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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 Foster

Brandon Foster
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 phones. 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

Randy Bush,
Restoration Manager,
Master Carchaeologist

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.
 

 

Ian MacLeod Service Mgr @ KMCIain MacLeod,
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
Journeyman Carchaeologist

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.

 

Juan Garcia,
Master Carchaeologist

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 Foglietta,
Journeyman Carchaeologist

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. 

Ryan Levesque,
Restoration Specialist
Journeyman Carchaeologist

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 here.  

Bob MacLeod,
Restoration Technician

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.


 

Production

Dave Spradling
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.

 

 

Gayle MacLeod
Master Carchaeologist

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 she has 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. 

Kendra Wiese,
Fine Metal Working Specialist
Journeyman Carchaeologist

Joining Kip Motor in 2013, Kendra specializes in metal casting and stamping 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!

Administrative

Kip Lankenau (aka Yoda)
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.
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. 


Debra Lankenau
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). 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 America.

Aaron Noble,
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.

 

 

 

Master Yoda
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".

 

Carcheologist

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.

Steve Traudt, Retired
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.

Sandra C. Lankenau - 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.


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