Our Team

Meet our qualified team of professionals with over 150 years of combined experience

Colin Trippas AMIMI - Company Owner (36 yrs experience)


After O Levels, Colin went on to pass an ONC in Engineering. He then won a student apprenticeship with Cadbury Schweppes. While studying engineering at Lanchester Polytechnic (Coventry) he went to watch the RAC rally in Sutton Park and his life changed.

He left the course and found an apprenticeship with a specialised motor sport company. After 3 years and a very steep learning curve, he moved to a Jaguar dealership. Then just 2 years later (1979), he left to start his own business. He had decided that he wanted to compete in rallying himself and needed some premises to prepare his car!

During the evenings and weekends, he built cars and compete in rallies while during the day he starting to build up his new business. After 5 years, he stopped rallying and channelled all his energies into building the business.

In 1991 he aquired a plot of land from Solihull Council and had a purpose designed garage built.

Out of work his interests are motorsport, athletics and more recently cycling

Adrian Cobden - General Manager


We got to know Adrian when Unipart (our parts suppliers) and ourselves were involved in a joint project, he was one of their consultants. When the project was finished, we had seen the potential so offered him the position of General Manager!

He has an Open University degree and comes to us with a wealth of experience in both management and the automotive industry

Has a busy family life bringing up 2 daughters and supports Aston Villa football club.

Carl Mason - Senior technician, MOT tester and air conditioning specialist (14 years experience)


Started his apprenticeship at a Rover dealership a week after leaving school. After three years of day release at college, he passed his City & Guilds 383 and NVQ level 3.
With hard work, he went on to become head mechanic and workshop foreman. Carl joined us in February 2007, after the Rover group went into receivership.

Carl spends his spare time looking after his young son and enjoys watching motor sports.

Paul Mansell - Senior technician and MOT tester (28 years experience)


Paul joined the motor trade as an apprentice in 1982.
He has previously worked at Lucas Autocentres and Nationwide Autocentres, where he reached the position of centre manager.

Eventually joined us in 2007 when he decided to go back to what he enjoys, working as a mechanic.
Away from the garage, he enjoys rugby and off-roading in his Land Rover.