduro Championship and very much actively involved in the world of motorsport. Learn more about the team that makes Tegiwa what it is below!
On a day-to-day basis, Luke oversees the operations in Tegiwa and plays a major role in bringing new dealers on board. He’s the face of our motorsport ventures with him piloting our Honda NSX and BMW M4 GT4.
Toy: Honda NSX, BMW M4 GT4
Daily: Porsche Taycan 4S, Dodge RAM 1500
Dream Car: Koenigsegg Regera
Regret Selling: Evo 9 Wagon
A.K.A Johnny Tegiwa is considered to be the social face of Tegiwa – you’ll find him all over the internet replying to questions or requests from customers. He believes that interaction from the top is essential when keeping ‘in-touch’ with customers. He also oversees marketing, social media and is our resident Genuine Honda Parts nerd.
Toy: Porsche 911 GT3, Honda CRX VT
Daily: Porsche Taycan 4S, VW Amarok V6
Dream Car: Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Regret Selling: Will likely end up being my NSX
Andy, or ‘Fordy’ as some of you might know him as oversees the running of the warehouse. If he’s not in the warehouse, you’ll probably catch him in the workshop making HEL braided lines or whittling something up for one of our race cars.
Toy: Nissan Skyline R33 GTR
Daily: Mini Countryman Cooper S
Dream Car: Hummer H1 Alpha
Regret Selling: Phoenix Yellow DC2 98 Spec
The brains behind the e-commerce platform and anything else technical related. Often referred to as ‘Mikes Motors’ as he often turns up at Tegiwa HQ with a different car every week!
Toy: MK1 Focus RS, K-Swap EK, Honda S2000, EP3 Type R Trophy
Daily: BMW 135i Coupe
Dream Car: Lamborghini Huracan Performante
Regret Selling: Honda Civic EK9 Turbo
Richard deals with dealer support and orders the parts and components to keep our warehouse stocked. Forever tinkering with his own vehicles, if you’re on the phone to ‘technical support’, chances are you’ll be on the phone to Rich.
Toy: Datsun 240Z, K20 Civic EG
Daily: Audi A8
Dream Car: Lexus LFA
Regret Selling: Civic EG Turbo
Initially starting in the warehouse alongside Andy and moving up to the role of stock controller, Chris eventually made his way into the office. Not only does he support our customer service team, Chris heads up things on our eBay store.
Toy: Honda Integra DC5 Type R
Daily: Citroen AX 16v
Dream Car: McLaren F1 LM
Regret Selling: Rusty DC2
If there’s new graphics on the website, social media or a physical display, chances are that Dave’s made it. When he’s not sat at his desk producing the latest artwork, you’ll probably find him in the photobooth snapping the latest products or track side capturing Tegiwa’s racing ventures.
Toy: Honda Civic EP3 Type R Trophy
Daily: Skoda Fabia
Dream Car: Ferrari F40
Regret Selling: MK2 Ford Focus RS
What Jim doesn’t know about the most randomest of cars, isn’t worth knowing! Jim is on the frontline of the customer service team to deal with advice and orders.
Toy: Nissan 200SX S13
Daily: Honda Accord
Dream Car: Any R30 Skyline
Regret Selling: VW Jetta MK2
If you’ve been down to Tegiwa HQ, the first person you met was probably Thaine as he operates our reception and deals with our walk-in customers. If he’s not busy on the phonelines, you’ll more than likely find him in the kitchen eating his sixth meal of the day.
Daily: Fiat 500L
Dream Car: Mercedes C63 S Coupe
Regret Selling: Mini Cooper S
When we add a new brand to our e-commerce channels, it’s probably gone through Richard. Dealing with large spreadsheets of information, he’s responsible for putting this onto our website ready for you guys to buy.
Daily/Toy: JDM Honda S2000 AP1
Dream Car: Nissan Skyline GT-R Hakosuka
Regret Selling: None
Connor receives the latest products and is responsible for checking them in and locating them in our warehouse. When Connor’s not at work you’ll probably find him behind the wheel of his sim racer putting some laps in.
Daily: Honda CRX 1616i
Project: Honda CRX K-Swap
Dream Car: Ferrari F40
You’ll find Dan busy picking stock and packing parcels in our warehouse and making sure that everything is spick and span.
Daily: Honda Zoomer 50cc
Dream Car: 1969 El Camino
You’ll usually find George singing his heart out in our warehouse whilst he’s packing your orders!
Dream Car: Datsun 240Z / RB26
Working part-time in the warehouse alongside being a swimming instructor, you’ll find Kyle picking and parcels in the warehouse whilst listening to a football related podcast!
Daily: Toyota Yaris
Kyer initially joined Tegiwa as an office administrator before making the step over to the eBay team to help Chris. If you’re after help or support with our eBay webstore, Kyer will be their to lend a helping hand.
Daily: BMW E34
Dream Car: Porsche GT2 RS
Regret Selling: K-Swap EG
Our resident videographer, Spencer, is the man behind the lens of our fantastic YouTube channel. From promo vids to race weekends and unboxing videos, there’s not much that Spencer hasn’t tackled!
Toy: Renault Megane RS250
Daily: Peugeot 306
Jodie works closely with our suppliers to ensure efficient and timely supply of stock as well as establishing partnerships with new suppliers. It’s alway a good day at Tegiwa HQ when Jodie turns up with sugar-based snacks for the team!
Toy: On the hunt for a Defender to off-road
Daily: FRANK the Range Rover Sport
Dream Car: Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Regret Selling: Escort RS Turbo for £2000!!!
The latest recruit to the Tegiwa team, Josh ensures that your orders are processed and handed over to the warehouse team to fulfil your order. When he’s not busy in the office, he’ll be dealing with returns and lending a hand to the web-sales team.
Toy/Daily: Honda FN2 Type R
Dream Car: Mitsubishi Evo 8 MR FQ-330 HKS
Kyle, or more affectionally known as Colin to the Tegiwa crew for his love of Subaru’s, works with Connor in our warehouse to receive all of the latest products that come into Tegiwa HQ and make sure that they’re in their rightful place in our warehouse.
Toy: Subaru Impreza Hatch
Daily: Subaru Impreza STI
Dream Car: Shelby 67’ Mustang
Alex is part of our warehouse team and has always got a smile on his face! If he’s not busy packing your orders, you’ll find him down an aisle busy picking your products.
Toy: Ford Racing Puma
Daily: Range Rover
Dream Car: Jaguar XKSS