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 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
Core Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 9:00am until 4:30pm
Vintage Restorations Limited
52 North Main Street
Union Bridge, Maryland 21791
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