Team Project Shop
Simeon Cattle ~ Director
With a lifelong passion for classics, Simeon has bought some fantastic examples over the years. He regrets selling most of them, until he remembers the huge bills!
Straight out of school he worked for Chevron Cars as an apprentice before making his way into sales. In 2000 he moved to BMW Park Lane and spent 8 years in the network. During that time he worked his way through the sales department as a salesman, used car buyer and sales manager.
In 2008 he decided to get back to his first love of classic cars and strike out on his own. BMW’s continue to be his first love and he drives an E30 325i Sport which he reckons ‘makes life worth living’.
Dave Richards – Executive Producer
Dave has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the last 100 odd years of motoring history. Out of school he trained as a mechanic and MOT tester. A mid-life itch saw him taking the bold decision to break into the world of classic car journalism.
He started his career as a staff writer on Classic and Sports Car before moving to Bauer Media. He spent 4 years as editor of their national newspaper, Classic Car Weekly.
Besides to these exploits he has written scripts for Top Gear and most recently worked as the Project Manager for Car SOS. Dave is a talented broadcaster and photographer and heads up our exciting venture bringing a unique media twist to our workshop.
John Jardine ~ Workshop Controller
John ‘JJ’ Jardine has had a lifetime on the spanners. Straight from school and into an apprenticeship he learnt the trade when men were men and a mistake was rewarded with physical pain.
He has a colossal wealth of knowledge having spent a huge chunk of his career working for TWR as a development engineer.
During the late 90’s he went stateside to work for General Motors on the Hummer H2 project. One of the most entertaining engineering problems was how to make the H2 enter 18 inches of water at 40 MPH!
He is vocal in helping the team work out the many problems projects throw up. He keeps the lads on their toes making sure they focus on building amazing classic cars.
John Weller – Detail Engineer
John is entering his third decade on the spanners. He is particularly accomplished with old electrical systems and the fine art of engine and gearbox rebuilds. If it is slow, painstaking and would drive anyone else round the twist he is your man.
To help maintain focus he sets the Project Shop playlist keeping the boys grooving to R&B classics.
His cherished modern classic is a Fiat ‘little boat’ Barchetta which boasts more power in the stereo system than under the bonnet!
Zane Newall – Junior Engineer
Zane is the quietest and most gentle mechanic any of us have ever met. He simply gets on with the job in a methodical and careful way. It can be really easy to forget he is in the workshop until the moment that his head pops up and he asks for ‘some more work Boss’.
Corrupted into the world of motorcars from a young age by his father there is nothing he prefers more than to be elbow deep in a classic car. We are delighted to have him working with us and have him soak up the experience of the two John’s
Billy Earwicker ~ Junior Engineer
Despite his tender years, Billy has been busy balancing further education and work since 2010. We have seen him through his apprenticeship and learning to drive, so he has really grown up in the time he has been part of the team.
Interested in anything mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and steampunk he has experience on machinery as diverse as a sit-on lawn mower to a grandfather clock, but he really loves old cars.
Iwan Jones ~ 2nd Year Apprentice
Iwan has joined us whilst studying on the new Classic Car Apprenticeship program run at Banbury and Bicester College in conjunction with Bicester Heritage.
He has fallen under the spell of a chrome bumpered MG Midget which is busy consuming the majority of his wages.
He has been taken under the wing of the ‘two Johns’ and has learnt how to make a pretty decent brew. We look forward to helping him through his course and teaching him a few ‘life skills’ along the way.
Matt Dowell – 1st Year Apprentice
Matt has come to us already knowing how to wield a broom, make tea and take out the rubbish. This puts him far ahead of most first year students we meet! Because of these skills we have been busy teaching him how to fix classic cars.
He has a particular interest in welding and bodywork so we are going to get him as much Gas, MIG and TIG experience as possible. It will be a skill that he will have plenty of use for with his love for old Austin and Morris products!