tom falconer


claremonts shop w/toms 1964



Tom Falconer is the founder and owner of Claremont Corvette and a well-known motoring author in the UK and the USA. He went to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1965 to study architecture at the University.  While still a student, he bought his first Corvette a 1966 327/350 convertible, from Eric Burdon of the Animals. Tom started Claremont in 1977, buying and selling Corvettes and Corvette parts from the historic Chimney Mill Windmill in Claremont Road, Newcastle from which the firm takes its name.  Tom now lives near Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent and as an ardent opponent of commuting by car, prefers cycling to work on his Time carbon fibre racing pedal cycle and says "Cars and roads have been hijacked by commuters who mostly don't even enjoy driving".

He has owned more than 700 Corvettes since 1971. Tom’s own Corvettes are the White 1964 convertible that Claremont restored from a barn find in 2002, and the unique 1988 C4 Corvette Engineering Mule EX-4670. He also rides a 1956 500cc Ariel VH.  He is the Judging Chairman of the UK Chapter of the NCRS, and a Founder Member of the CCCUK

Since 1982, Tom has written nine books about Corvettes, and contributes monthly columns to Corvette Fever in the USA and American Car World in the UK.  Original Corvette 1963-1967 was republished by MBI as Collector’s Originality Guide Corvette Sting Ray 1963-1967 in 2008. For his fourth book in this prestigious series, Original Corvette C4 1984-1996 was published in January 2009. A soft cover and updated version of Original Corvette C3 1968-1982 is published in April 2010.