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Engine Performance Specialists

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Damico Engines Limited is a family run business located close to the Snetterton Race circuit in Norfolk specialising in the development, machining, building and testing of competition engines with excellent customer service at competitive prices.

As well as an enviable reputation within the motorsport industry, we are very experienced with engine restorations. Damico engines has the necessary equipment and experience required to overhaul and recondition all classic car engines.

Take a look at our restoration page.

Damico Engines Limited are also distributors for many of the industry's premium suppliers. We only provide our customers with the highest quality parts sourced from reputable companies and original equipment suppliers.

In addition to this we have a considerable amount of experience making components in small batches or even one-offs, often improving the original design, where replacement parts are no longer available.

We pride ourselves in the quality of our workmanship and have a comprehensive range of machinery and equipment at our 3,600sqft premises to cope with the most challenging operations.

Put simply, whatever your requirements, from the most basic cylinder head skim, to a bespoke competition engine development programme,

Damico Engines has the experience to provide.

Founded in 2003


Damico Engines Ltd was founded in 2003 on the Roudham park industrial estate, close to the Snetterton Race Circuit, Norfolk. UK

3,600 sq.ft

3,600 sq.ft

Workshop facility fully equipped to cater for the most challenging automotive engineering requirements

F56 Mini Challenge

F56 JCW Engines

Damico Engines Ltd is the chosen engine builder for the Mini Challenge JCW series

600 bhp Schenck dynabar range

600 bhp

Our Schenck D400 Dynabar water-brake Dynamometer can control power outputs up to 1,300Nm torque

2 miles from Snetterton

2 miles

The distance our workshop is situated from Snetterton Race circuit, Norfolk. UK

The front of Damico with the team

Established in 2003



38+ Years

Enhancing competition & restoring classic engines

12,000+ hours

Gas flowing cylinder heads to improve performance

5000+ hours

Calibrating & testing engines on a variety of dynamometers


Darren started his apprenticeship at B & E Randall when located in Bury St Edmunds

Darren Snelling - Company Director

Darren Snelling

Company Director

Darren has been working with competition engines from 1986, where he served his apprenticeship at B & E Randall earning a City & Guilds credit and distinction in Automotive Engineering. Working there for over 12 years, he gained experience with a wide range of performance engines, his list of duties included the development of cylinder heads, for more power. Many many hours were spent porting cylinder heads, measuring gasflow then backing up results on the dyno.

Darren changed opportunities when he moved to Autopoint Rolling Road Centre, where he took the role of Senior Technician, he was responsible for all engine development and modifications, designing major components, such as camshafts, valves & pistons. He was also actively involved in race car preparation, set up and track support helping Autopoint gain 3 championship wins and a constructors trophy.

In 2003, Darren set up a business to offer the highest standards possible at affordable prices so privately funded drivers could benefit from professional help and support. Darren has been investing in the business year on year acquiring more machinery and test equipment so Damico Engines truely has control over all the processes that go into the engines we build. 

Carol Snelling - Company Secretary

Carol Snelling

Company Secretary

Carol is Darren's wife of 31 years, she joined the family business in a full-time capacity in 2016, previously helping in the office on a part-time basis whilst raising their family. Carol is a key worker in the office who is responsible for sales invoicing, mail orders out, purchasing & accounting. Carol can be seen in her van most days making collections & deliveries on her way in and again on her way out of work.

Jeff Gibbs - Business Analyst

Jeff Gibbs

Business Analyst

Recognising the needs of a rapidly growing business, Darren contacted his friend of more than 14 years who achieved a 1st class Bachelors degree in Computing Science at the University of East Anglia. Jeff accepted the position and started work in April 2021. His first task was to create a new website and an inventory for our webstore. He also introduced a new cloud based platform for which all information relating to job cards and workshop procedures are kept. Jeff is now responsible for maintaining the website, keeping the webstore up to date, social media posts and general assistance with organising workflow.

Apprentice required

Apprentice Required

Could this be you?

Would you like a career in Engineering? if so, maybe we can help.

If you're hard working, a good communicator and a team player, please send your C.V to

Darren Gill - Cylinder Head Specialist

Darren Gill

Cylinder Head Specialist

Darren joined Damico in 2017, he studied at West Suffolk College where he achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance.

Darrens methodical approach for work and keen eye for detail, made him the perfect candidate for all things cylinder head related. Darren is currently studying an Integrated Masters Degree in Engineering.

Paul Snelling - Race Engine Builder

Paul Snelling

Race Engine Builder

Paul is Darrens youngest son who joined the family business in 2018. Paul studied at West Suffolk College where he achieved EAL Level 3 Diplomas in Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design and Technical Support. He passed all his qualifications with distinctions. Paul is now our main race engine builder.

Andrew Snelling - Senior Machinist

Andrew Snelling

Senior Machinist

Andrew is Darrens eldest son and has been working alongside his Father since 2008. Andrew studied at West Suffolk College where he achieved a Level 2 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering. Coupled with direct training from Darren, Andrew has become a first class machinist carrying out most of the engineering work and tool making requirements at Damico.


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