No job is too small or too large for
our team under the bonnet
Tim Tilden Walker
During Tim's National Service he was Transport Officer for his regiment followed by a brief foray into banking in the City and spent several years as a petrol representative with National Benzole and Shell, and was in partnership with two local garages which all stood him in good stead to set up his business 'Tim Walker Restorations' in 1979. Tim owned and raced vintage cars all of his life. He found a 1930 Alvis Silver Eagle which stayed in the family for over 50 years. He also owned a Speed 20 Alvis Special and campaigned for hundreds of VSCC and BDC events. Her smooth engine and reliability is testament to Tim's skills and craftsmanship.
Guy Tilden Walker
From a very young age Guy was inspired by his father Tim Walker, as he watched him Build and race CJ (1935 Alvis speed 20.) Later in life Guy helped Tim Work on CJ as well as campaigning the car in the VSCC racing series. Racing vintage cars helped Guy understand how to set cars up for reliability and safety. Guy caught the vintage Vehicle bug from then on and began to help Tim in the workshops, where he experienced a wide variety of Vintage Marques and engineering. Guy was constantly surrounded by fine vintage motor cars. The only family car for many years was a lovely Silver Eagle nicknamed ET. Guy attended college and travelled throughout Africa and Australia before returning home to continue working with Tim in 1992. Guy Is very adventurous and indulges in many outdoor activities with his family, such as kayaking, yacht sailing, abseiling etc. His days are spent training the younger members of staff, eating biscuits and moaning!
Workshop Manager & Chief Machinist
Matt came to Tim Walker Restorations in 2001 from Ivan Dutton, the Bugatti specialist. He brought his wealth of Bugatti experience with him and now tackles a wide variety of projects. He supports the rest of the team with his machining skills as he is a fully qualified tool maker. Matt is the Workshop Manager and enjoys training the younger members of staff. You’ll often see Matt's friendly face at concours car events at VSCC racing meets – a real enthusiast!
Rob joined the team in 2019. He has vast experience restoring and rebuilding a diverse selection of vehicles, in fact, Rob co-owned a company that imported and commissioned Vintage land rovers, as well as other classic vehicles, from the US and supplied them to the European market. In his spare time, Rob will be tinkering with one of his classic Volkswagens; a 1956 beetle and a sand rail buggy. Competent in welding, spraying, fabrication and mechanical work, Rob is a valued member of the team. He (was) a keen rugby player, and still enjoys supporting his son in the Tring Rugby 1st Team at the weekends, as well as holidaying in his 30ft Winnebago!
Richard joined the team in 2021. With over 20 years experience restoring and preparing Bugattis and other marques, It would be safe to say Richard is a heritage vehicle enthusiast! He initially qualified as a tool maker/machinist, and deploys these precious skills to manufacture obsolete components to keep these vehicles safely on the road. Richard also has vast experience of race preparing and supporting heritage vehicles at several European tracks - he restored, race prepared, and supported a 1927 Bugatti Type 37 at the Historic Monaco Grand Prix, which competed very successfully. Richard has also been fortunate enough to attend the Mille Miglia several times supporting customers and ensuring the cars reliability throughout. When Richard isn’t at work with us, you’ll find him tinkering with his 1986 Porsche 944, which he is currently restoring.
Kyra joined the team in 2011. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business, strategic development, accounts, cashflow, invoicing, etc. as well as keeping all the boys in check! Before joining, Kyra was a manager of a thriving pub in her hometown of Wantage. Kyra is a big fan of watching live music and can often be found at gigs and festivals. Kyra likes to travel and see the world, and has spent a lot of time in Kenya and the Philippines.
Joe joined the team in 2014. Since then he has been awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Classic Vehicle Restoration Principles after completing a 3 year apprenticeship with us. In 2016 Joe won the Malcom Davey award; a competition in memory of Malcom Davey for all apprentices in the vintage car sector where each participant was tasked to design and manufacture a special tool to be used in the vehicle restoration environment. During weekends Joe enjoys fettling his fathers' 1930 Ford Model A as well as using the car for various events and car shows. He has recently completed the rebuild of a 1910 Adler engine, including modifying the complex cone clutch arrangement.
Many of you will recognise Toby, as he previously worked for TWR for 7 years! Toby left to complete a Masters degree at Portsmouth University, where he received a distinction in advanced manufacturing systems. His passion and knowledge for heritage cars soon sucked him back to TWR, and thus he rejoined in early 2022. While Toby was at university, he began to organise and start a formula student racing team. In the first year of racing, the team finished in the top 10 concept class and went on to win this class in their second year. By the third year Toby had led the team to even more success, becoming one of the top electric teams in the UK! On the weekends and whenever Toby finds spare time, you will find him tinkering with his Suzuki Jimmy that he has prepared to compete in RTV mud-plugging trials. Toby has supercharged the vehicle, rewritten the ECU and comprehensively adapted the suspension and chassis to create a vehicle capable of most RTV routes! Great to have you back Toby!
Emma joined the team in 2020. She is a keen vehicle enthusiast and is an apprentice, studying at the Heritage Skills Academy. She has nearly 4 years experience restoring and building Porsches and has regularly supported Porsche cars at race events all around the world, as well as race preparing and supporting a BMW 3.0l CSL for an American race series. At the weekends, you will find Emma tinkering with her 1982 Toyota MR2 as well as relaxing by working in her local altering shop, sewing and perfecting wedding dresses for peoples special day.
Geoff helps us manufacture and adapt components for the vintage vehicles. Geoff first learnt the tool maker trade as an apprentice in a marine engineering company. After serving a 5 year apprenticeship, Geoff began work at a gun drilling company where he quickly worked his way up and became chief engineer and chief CAD designer. After 6 years working as chief engineer, Geoff moved to another company where he manufactured and machined engine components for racing cars using CNC machines. Geoff enjoys gardening and doing DIY.