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The Craftsmen and Women that Help You Keep Your British Vehicle on the
Road for Generations to Enjoy!
Our staff of professional, skilled craftsmen and women not only take
pride in their work, they also have a passion for the preservation of
antique automobiles. All of us at Kip Motor Company are dedicated to
helping you maintain and restore your vehicles to the highest levels of
authenticity and originality.
Sales and Customer Service
Brandon is the senior customer service representative, but also has a
lot of experience rebuilding parts -
particularly electrical components, steering boxes and water pumps. Since
joining KMC in 2004, he's picked up quite a bit of British car knowledge on the job and is
often referred to as the 'stump meister'. An "Air Cooled" Volkswagen aficionado, Brandon's dream car is a 356 Porsche, although anything fast makes his day.
Service and Restoration
Service Manager, Master Carchaeologist
Iain oversees service projects at Kip Motor with engine and gearbox
rebuilding amongst his
specialties. He has experienced all elements of restoration and service
during his career at KMC, and even occasionally backs up telephones during peak season. He first joined KMC in 1999 as a customer service representative before moving into the service & restoration end of the operation. Prior to joining KMC, he worked in the retail auto parts industry. Born in Quebec, Iain is bilingual and can handle calls from French speaking customers. His
wish list car is a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible - the epitome
vehicle of the 70's.
First coming to Kip Motor as a body and paint apprentice, Juan has spent
his years with KMC focused on honing
his skills in the art of body restoration. He is now a Master
Carchaeologist in charge of all metalwork, bodywork and painting for our restoration projects.
Giovanni "GTO" Cleghorn
Certified in Automotive & Diesel Technologies, Gio is passionate about
servicing and repairing rare and classic automobiles that many people
only hear or read about. Gio is instrumental in the Service Department
taking pride in preserving fine antique vehicles. His dream car is a
'95/'96 Mazda Cosmo Eunos, the last production of the three rotor Wankel
engine by Mazda which Gio states as a simply elegant piece of
engineering. Owning a 1972 Corvette Stingray T-Top, is on his other
Master Carcheologist and
After fourteen years of answering technical and parts questions, Bob retired May 2012 from Kip Motor Company to tinker on his own projects -
namely his Corvette, Studebakers and collection of model aircraft. He
returned to KMC in 2014 to work part time on our restoration projects. A
native of New England, Bob migrated around North America in his career
as a computer service and support technician before joining Kip Motor
Company in 1998.
Apprentice Carchaeologist &
Nathaniel joined Kip Motor Company in the spring of 2016, assisting
in parts production. Possessing a knack for anything mechanical and the ability to understand the 'why
things work', he quickly advanced to working on projects for
the Aero Division working on magnetos and assisting in rebuilding early
aero engines, especially Curtiss. With an affinity for Alfa Romeo's, he
can also be found reassembling our many restoration projects.
Master Carchaeologist & Chief Engineer Aero Division
Lloyd has been around the British auto
industry longer than Kip and is absolutely fluent in anything MG. Never too
old to learn new tricks, he is "taking off" in a new direction, and has
added Sopwith to his vernacular. He can now be found knee deep in 100
year old engineering drawings as lead engineer is the production of our Sopwith 1½
Chief Draftsman, Aero Division
A retired Air Force Chaplain, Olin assists the Aero
Division in the production of the Sopwith aeroplanes and components. Between his pastoral
duties, family, and mission trips, Olin can be found attending air shows with Kip -
Oshkosh, Dayton, and NWOC because he can walk the talk!
Director, Research & Development
A very talented artisan, Dave holds degrees in Math and Physics from East Texas State University.
Joining KMC in July of 1991, his primary responsibilities of product development and manufacturing
consume most of his time, although his technical and training skills are likely to be engaged during
any phase of vehicle troubleshooting, restoration and repair.
An avid Studebaker fan, Gayle joined KMC in 2006 as an apprentice with Dave manufacturing rubber and plastic authentic reproductions.
With her attention to detail (just like a woman)
KMC has produced some complicated lamp assemblies and bonnet badges and
pretty much taken over the kitchen cooking up polymers. She also works out in the
upholstery department assembling interior kits
and does a fine job making wiring harnesses. A classic pre-war sedan; Packard, Pierce Arrow or Studebaker would
make her happy. Are you listening Bob?
