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Ever since I can remember I have been obsessed with cars, but more so specifically with classic cars and everything associated with them. So it came as no surprise that the moment I left school I joined Graham Warner’s ‘Chequered Flag’ in Chiswick, working on the restoration and preparation of classic sports for the showroom. It was also where I got my first taste of Lancias as not only were we an agent for Lancias as well as Scimitars and TVR, but also privately ran three Lancia Stratos in Group B Rallying. It was also where I acquired my first classic car; a 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite, the first of 28 classic cars I have owned to date, but without a doubt it was the one that most put a smile on my face!
It was this same little car that introduced me to the Cotswolds and planted a lifelong ambition to live there and ideally restore classic cars.
A career change into advertising as an Art Director for Saatchi & Saatchi where everything was about attention to the minutest details indirectly spurred on my passion for high end classic car restoration and Concour D Elegance. Travelling the world with the company saw a full bare chassis restoration of a 1948 Jaguar MK5 in Australia; a concourse restoration of an Alfa Romeo 1750 Coupe in Malaysia which won the national Concourse D Elegance in Singapore; an Austin Seven Ruby in Cairo and concourse restoration of a Mercedes Benz 280 SL in Dubai.
Returning to the UK, I became responsible for Lancaster’s classic car events in particular Lancaster Classic Car Show at the NEC Birmingham recognised as one of the biggest and best shows in the world, prior to being responsible for the maintenance and up keep of the super car collection of John Hunt, which included an original Lamborghini Jota, one of several Lamborghinis, sharing space with 12 Ferraris, a trio of Bugatti, XJ220 to name a few.
However, when the opportunity came to work with Thornley Kelham, and live and work in the Cotswolds with like-minded people who share the same passion for beautiful classic cars and an uncompromising dedication for perfection, I leapt at the opportunity.
Favourite Car: The Ferrari P4 (mind you, I wouldn’t say no to an Alfa Romeo 8C).