Behind The Scenes Of Restoration Garage
Opening the Guild Shop
We're back! Spend a morning opening up the Guild of Automotive Restorers with us!
Driven to Design: Keith Dean
Dave Grainger talks to famous car customizer and designer Keith Dean. First in a series of conversations with famous car designers.
(Season 9 coming soon)
Eccentric entrepreneur David Grainger might like to fly planes, ride horses and race boats but his true love has led him to one career and there is nothing blue-collar about it. At The Guild of Automotive Restorers, David Grainger and his team save the world's rarest classic vehicles. From re-building a one-of-a-kind turn of the century French De Dion, to recreating the multi million dollar Bugatti Aerolithe or by getting the engine of a 1969 Plymouth GTX roaring back to life.
David's crew of automobile mavericks turn rust into gold and deal with all the dents along the way. However, it is not just about the cars. David scours the planet's most elite auctions with friend and investment partner Larry Burns. They often bring back four wheeled gems to fix-and-flip. Shop manager Greg Bowler keeps the restoration garage machine running smoothly.
The Guild of Automotive Restorers established by David Grainger and Janice Stone, has been in business for over twenty-five years and has in that time become a world leader in the art of restoring and maintaining all classic, antique and exotic automobiles. It is also the home of the world broadcast television series Restoration Garage, now in its eighth season.
While we are intensely proud of our world-renowned creations like the Bugatti Aerolithe which won International Historical Car of the Year in 2013 and Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Pinin Speciale which took a top award at Villa D’Este, Lake Como, Italy, we are equally proud of the work we do on a daily basis.
That work ranges in scope from simple tune-ups for cars venturing out after a winter’s storage to engine rebuilds and complete mechanical service. The Guild is located in the town of Bradford, about 45 minutes north of Toronto, and is open to the public. You can visit its large showroom, which due to the demand has become more of a workshop than a showroom. Visitors can see projects currently worked on by the Guild's amazingly talented staff. Of course, comprehensive ground up restorations are our bread and butter and we have over two thousand projects under our belts. Among those two thousand plus vehicles, you find VW Bugs, Ferrari supercars, lots of American Muscle and great thirties classics. There are examples of pretty much everything else built with wheels as well.
We also have a collection of automotive gift items, which include, Guild Swag, die-cast model cars, gas pumps, nostalgia, car related antiques souvenirs and many curiosities. Come in and find something for the car lover in your family or take a trip down memory lane.
Read the Dolce Vita Luxury Magazine article on David Grainger: