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Andy Bell, Technical Director, Ecurie Bertelli

Andy Bell - Technical Director

Andy’s passion for Astons stretches over 40 years. Having been with the firm since 1977, he has owned and run it between 1992 and 2016. His knowledge and technical expertise are unsurpassed for these cars - there is no problem he can’t overcome! He is also the technical consultant for pre-war cars of the Aston Martin Owners Club.

Robert Blakemore, Managing Director, Ecurie Bertelli

Robert Blakemore - Managing Director

Since the age of 7, Robert has been involved with these incredible cars. As one of the next generation of pre-war Aston enthusiasts, he is equally at home on the racetrack as in the workshop. He is dedicated to preserving the heritage of these unique vehicles. Free time sees Robert enjoy historic racing and time with his family.

Ali Blakemore, Events, Publicity & Administration, Ecurie Bertelli

Ali Blakemore - Events, Publicity & Administration

Previously an airline pilot along with husband Robert, Ali brings a new flavour to the company. Having designed the new showroom, she is keen to keep Ecurie Bertelli firmly rooted in its rich history whilst taking on a modern feel. She enjoys playing bass guitar and geocaching in her spare time.

Bryan Chapman, Engineer, Ecurie Bertelli

Bryan Chapman - Engineer

Our longest serving employee, Bryan joined Aston Martin in 1975 and completed a fully indentured apprenticeship. He later joined the renowned Tickford coachbuilders. He has accrued over 40 years’ experience in vehicle restoration including bespoke transmission and braking systems. He enjoys rural pursuits and is a Collie Club member.

John Skelton, Machinist, Ecurie Bertelli

John Skelton - Machinist

John’s expertise in machining is unmatched with over 50 years’ experience. His skills are invaluable in finishing the specialist parts manufactured at the foundry. His hobbies are enjoying classic car and motorcycle shows as well as working on his own vehicles, and also some DIY.

Simon Fisher , Engine-building specialist, Ecurie Bertelli

Simon Fisher - Engine-building specialist

There is no better pre-war Aston engine than one built by Simon. He pays fantastic attention to detail and knows these engines inside and out. In his spare time he enjoys building and flying model aircraft, many of which he builds himself. He also runs a vintage car enthusiasts club.

James Aldridge, Engineer & electrics specialist, Ecurie Bertelli

James Aldridge - Engineer & electrics specialist

Having had a insatiable interest in all things mechanical since childhood, James has now been restoring our Astons for many years and his mechanical skills and working knowledge of electrical systems is invaluable. His hobbies include looking after his own vintage cars and repair of vintage electronics.

Will Kettleborough, Engineer & fabrication specialist, Ecurie Bertelli

Will Kettleborough - Engineer & fabrication specialist

Will is a true craftsman and can make just about anything. He has demonstrated time and again how his skills and eye for detail can produce bespoke parts to precise specifications. He is a keen guitarist in his spare time and writes his own material, playing at local gigs with his band.

Paul Chopping, Engineer & race support specialist, Ecurie Bertelli

Paul Chopping - Engineer & race support specialist

Paul’s skill set is from a wide spectrum including historic F1, Nissan’s rally team, and he also looked after Bjorn Waldegard’s Ford in the year he won the WRC, and also support of some significant post-war Astons: DB3S, DBR1, Project 212 & 214, and DRB4. Paul is a welcome addition to our team and a fantastic engineer. His many years of race support has been to our customers’ benefit.

Adrian Martin, Machinist, Ecurie Bertelli

Adrian Martin - Machinist

Adrian is an experienced machinist, coming from us from a Silverstone-based company producing high tolerance components for Formula One teams such as Red Bull. He works alongside John in the machine shop finishing and fabricating our parts. In his spare time, Adrian enjoys playing squash and cycling.

Gavin Tappenden, Engineer, Ecurie Bertelli

Gavin Tappenden - Engineer

Gavin is a fully qualified engineer and has a long-standing passion for motorsport and engineeringer. After graduation he worked on many high profile projects including building 5 replicas of the 1973 John Player Norton for Peter Williams. His attention to detail and practical experience makes him a valuable addition to our team. In his spare time he enjoys motorcycle racing, classic minis and music.

Ben Payne, Arrive & Drive and Events Organiser, Ecurie Bertelli

Ben Payne - Arrive & Drive and Events Organiser

Ben joins us from the field of retail management, but found his love for vintage cars an allure he couldn't ignore. Using his experience he brings new dimensions to the company whilst maintaining its great heritage. He is great in both streamlining the workshop and developing our events programme. In his own time he likes to attend race meetings and track days.

Terry Hudston, Driver, Ecurie Bertelli

Terry Hudston - Driver

Formerly an esteemed firefighter, we keep Terry busy on the roads delivering items to or from the forge, metal supplier or the like. And if you need a vehicle collected or delivered - he’s your man. He recently became a proud granddad for the sixth time and very much enjoys time with his growing family. Motorcycling is his hobby.

HERITAGE AND PASSION
Beautiful Astons are history in motion.
We’re here to keep their legacy alive.

UNRIVALLED EXPERIENCE
40 years of high quality restoration & servicing has earned us a world-class reputation.

WE’RE THERE FOR YOU
We have some great support packages for your race or rally, so you can focus solely on your drive.

UNRIVALLED KNOWLEDGE
We know these cars like no-one else.
Buy or sell with us for complete peace of mind & competitive commission.

EXTENSIVE STOCK
Engine blocks to valve springs, starter motors to bonnet hinges - we’ve got what you need.

LEAVE IT WITH US
Secure storage facilities for long or short term.
We can even arrange collection or delivery.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Our purpose-built engine shop creates top-quality engines that are tuned and ready to go.