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

John has 45 years experience with British cars. He 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 NOAA 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 serves as the Vice Chairman of the Chesapeake Chapter of the New England MGT Register (NEMGTR) and is currently serving in a consulting capacity for The Original British Car Day.

Dan Wolf

Restoration Technician

Dan 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 Dan’s 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

Bill has 40 years experience in automotive collector car field. 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 & Restoration Assistant

Laurel 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

Lin has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration. He has over 45 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 administration, customer relations and service operations.

Bryce McClanahan

Restoration Technician

Bryce received an associate degree in Automotive Restoration from Pennsylvania College of Technology, A Penn State Affiliate, in August of 2020. While attending college Bryce worked as a Porter and Technician’s Assistant for a Ford Dealership. He has a love of classic cars and is a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Bryce handles general service operations as well as the restoration and repair of various make and models in our shop. Small component restoration is his specialty.

Cole Tanner

Restoration Technician

Cole attended McPherson College in McPherson Kansas where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Automotive Restoration, with a focus in Engine rebuilding and Electrical Restoration. While attending the college he had the pleasure of servicing and restoring Lamborghinis, Bugatti’s, and Porsches at various shops around the country. He is a member of many car clubs including but not limited to the AACA and PCA. You might see or meet him outside of the shop, attending car shows, or driving around the DC area in his 1929 Ford Model A. Cole specializes in problem solving and full car restorations.