Meet the Team

Ian Wallman – Workshop Manager

Ian has always had an enthusiastic following for cars in general as he grew up around his fathers’ vehicle repair workshop. From the age of 17 he was working evenings and weekends for his Dad whilst continuing his studies at Technical College to secure an HNC in Engineering.

In 1990 Ian joined MGOC Spares as a Sales Advisor ultimately becoming an Office Administrator with responsibilities for the implementation of a new computerised stock control system.

After a brief spell away from MGOC to manage a vehicle fleet workshop, Ian returned to take up the post of MGOC Workshop Manager in 2000. Ian has owned a host of MGs including, MGB’s, Midget 1500, MGF as well as other Classic Cars including a 1974 Dodge Charger and 1971 Dodge Challenger. Most of his spare time is consumed at the moment with a major house restoration..

Mark Robinson – Workshop Service Administrator

Mark completed his workshop apprenticeship with a Ford main dealer from there he took on the roll as service adviser and warranty administrator.

He was promoted to service manager which gave him a broader knowledge of the motor trade.

Mark then decided to move into a sales environment but outside of the motor trade. Taking up the position of area sales manager for Massey Ferguson construction machinery. He once again moved back into the motor trade in 1988, and has worked within the industry ever since.

He joined the MGOC in December 2013 working in the retail shop before moving to the MGOC Workshop in February 2016.

His favourite pastimes include riding and restoring Motorcycles and he currently owns a MG TF.

Nigel Crook – Vehicle Technician

Nigel came to MGOC Workshop in 2000 with a wealth of experience having worked on a variety of British Leyland and MG Rover products over a number of years. On leaving school Nigel gained full City & Guilds vehicle technician qualifications after a 4 year course at his local Technical College in Huntingdon.

He then secured an apprenticeship with a BL Dealership staying with them for many years becoming a fully trained MG Rover technician. Nigel has a keen interest in modified Classic Cars and owns a highly tuned 1961 Cosworth Powered Ford 100E. He has owned a number of MGs in the past but his current car is an MG ZR.

Rob Tyrrell – Vehicle Technician

Rob is one of our longest serving Technicians, having joined the team in 1992. He is a true Classic Car enthusiast with a particular interest in American V8 muscle cars. Rob went straight from school into a 4 year apprenticeship at an Alfa Romeo main dealer.

He then gained valuable experience with other mainstream brands such as Suzuki and Hyundai before coming to work for MGOC Workshop in 1992. Rob is our V8 specialist and a fully trained MG Rover Technician. He has carried out many V8 conversions for satisfied customers over the years. He has built several Hot Rod and Custom cars and is currently running a 1965 Dodge Coronet in Sportsman Drag Racing,and has a 1932 Ford Model ‘B’ Roadster. He has also owned several MGB’s in his time with us but his present transport of choice is an MG ZTT.

Alex Cursley – Vehicle Technician

Alex has been with MGOC Workshop since 2006 and is equally at home working on 1950s MG TD or the latest MG Motor UK products. He has always had a keen interest in motor cars and as young as 10 years he was having fun taking engines apart and rebuilding them. Whilst at school he was fortunate to gain work experience with a local MG Specialist garage near Huntingdon. As a result he was offered a Saturday job working on a variety of MGs including race prepared MGB’s and V8s.

On leaving school Alex undertook a 3 year apprenticeship at the garage becoming a fully qualified technician. There then followed a short period as roadside breakdown technician before joining a Vauxhall main dealer for 6 years. In this period he campaigned an MG Metro quite successfully in the MG Metro Cup and also helped prepare an MGB V8 that was run in the BCV8 Championship. When a vacancy came up at MGOC Workshop, Alex seized the opportunity to work with MGs again. He is currently running an MGB and an MG ZTT.

Dave Lawrence – Bodyshop Panel Beater & Welding Technician

Dave started his Motor Trade career in 1984 at the Gilbert Rice Ford main dealership in Cambridge where he trained as an apprentice Panel Beater. Over the years Dave has worked in a number of local bodyshops and for 5 years was engaged as a skilled coachbuilder.

We welcomed Dave to our dedicated Bodyshop team early in 2018 and he thoroughly enjoys working on Classic MGs where his coachbuilding skills are put to good use. Dave’s ouside interests centre around classic and modern motorbikes and he enjoys both “offroading” and riding the B roads. For the bike enthusiasts, Dave’s current stable includes a Husqvarna 450 Enduro, a Suzuki V-Strom 650 and a humble Vespa PX 200!

Mark Empson – Bodyshop Vehicle Technician

Mark made the Motor Trade his career choice straight from school achieving his City & Guilds certificate in Motor Vehicle Technology very quickly. Now some 39 years later he is very happy working on a whole variety of different MGs and other classics.

Over the years Mark has had extensive experience with maintaining and restoring many, BMC, Brtish Leyland and MG Rover cars. Mark is a keen motorsport enthusiast and has been successful competing and preparing vehicles in a variety of disciplines from Grass Track racing, Track Days and Circuit racing.

In fact he is currently preparing an MGB GT to race in the MG Owners’ Club Race Championship. Mark has a modest collection of classic cars, including, Minis, a Mk2 group 4 Ford Escort and an MGB GT that he maintains for his wife’s regular transport.

Nick Fearnley- Paint Technician

Nick went in to the Motor Trade in 1989 to work for his Uncle at John Newman Bodyworks in Gamlingay and stayed with the family business until 2000. During his time there he studied and achieved City & Guilds Paint and Panelbeating Certification.

In a temporary departure during 2000 he worked for a company that were painting engine components for Aston Martin at Newport Pagnell before rejoining John Newman in 2001. During 2014 Nick achieved Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Accreditation as an Automotive Technician before joining the MG Owners’ Club Workshop as our Bodyshop Paint Technician. Whilst Nick does not own an MG, he enjoys his 1972 Classic VW Camper Van which he fully restored and has owned for the last 9 years. In his spare time he turns his undoubted skills to being the drummer in a local band.