Meet the Team

Ian Wallman - Workshop Manager

Ian has always had an enthusiastic following for cars in general as he grew up around his fathers' vehicle repair workshop. From the age of 17 he was working evenings and weekends for his Dad whilst continuing his studies at Technical College to secure an HNC in Engineering. In 1990 Ian joined MGOC Spares as a Sales Advisor ultimately becoming an Office Administrator with responsibilities for the implementation of a new computerised stock control system.

After a brief spell away from MGOC to manage a vehicle fleet workshop, Ian returned to take up the post of MGOC Workshop Manager in 2000. Ian has owned a host of MGs including, MGB's, Midget 1500, MGF as well as other Classic Cars including a 1974 Dodge Charger and 1971 Dodge Challenger. Most of his spare time is consumed at the moment with a major house restoration.

Mark Robinson - Workshop Service Administrator

 

 

Nigel Crook - Vehicle Technician

Nigel came to MGOC Workshop in 2000 with a wealth of experience having worked on a variety of British Leyland and MG Rover products over a number of years. On leaving school Nigel gained full City & Guilds vehicle technician qualifications after a 4 year course at his local Technical College in Huntingdon.

He then secured an apprenticeship with a BL Dealership staying with them for many years becoming a fully trained MG Rover technician. Nigel has a keen interest in modified Classic Cars and owns a highly tuned 1961 Cosworth Powered Ford 100E. He has owned a number of MGs in the past but his current car is an MG ZR.

 

 

Rob Tyrrell - Vehicle Technician

Rob is one of our longest serving Technicians, having joined the team in 1992. He is a true Classic Car enthusiast with a particular interest in American V8 muscle cars. Rob went straight from school into a 4 year apprenticeship at an Alfa Romeo main dealer.

He then gained valuable experience with other mainstream brands such as Suzuki and Hyundai before coming to work for MGOC Workshop in 1992. Rob is our V8 specialist and a fully trained MG Rover Technician. He has carried out many V8 conversions for satisfied customers over the years. He has built several Hot Rod and Custom cars and is currently running a 1965 Dodge Coronet in Sportsman Drag Racing,and has a 1932 Ford Model 'B' Roadster. He has also owned several MGB's in his time with us but his present transport of choice is an MG ZTT.

 

Alex Cursley - Vehicle Technician

Alex has been with MGOC Workshop since 2006 and he is our MG Motor UK Appointed Personal Technician, liaising with all our customers that own the latest MG Motor UK products. He has always had a keen interest in motor cars and as young as 10 years he was having fun taking engines apart and rebuilding them. Whilst at school he was fortunate to gain work experience with a local MG Specialist garage near Huntingdon. As a result he was offered a Saturday job working on a variety of MGs including race prepared MGB's and V8s.

On leaving school Alex undertook a 3 year apprenticeship at the garage becoming a fully qualified technician. There then followed a short period as roadside breakdown technician before joining a Vauxhall main dealer for 6 years. In this period he campaigned an MG Metro quite successfully in the MG Metro Cup and also helped prepare an MGB V8 that was run in the BCV8 Championship. When a vacancy came up at MGOC Workshop, Alex seized the opportunity to work with MGs again. He is currently running an MGB and an MG ZTT.

 

Mark Empson – Bodyshop Vehicle Technician

 

Simon Denney – Vehicle Technician

Simon has always had an interest in classic cars helping his father rebuild a Triumph Vitesse when he was 14. He then bought his first Mini at the age of 16 and started rebuilding it at home whilst doing an engineering course at Cambridge College of Further Education. He then completed an apprenticeship at Holland's in Cambridge working on Fiats and later gaining experience on Datsun and Nissan followed by Suzuki and Lancia over a six year period. A move to the Cambridge main Volvo dealer for 8 years and then on to Marshalls of Cambridge for the next 17 years saw Simon working on Chrysler, Jeep and Hyundai before coming to the MG Owners' Club Workshop in 2016.

Simon's is a very keen cyclist and will think nothing of doing a 150 mile ride at the weekend but when he is not cycling he is probably tinkering with his 1970 MK 3 Mini which has undergone numerous changes over the year's firstly being rebuilt over a 7 year period and returning to the road with a 1340 cc Cooper engine. A radical change then followed in the shape of a 1300cc 16 valve engine gearbox and injection system from
a MK 1 Suzuki Swift GTI which completely transformed the car.

Simon finds working at the MG Owners' Club Workshop is totally different from being in a Main Dealer and he is pleased to have learnt new skills like fitting soft top hoods and says "It's the most rewarding job I have ever had. The transformation you see when a car comes in for a complete restoration is something you never see in a Main Dealer as often the MGs are built to the customers individual specification which adds greatly to the interest".

Dave Lawrence – Bodyshop Panel Beater & Welding Technician

Dave started his Motor Trade career in 1984 at the Gilbert Rice Ford main dealership in Cambridge where he trained as an apprentice Panel Beater. Over the years Dave has worked in a number of local bodyshops and for 5 years was engaged as a skilled coachbuilder.

We welcomed Dave to our dedicated Bodyshop team early in 2018 and he thoroughly enjoys working on Classic MGs where his coachbuilding skills are put to good use. Dave's ouside interests centre around classic and modern motorbikes and he enjoys both "offroading" and riding the B roads. For the bike enthusiasts, Dave's current stable includes a Husqvarna 450 Enduro, a Suzuki V-Strom 650 and a humble Vespa PX 200!

Nick Fearnley- Paint Technician

Nick went in to the Motor Trade in 1989 to work for his Uncle at John Newman Bodyworks in Gamlingay and stayed with the family business until 2000. During his time there he studied and achieved City & Guilds Paint and Panelbeating Certification.

In a temporary departure during 2000 he worked for a company that were painting engine components for Aston Martin at Newport Pagnell before rejoining John Newman in 2001. During 2014 Nick achieved Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Accreditation as an Automotive Technician before joining the MG Owners' Club Workshop as our Bodyshop Paint Technician. Whilst Nick does not own an MG, he enjoys his 1972 Classic VW Camper Van which he fully restored and has owned for the last 9 years. In his spare time he turns his undoubted skills to being the drummer in a local band.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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