Prestigious Waterlooville car restorers is expanding

FULL SPEED AHEAD  Harnish Patel, left, and Jim Stokes
FULL SPEED AHEAD Harnish Patel, left, and Jim Stokes
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THEY restore or recreate some of the most coveted collectors’ cars from across the globe, having started their business in their back garden 40 years ago.

Now husband-and-wife team Jim and Hilary Stokes are expanding the Jim Stokes Workshops Group (JSW) into two extra units in Waterlooville.

Employing more than 40 mechanics and precision engineers, JSW restores or recreates some of the most coveted collectors’ cars across the globe, with marques such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar.

It is based at the Pipers Wood Industrial Park.

Major restorations of multi-million pound vehicles include several Le Mans-winning Alfa Romeos and an Aston Martin.

In a deal structured through Hughes Ellard, the regional commercial property consultancy, JSW signed a lease on undisclosed terms on units 1 and 2 at Waterberry Drive.

Harnish Patel, a business space agent at Fareham-based Hughes Ellard, said: ‘Jim, Hilary and the team are extremely well respected within their profession internationally for their specialism in the restoration, recreation and servicing of pre and post-war cars.

‘JSW’s expansion also underlines the strength of the industrial markets across the region.’

The new units will house two of JSW’s four divisions, including its Southshore Coachworks service, which has made car parts for use in films.

JSW, which also transports cars with support mechanics to clients across the world for vintage races and rallies, including as far afield as Tasmania and Mexico, has been at the industrial park for 14 years.

Jim, who lives locally, said: ‘We’re fortunate to have a loyal customer base in the historic and classic car world, served by world-class mechanics and precision engineers.

‘With all four divisions firing on all cylinders, we needed the extra workshop space, with Hughes Ellard coming up trumps for us.’