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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
As of May 2012,
Brandon is the senior customer service representative. Previously,
Brandon was busy rebuilding parts -
particularly electrical components as well as being Number 2 on the
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
Coming from Boardwalk Ferrari in 2014, Randy brings experience in exotic car
restoration process management. As an ASE Master Technician and Machinist,
Randy holds additional certifications from numerous European car
manufactures. As a kid, Randy saw a 1957 Desoto Firedome hardtop which
started his passion for vintage vehicles. A true Italian at heart, Randy
enjoys fine espresso, drives a Fiat Abarth, and plans to travel throughout
Italy studying local epicurean delights.
Service Manager, Master Carchaeologist
Iain oversees service projects at Kip Motor with engine overhauling his
specialty. Prior to that, Iain spent the majority of his time on numerous restoration and service projects at KMC, as well as backing 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.
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, he's got his other
wish list car.
Coming to Kip Motor as a body and paint apprentice, Juan focused on honing
his skills in the art of body restoration. After four years of hands-on
experience and guidance, Juan is now the Master Technician in body metal
work and painting for our restoration projects.
Nick graduated from McPherson College
May 2015 with a degree in Automotive Restoration and Technology. He also
earned a BS from Texas A&M University in History of Building Technology,
Construction and Design. During the summers, Nick gained experience at a
brake and lift service center and interned at JPM Coachworks
manufacturing and installing interior upholstery. Joining KMC in June
2015, he applies his craft with the restoration team. In his spare time, he
works on his '68 Karmann Ghia project car, participates in SCCA
Autocross, and enjoys reading. The Jaguar D-Type is the car of his
dreams, an amazing vehicle with beautiful lines.
With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and an Associates
Degree in Automotive Restoration Technology from Pennsylvania College of
Technology, Ryan joined Kip Motor Co. in August 2015. He gained valuable
shop experience as the first Hagerty Education Program (HEP) apprentice
at Precision Motor Cars in Allentown, PA, the restoration facility of
the Nicola Bulgari Collection. Ryan enjoys restoring cars because "it is
a great picture of what Jesus Christ can do for us. He takes our junk,
our rust, and our worn out bodies and restores them back to their
original condition...the way were were created to be and live." The car
of his dreams...a 1934 Packard V12 Convertible Sedan, one of the most
beautiful and elegant vehicles ever built. Read more about Ryan and the
Hagerty Education Program
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.
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 helps out in the
upholstery department assembling interior kits
and does a fine job making wiring harnesses. A classic pre-war sedan
such as a Packard, Pierce Arrow or Studebaker President would be her
dream car selection.
Fine Metal Working Specialist
Joining Kip Motor in 2013, Kendra specializes in metal casting and
production making a wide variety of parts, or "art for car collectors" as she
puts it. She earned her BA in Social Science with a minor in Drawing and
Painting as well as Japanese from University of North Texas. Active in
the local Anime club, Kendra participate in forums and conventions in
the North Texas area. She'd prefer a 'teleportation vehicle' so she
wouldn't have to spend time in traffic and get to her final destination
in a split second!
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.
Kip is very active in Boy Scouts of America as the Scout Master for his
son's scout Troop #759 and is finishing his term as District Program
Chair for Blackland Prairie District, Circle 10 Council.
Currently, Kip is engaged as the Makade Aki Chapter Advisor for the
Order of the Arrow. He has served on the board of directors for the British
Motor Trade Association as well as Director of National
Activities, Central Division for the Antique Automobile Club of America;
Past President of Texas Region AACA.
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
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 takes summers off to be with the
kids - Tatyana and Vladimir. She to is active in scouting, leading Venture
Crew 759, a coed, high-adventure group for teens 14-21 through Boy Scouts of
Social Media Specialist
Studying as a marketing major at UT at Dallas, Aaron works 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.
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,
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.