Our Staff

Vintage Restorations Ltd. has an experienced, professional staff that is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the final product is both what the customer expects and desires. We are always happy to provide encouragement, free advice and technical assistance to anyone who is thinking of purchasing an antique car for refurbishment or restoration.

John M. Tokar, Owner and Operations Manager has 40 years experience with British cars. John began collecting British cars while in college and developed a specialty in MG sports cars. After receiving a degree in Chemistry, he joined the Federal Government (NOAA) to pursue a career in oceanography/ocean engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering/Management. Vintage Restorations Limited was formed as a corporation in 1992. After retiring from the Government in 1998, John expanded the company and began operating the business full time. He has personally restored and currently owns a number of British cars, including this MGA. His long standing affiliations with noted automotive organizations including the MG Car Club Washington D.C. Centre and the North American MGA Register (NAMGAR). He also served as the Vice Chairman of the Chesapeake Chapter of the New England MGT Register (NEMGTR) and is currently Chairman of The Original British Car Day.


Jim Booth, Restoration Technician started working on British and European cars when he was 16. He took a summer job in a little sports car shop in Towson, MD called 30 East. Its been his passion ever since. Jim worked for a Triumph dealer in the early 70s and has worked in several restoration shops in the area and ran his own business for over 10 years. Jim has been involved for many years in the restoration of prewar and post war vintage cars and vintage race cars. He is an excellent problem solver whether it is fabricating an unavailable part or just understanding how they did it back then. Over the years counting only the cars he registered and drove as daily drivers, he has owned 15 British, 8 German, 5 Italian, 3 Swedish and 1 French. He has also owned a number of British and Italian Motorcycles.

Bob Tyson,
Bob has been involved with cars and motorcycles, both as a hobby and a profession since age 12. Bob worked for several machine shops over the years and in a Harley Davidson dealership, where he ran their custom machine shop. Bob attended 3D CAD design and related engineering classes and later ran his own machine shop doing custom welding and machining. In the 1980's, Broadcast Sports Inc. hired him to design and perform prototype machining for on-board camera systems for NASCAR. Bob then moved on to Oceaneering International as a Mechanical Designer, where he designed equipment for Navy submarines and theme park rides for Universal Studios. Bob's motorcycle and car hobby continued to grow into a large collection of antique motorcycles and cars totaling over 30 in all! We rely on his design and machining experience which is complemented by his automotive and motorcycle mechanical skills. Bob's broad breadth of experience makes him a valuable member of the Vintage Restorations staff as he takes on the many restoration projects in our shop.

Dan Wolf, Restoration Technician, has crewed for and raced British cars, formula cars, such as continentals and Atlantics, along with German cars since he was 16. He has worked on primarily British, German, and Italian cars as well as getting his feet wet in the hot rod world. He specializes in repairing and hand making parts that are no longer available. Metal fabrication is Dans specialty, but he also performs all tasks necessary to complete a restoration from beginning to end using modern and old school techniques of the trade.

Bill Hemelt, Restoration Technician, has 40 years experience. He was factory trained in Fiat, Triumph, Lancia Alfa Romeo and Lotus. Bill has been working at foreign car shops since graduating high school in 1976. He spent some time in the late 70s at a Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Triumph dealer. Much of his time was spent servicing all sorts of exotics including Lamborghini, Ferrari and Lotus. He has worked at local independents for over 20 years performing all phases of restoration and repair.

Laurel Tokar, Office/Shop coordinator and Restoration Assistant, has been around British cars since her childhood. She handles office administration, customer service, work scheduling/delegating, invoicing and web photos. She assists the technicians with restorations and performs light operations in the shop as needed. Laurel uses her classic cars as daily transportation, rain, snow or shine, disproving the myth that these cars can only be used for shows and weekend drives!

Lin Snider, Restoration Consultant, has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration. He has over 40 years experience collecting and working on British cars with expert knowledge in MG sports cars. He provides advice and council in support of the restoration process. Lin also assists with company administrative operations and customer service and relations.

Core Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 9:00am until 4:30pm

Vintage Restorations Limited
52 North Main Street
Union Bridge, Maryland 21791

410-775-0500 (Phone)
410-775-0501 (Fax)


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