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Bryan Webb

Managing Director, Webb & Sons

Topic:

Restoring Classics

Abstract

Bryan will be addressing the definitions of restoration to classic cars while comparing the effect that various levels of restoration have on the car’s residual value.

Bryan will be asking important questions such as; How different the restoration process often is when done for commercial gain? The main reasons why cars get restored? Why not every restoration increases the value of the car and why people spend wildly different amounts of money on restorations?

Bryan will demonstrate these points with illustrations of what often goes wrong in the process and why. He will address skills shortages in South Africa and how Webb & Sons have found unique ways to work around the issue.

Bryan will conclude by addressing the popular subject of Resto-mods, where they fit into the whole spectrum and finally look at a few things to consider when buying a restored car.

Speaker Biography

Bryan Webb started a love affair with cars at the age of two.
Sixty years later and after 5 years at Crossley & Webb, the company he set up in Cape Town in 2013, Brian is more involved with cars now than ever, focusing his attention on Classics and their restoration with a deep-rooted passion for Heritage Aston Martins.

A graduate mechanical engineer from Imperial College in London, he started his career in heavy engineering involving industrial heat exchangers and then moved into pneumatics developing automated production systems for brass fittings and copper tube extrusion before making another career move into plastics in the early 80’s becoming technical manager at a UK company manufacturing thermoplastic pipe and fittings systems. In late 1983 he relocated to Johannesburg becoming a co-owner in a plastics processing machinery supplier, taking over 100% in 1991. In 2000 he sold half of the company to a Saudi group owned by the inner circle of the Saudi royal family and spent 5 years travelling the World setting up plastic pipe making plants in diverse locations such as Siberia tackling the challenges of making pipe up to 1,4m in diameter with ambient day time temperatures of minus 30 deg C.

In 2006, Bryan bought back his shareholding and moved into the plastics packaging industry until 2012 when he sold the business, moved to Cape Town and wondered what to do next.

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