Our Team

 

Paul
Haywood-Halfpenny

Managing Director

Paul's involvement with the motor industry goes back even further than 1966, when Sherwood Restorations was first established.

Paul bought his first car at the tender age of 14, a 1935 B.S.A. Aero Scout. After renovation, the car was sold for a profit and the seed was sown. By the time he was old enough to drive legally, (other than up and down the family driveway!) many more vehicles had been bought and sold on.

Now some 5000 vehicles later, the desire has not diminished, with models ranging from a Bugatti Type 35B to an Austin MIni, (and many more besides) having passed through his hands. Paul has a long and active involvement with motorsport racing which has run along side the business. Cars ranging from Alvis Speed 25 to a Lola T70 were prepared and raced with many podium finishes resulting.

Today, Paul's involvement with classic vehicles is a strong as ever, which sees the company go from strength to strength, with a reputation for supplying only the finest examples available. Combine this with a service record which is second to none and the back up to match, Paul is able to offer his loyal customers (past, present and future) peace of mind and the knowledge of many years in the motor industry.

Alex
Halfpenny

Director

As the Managing Director's son, it was only a matter of time before I was to follow in father's footsteps and join the ranks!

I was raised on cars, racing, restoring, buying, selling, etc. etc. All were an everyday occurence and all passions, that in time, will hopefully rub off on my own youngster. Immediately after leaving school, an interest in art and design led me on a brief but interesting two years at college, before returning to continue my indulgence with classic vehicles.

Running the mechanical side of the business and the preparation of the vehicles prior to sale, gives me the insight into, what is for myself, the more interesting aspect of classic car market. Looking to the future, my aim is to assist with the ever increasing demand that is put upon us on a daily basis and help to preserve our motoring heritage.

Charles
Smalley

Sales Director

I joined Sherwood Restorations as Sales Manager in 1997, after many years in the 'mainstream' motor trade. The move enabled me to continue a passion for cars which has evolved over many years.

My main interest is in Street / Hot Rods, having been extensively involved for many years on a club basis, running major shows and writing for magazines, as well as owning and running many well known examples. I see the move to 'classic cars' as a natural progression, with a crossover becoming more and more evident with many rods now appearing within the classic car scene and also commanding higher and higher prices.

Being within the 'classic' environment is not like going to work. Every day is different and every vehicle that appears has its own makeup and is therefore by its own nature, unique. Entering our 'toy shop', and being able to play with the contents, for many would be a dream come true. It is a privilege that I appreciate and respect. Long may it continue.

Ken White

Engineer

I joined Paul at the tender age of 21 after working at Morkel & Carnill and Trumans of Nottingham, serving my apprenticeship on such exotica as E-Types and the like.

Working in and running the workshops soon lead to what has now become a lifetime's experience, working on vehicles that are far from the mundane and constantly providing the challenges that I have come to know and enjoy. No two days are ever the same! After 38 years it still amazes me what comes around the corner and what problems arise, none of which are insurmountable.

From my early days, the passing of time and the experience that I have had, has now taught me every aspect of restoration and all that it throws at us. From general mechanics through to full resprays, engine rebuilds, trim etc. etc. All are now well within my capabilities, and it is a pleasure to be able to put my name to some of the most historic and important classic cars that are once again, back on the road.