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My career began at 14 working for a local blacksmith learning invaluable metal working skills and techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed this but had a growing urge to work with cars and learn how to make body panels and repair them. When I was 15 I had a week’s work experience at a small classic car restoration company based near Cirencester. I was offered an apprenticeship after this and eagerly accepted it. After working there for 5 years I had completed an NVQ Level 3 in Car Body Repair at Bristol Automotive Academy (SANDAA) and gained a wide range of the basic automotive skills and classic car restoration techniques.
Nothing excites me more than cars. Since playing with Hot wheels cars and ‘Need for Speed’ on the PlayStation, my love for cars has never stopped growing. Custom and modified cars and vehicles - from American muscle and Hot-rods to Japanese imports - are what really excite and inspire me. Small motorcycle builds were common for me as a teenager and I am currently rebuilding another. My current car build is a 1984 Mazda Rx7 FB. I enjoy dismantling things and finding out how they work and this has fascinated me since I was young. I regularly work at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival as a Paddock Marshall.
I am relishing all the opportunities being provided here at Thornley Kelham for learning new skills and techniques and working with experienced colleagues. I look forward to exciting and interesting projects in the future.