Chief Carchaeologist &
Founder and driving force behind KMC, Kip is a graduate of Michigan State University with
a degree in Business Administration. A member of the Antique Automobile Club of
America by the age of five, antique automobiles and history are his lifelong passion.
Always an Eagle Scout, we think
Kip holds a record for the greatest number of volunteer positions held
concurrently in Circle Ten Council BSA. He remains very active, currently as
Advisor for the Makade Aki Chapter of the
Order of the Arrow. Kip has served on the board of directors of a number
of charitable and other groups, including the British
Motor Trade Association and as Director of National
Activities, Central Division for the Antique Automobile Club of America,
also having served several terms as President of the Texas Region AACA.
It is not uncommon to find him on the phone with Rolls-Royce or the
National Museum of the United States Air Force, or similar
organizations, discussing issues with various aviation artifacts or just
walking them through the proper procedure for starting an early aero
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Debra's responsibilities include:
marketing, web-site management and event coordination.
For years, her daily driver was a Humber Super Snipe Series III, although on weekends
she might be spotted in her Metropolitan convertible or the family 1957 Lincoln Premier (lots of space for the
kids when they were little).
Debra enjoys coordinating the All
British & European Car Day held annually in Dallas as well as national meets and tours for the Texas Region, AACA. She to is active in scouting,
serving as Webmaster for Blackland Prairie District and leading Venture
Crew 759, a coed, high-adventure group for teens 14-21 through Boy Scouts of
America. In her spare time, she serves as a volunteer staffing leadership
training for adults (WoodBadge) and youth (NAYLE) for BSA.
Social Media Specialist
Studying as a marketing major at UT at Dallas, Aaron works part time at Kip Motor in a
variety of jobs from product photography, content provider for social media
outlets and marketing. An Eagle Scout, Aaron is passionate about
photography, competitive sailing, and serving as a pit crew member for a
Mazda prototype lite race car group. His dream car is the Pagani Huayra
because it is the definition of performance combined with hand made luxury.
Rigger, Aero Division
Taking Automotive Technologies in High School, Vlad is
a natural when it comes to mechanicals. His daily driver is a MG Midget (he
looks way cool driving it), and he's already replaced the head and
transmission. He helps out at the big shows as the Rigger, Technology
Meister, and gopher. A Life Scout, Vladimir has completed his Eagle project
and awaiting his Eagle Board of Review.
The company's mascot, Yoda is responsible
for mediation moments when we are stumped, frustrated, or need a break
through on troubleshooting a complex problem. We keep hearing him
mumble, "One with the car".
Dick Hawkins, PhD
Our resident professor, Dick assists KMC with historic and technical research, consulting
and general tinkering. He owns a plethora of British cars -- Austin, Jaguar, Morris,
Morgan, Riley, Triumph, etc. etc., etc.. Each September you'll find Dick headed to
England for Beaulieu, the giant autojumble near Southhampton, to scavenge for rare
British parts, books, and memorabilia.
With a degree in Fine Art from the University of North Texas, Steve plys his
craft by making metal stampings and cast metal parts; door handles, boot & bonnet
hinges, fenderscript, grille surrounds and other metal parts. His true love is collecting
Hudson's and attending Hudson Club meets throughout the US.
Jack Hartline - In Memoriam
Jack lost his courageous battle fighting Lymphoma on February 12, 2004. His attention to
detail, dedication to the preservation of British vehicles, camaraderie and sense of humor
is greatly be missed here at Kip Motor Company.
- In Memoriam
The matriarch of KMC, Sandra was responsible for the production of convertible tops and
interior components (carpets, panel & upholstery kits, headlinings, &
etc.) from 1995 to 2007. Her seamstress skills originated from her love of making her own
clothes in high school -- including her prom dress! Sandra, an
Alzheimer's victim, passed peacefully at her home on November 10, 2010
among family members. Our deepest gratitude to MJ Home Health Care and
Faith Presbyterian Hospice for the loving care they provided Sandy
during her final months and the friends and family who came to sing,
make music, and pray for her and Jerry.