While we believe it is important to have a professional company image, we also recognise that potential customers want to know exactly who they will be dealing with. We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce the faces behind Retropower!
Nathaniel (Nat) has an extensive engineering background as well as a passion for anything powered by internal combustion! After gaining a degree in mechanical engineering, he worked for several years as a Process Improvement Engineer for Timken Bearings, at their Leicestershire based steel rolling mill. Following this he was employed by Metzeler/Schlegel automotive (an automotive sealing systems manufacturer, supplying companies such as Bentley and Toyota) as Engineering Projects Manager.
Nat is in charge of the fabrication and engineering side of Retropower, and is more than capable of taking an automotive 'dream' and turning it into carefully designed and perfectly executed piece of engineering.
Daily drive: Mitsubishi L200
Current project: 1930's rat-rod truck with Cummins 6BT turbo diesel power!
Equally fanatical about cars, Callum (Cal) brings the 'artistic' element to the table. As well as being an experienced mechanic he has a history in music production and sound engineering, as well as serving many years on the management team at a large hotel & conference centre, something that gives Cal customer service manners not often associated with the automotive trade!
Cal has also always been a dedicated petrolhead, owning and restoring dozens of unusual cars over the years, as well as helping Nat with his projects along the way.
Cal is in charge of the design, assembly and wiring side of Retropower, and his eye for detail and vision for that 'perfect' combination of old and new ensures our vehicles look as good as they go!
Daily drive: BMW E30 Touring
Current Project: Opel Senator A
Gaz joined us at the start of 2011 and has a wealth of bodywork knowledge. He has over 15 years experience in the automotive bodywork trade both as a painter and, prior to starting at Retropower, working for a bodyshop products supplier. This has given Gaz an invaluable, in-depth knowledge of paints and bodyshop products.
Gaz is responsible for the bodyshop side of Retropower, ensuring every car leaves us with show-winning paintwork!
Daily drive: MK4 Golf TDI
Current project: MK2 Golf 20V Turbo
Joining us mid 2012, Stu brings a lifetime of panel beating experience to the table.
Stu started his career at Research Garage in 1979 as an accident repair panel beater. He subsequently took a position at Custom Chrome exhausts as a fabricator but later returned to Research until we took him on in 2012.
35 years of automotive metalwork experience combined with a passion for modified classics (Stu's 4x4 V8 powered Midget is well known in MG circles) makes Stu an invaluable member of our superb team.
Daily drive: Peugeot 307SW
Current project: MG Midget 4x4 V8
Also joining us in 2011, Marc has a number of years of bodywork experience under his belt, along with great general mechanical skills.
As well as being Gaz's right-hand man in the bodyshop, Marc is usually responsible for stripping down new projects, blasting work, detailing of components and general tinkering!
His methodical approach and tireless perseverance make him the ideal addition to our team!
Daily drive: Audi Q3
Current project: Audi S3
First and foremost is of course the quality of our work. We take great pride in all our projects, large or small, and every one is approached with the same exacting standards and keen attention to detail. Aside from this there are two major factors that set us apart from the competition:
One of the things that always tends to hold up an otherwise smoothly executed project is poor quality of work or slow service provided by sub-contractors. To solve this we offer almost all the necessary facilities 'in-house' (see the 'facilities' page for full details). This saves time, money and stress due not only from the actual employment of the outside companies, but from the transporting of your vehicle between premises.
We can also plan projects in more detail as we know exactly what is involved and what is actually possible with every step of the job.
With internet technology moving ahead all the time, we want to stay one step ahead of the rest and bring car restoration bang up to date!
Our website is designed not only as a showcase of our work, but also as a 'realtime' diary of all our major projects, allowing customers to see progress on their cars virtually as it happens. All our major projects also have their own Facebook pages, so you can not only see what is going on, but discuss it with like-minded enthusiasts - even suggest ideas!
We also post photos of interesting day-to-day activities around our workshop via Instagram and Twitter, and these can be viewed on the 'Blog' page of this website.
We check and respond to our emails daily, so it's quick and easy to discuss new ideas and details with us whether you are an existing customer or a new enquiry. How much involvement we have in your project's design is up to you, you can tell us every detail, or just give us a brief on what you want from the finished vehicle and let us do the rest.
We will always do our best to respond to your enquiries in the most comprehensive and helpful manner, however reading the information below will help answer a few basics allowing you to ask the most relevant questions when getting in touch.
"how much will it cost?"
This is (understandably) the question we get the most! With any restoration or custom build, there are a lot of variables and unknowns which will affect cost, but we can usually give you a fairly good 'ball-park' quote. When getting in touch please be as detailed as possible. For instance, how much rust are you aware of on the car, and where is it? (photos of the bad bits will help) Will it be supplied complete or stripped down? Etc.
"can I pay in installments?"
Yes! In fact we have a very simple procedure for payments. Work on your project is invoiced on a weekly basis. Invoices are broken down into full detail of labour and materials and are emailed along with a summary of that week's work and a photographic update. This way we are never owed any substantial sums, and our customers never get any shocking bills! Progress on your car can be viewed on our website, Facebook or Dropbox, so even if you are not able to get here in person, you can see the work that has been done before paying.
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Company Number 8009617. Registered in England & Wales. VAT Registration number 120 0520 91