Iain is our founder and managing director and has more than thirty years' hands-on experience in the industry. He started his career as a mechanic in a workshop for Rolls-Royce and Bentley. He then founded Tyrrell Engineering in 1984 to service, tune and restore prestige and high performance cars, specialising in overhauling and setting up cars for optimal enjoyment and reliability on road and track. It's true to say there's hardly a make or model of top-end car produced in the last 60 years that he has not worked on and driven extensively. His particular speciality remains tuning of complex and demanding engines.
Iain was contracted by Rolls Royce Motors in the early 1990's to carry out warranty work, on their behalf, on new Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars at their customers' request. This was a unique and unprecedented arrangement; he was the only person thus qualified outside the factory/dealer network worldwide.
Iain has also undertaken major restoration work on several significant and high value classic cars, including the Ferrari 250GT "Tour de France" that won the Mille Miglia Rally and is featured in the book "Ferrari 250GT" (see photo opposite). Other notable projects include: a full ground up restoration of a 1964 Mercedes 600 Pullman including a number of bespoke features; a full engine overhaul and upgrade on a 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III, including reinstatement of hydraulic tappets; and more recently an award winning full restoration of a Lamborghini Miura P400 (which is featured in our restoration section). He has been called on as an expert witness in several high profile cases involving cars of significant value, including representing Lloyds of London in the Lord Brocket case. Amongst the more amusing jobs he has done is tuning Police Interceptor powerboat engines!
In 2004 he harnessed his extensive knowledge and experience to found Cheshire Classic Cars; his passion and enthusiasm are at the heart of the business and superior examples of iconic brands are hand picked by him for sale at our showroom in Chester.
In 2013, Iain was invited to collaborate with the organisers in the first-ever major classic cars Concours in China. He was a Concours judge and a speaker at the Forum during the event in Shanghai.
On a different note (pun intended), Iain was also a professional singer around the turn of the century before focussing solely on birthing Cheshire Classic cars. He did a tour of the southern USA, including performing at Jazz Festivals, and singing live on NBC TV. After recently unearthing the Italian Job Miura, as a bit of mischief he returned to the studio and recorded a new version of the song that is forever linked with the car, On Days Like These. All his proceeds from this are going to charity. Here are the links to download the song from itunes and Amazon:-