"Putting style on the road"
The story of Haldane Developments and what happened...
Born 1959. Before joining Howden, Alasdair had graduated from Glasgow University with a BSc in aeronautical
engineering. He later gained a European engineering qualification, Eur.Ing. confirming his considerable
capabilities. Alasdair was skilled in design engineering with a comprehensive understanding of CAD systems.
Alasdair also had excellent practical skills in welding and metal processing. An active member of the Scottish
Sporting Car Club, Alasdair had built a Dutton and competed in various events. After 1994 Alasdair went to
Owner of a family business in Glasgow and long-time friend of Brian Harrison, David brought initial finance and
financial management, to the company. David's business interests included Bus Tour operation, Service Stations,
two car dealerships and a motor spares company. He was also an active member of the Scottish Motor Traders
It should be noted with deep regret, that shortly after the closure of Haldane Developments in 1994,
David Haldane and his wife lost their lives in a drowning accident, whilst trying to rescue a friend in the
sea off Paphos, Cyprus.
Brian was employed in industry and his own companies for over 35 years, primarily focused on Product
Development Management taking products from basic concept, through market analysis, prototyping, costing,
manufacturing to market launch. Although having no formal qualifications Brian had an in-depth understanding
of engineering and composite structures.
1962: Re-built a 50's Rochdale kitcar employing Ford Popular components.
1964: Purchased an Austin-Healey "Frog-eye" which he modified to 'Sebring' style with fibreglass panels and
Aquaplane engine components. Also at this time met neighbour and fellow Sprite owner John Alexander, who had
prestige car and F2 race team experience and was working as a service engineer in a Haldane service station.
1967-74: With the support of David Haldane, Brian and John built a Mini-Marcos for circuit racing, sprints and
hill climbs. This achieved considerable success and the pair graduated to single-seater racing culminating in
the development of a Vixen VB5 with a Minnow-Fish turbo system on a heavily modified 998cc Imp engine.
This car was "ridiculously quick" and had a power to weight ratio approaching that of an F2. Brian
won the Scottish F. Libre Championship, up to 1600cc class with this car in 1974. Also at this time he was test
driving sports and single-seat cars for other teams.
1975: With more family and business responsibilities, Brian retired from racing in 1975 and took up something
less expensive and less dangerous...... Hang-Gliding!
1975-1982: Active pioneer in Ultralight aviation, resigning employment to form his own company, Eurowing, which
had a production unit in East Kilbride and manufactured over 360 hang gliders and 70 composite structure
ultralights. This company received financial support from the Scottish Dev. Agency and East Kilbride Dev. Corp.
and actively exported to dealers throughout Europe and Scandinavia.
Introduced the first power unit to hang-gliders and was a founder member and 1st Safety Officer of the British Microlight Aircraft Association
1982: Sold Eurowing assets to Metalfax in Suffolk and helped them achieve production of the company's
Shadow aircraft. David Haldane bought one.
1983: Worked in California on composite aircraft developments and the repair of wind turbine blades damaged
in transit from Denmark to California.
1984: Joined the Wind Turbine Division of the Howden Group in Glasgow as an Export Sales Manager and also
had consultant/management duties in the composite production of wind turbine blades, inshore rescue craft
and bobsleigh shells.
1987: With Howden fellow employee Alasdair Scott formed Haldane Developments. Initially they were working on
a part-time basis.
From 1994 onwards:
Started another project in on-board data acquisition for race karts and motorbikes. His subsequent
involvements have included ultra light motor gliders and products for the music industry.
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