Ian’s apprentices are the focus of his business. He’s not in it for the money, but to train Thomas and Jay to ‘strip it down and fix it’. Both are already level 2 apprentices, moving up to level 3. Ian’s garage is currently working on several classic vehicles which are putting the boys through their paces. One is a series-2 Land Rover, an ex-army lightweight model from 1972 with high mudguards and reduced mass for a fast response. Its previous owner replaced the original 2.25L petrol engine with a modern 200TDI diesel. As a result, Thomas has been handed a box of cables and told to crack on and re-wire it. Ian makes a point of giving the boys the jobs they hate to make them learn.
As well as a 1953 Standard Vanguard and a 1974 series-3 Land Rover, Ian’s garage is working on a 1978 Bedford Campervan. The Bedford has had its front end taken off and needs a lot of welding work, one of the various skills for which Ian is locally known. Ian’s hobby is also his job – he says that he comes to work and smiles. The next items on his bucket list are learning to drive a car transporter and running in an iron-man event. As a skilled, motivated professional with a passion for nurturing talent, Ian is right at home at South Ormsby.