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Founder & Director
With over 30 years of experience in the classic car industry, Bill is firmly at the helm of Bill Rawles Classic Cars. With a wide range of expertise and skills, he is able to direct and manage the team as well as get his hands dirty too. Bill started working life as a press tool maker in the UK before living in Australia for 6 months in his early 20s, working at a garage. After moving back to the UK, Bill opened his first garage specialising in VW Beetles. He then went on to set up and run Rawles Engineering, subsequently Rawles Motorsport. Bill sold the previous company in 2007 with a plan to retire, but after countless emails and calls in 2008 Bill returned to the industry with a new stand-alone venture, Bill Rawles Classic Cars. We have NO connection to the previous company, although there is much confusion. Once you visit our new workshop, there is no comparison.
Charlie left college, immediately joined the family business and has been working on Austin-Healeys for over 10 years. The perfect link between Jack in the office and the workshop, Charlie is a font of knowledge when it comes to metalwork and specialist projects. As well as spending his days working on cars in for restoration or bodywork repair, Charlie manages a small team of engineers and every bodywork job that comes through the workshop - about 40 projects at any one time. Specialist projects Charlie has managed include completely remanufacturing an Austin-Healey 100S and the full restoration of NUE 854, the first right-hand drive Austin-Healey 100. In his spare time, Charlie is building his own aluminium bodied Healey Sprite as well as racing his Mk1 Mazda MX-5 in the UK MX-5 Championship.
Sales & Motorsport
If you call the office there’s a good chance you’ll get through to Jack. He looks after the day-to-day running of the business, general enquiries, car and parts sales and motorsport. Jack campaigns various Austin-Healey race cars all over Europe - you may have seen his videos on YouTube. He started racing in 2013 in the Ginetta Junior Championship before moving into historic racing and proving how competitive and reliable Bill Rawles Classic Cars-prepared machinery really is, already with a number of race wins, podium finishes, fastest laps and lap records to his name.
Adrian has been officially working as a mechanical engineer since the age of 16 but started working on cars much earlier than that. With nearly 40 years of experience, Adrian has the knowledge and expertise to manage a team of mechanics. There’s not often a tool Adrian doesn’t have in his 13 foot snap on tool box. Adrian has owned an Austin-Healey 3000 for over 20 years so we hope it gives you great peace of mind to know that your car is being looked after by someone as passionate about classic cars as you.
Greg has been with us for over 5 years, he's an old school friend of Charlie. Greg specialises in metalwork and fabrication and has restored many Healeys since he has been with us. Greg takes care of the metalwork before car bodies proceed to the paint department.
Dan manages the bodywork and paint preparation team. Dan completes all of the prep and paint on the cars and meticulously controls who goes in and out of his paint room... you better not make a mess! When he's not perfecting customer car bodywork, Dan can be found working on his MG Midget.
Will assembles and builds the engines you see winning races all over europe. An important member of the team and a qualified mechanic, Will also works alongside Adrian in the workshop disassembling and rebuilding cars. when he is not building engines, Will can be found driving his Frogeye Sprite or in race track pit lanes across Europe supporting our race cars.
Having worked with Bill for over 25 years, Rob is now part-time and specialises in building our gearboxes and transmissions. Rob has his own Triumph Dolomite spares business and has two Dolomite race cars which he campaigns across the UK.
Judy runs the office alongside Jack & Bill.
Rose and Bill met in 1987, within three weeks were engaged, married a year and a half later and shortly after followed a family of 3 boys: Ollie, Charlie & Jack. Rose started working with Bill in 2000 as a key member of the business running the accounts, marketing and our much-loved social media pages. Rose has recently taken a bit of a step back from day-to-day running now but is still a hugely important member of the team having played such a big role to build the business alongside Bill. Rose is the buttercream that holds it all together.
You will find Nathan buried deep into a restoration project within the bodyshop.
Sam has an avid enthusiasm towards restoration work and interest towards classic cars he has gelled well with the rest of the team and is progressing his skills around the workshop.
It's what we do best... We have NO association with Rawles Motorsport Ltd.