For those who don't know me, my name is Colin (Big Col to many) and I've been involved with sports cars for more years than I care to mention.
Starting out at an Austin Rover Garage, I served my apprenticeship working on Rover engines and spent time as an MOT tester.
After about 12 years, looking for something different, I started work at Streber Motor Sport with Chris Smith. I learnt to build TVR's and Porsches for racing. This culminated in the team supporting driver Ian Flux in winning the TVR Tuscan Championship in 1996.
Moving on to Brooklands, I picked up all the necessary from working for a TVR main dealer before moving to Peninsula Automotive with Richard Smith, my mechanic mate from the Fluxie win of 1996 when he started on his own.
I continued to work alongside Rich, as Workshop Foreman and Master Technician, as he has progressed from Peninsula to Oaklands with a Lotus Dealership and finally at Dulford Automotive covering a whole spectrum of makes and models with TVRs at the heart.
Having been involved in motorsport for many years, 2012 I was involved in a partial rebuild of the Class B Tuscan which saw Andy Race finish 1st in class and 2nd overall (sorry Andy) in the Dunlop European TVR Championship.
TVRSSW was established in 2012 after the sad demise of Dulford and, here I am, 3 years later, a lucky man who has a job which is more like a hobby. I get to fix the cars whilst others deal with the paperwork.
Current projects include a complete restoration of a Chimaera and a carbon fibre Griff which is growing slowly. Racing for 2015 involves supporting Hugh Marshall with his Group A Tuscan, building a Class C TVR Griffith for Mike Blake and his first outing at the DTEC. as well as working alongside Andy Race in supporting Mark Czajka in his beautifully turned out Tuscan,
So there you go, 20 years of experience. I may have lost most of my hair but my love for the car continues.
TVRS (SW) is very much a family business and you will meet either my wife Tina or son Matt who alongside me keeping the paperwork straight and trying to keep me in order. Even brother-in-law, David is with us most Saturdays cleaning up your pride and joy ready for the off.
We love TVR's, the Mrs has a Chimaera, Matt is building a Griff and I have a 1978 Taimar hidden away until I have time to titivate. Even Phil isn't immune with a Tuscan Race Car being built and a chimaera restoration project also underway.
That's not to say we only work on TVR's. We do the lot and now have lots of other interesting sports cars coming in requiring our attention.
Everyone is welcome to visit the workshop. The kettle is always on and I like tea with one sugar if you are making. Pop in, we'd love to see you.