About me

Name: Elliott Hopkins
Home town: Macclesfield, England

Profession: Engineer, Designer

Age: 28

Background

Working for my parents manufacturing business from a young age I quickly gained knowledge of 'how to build stuff'. These skills mixed with some childish imagination gave birth to creations over the years such as the super swing, the super chair, a motor bike powered go kart, an earth shattering home cinema and numerous tree houses, the majority of which were successful and didn't catch fire.

Once I had politely declined any further education from the state aged 16 I found myself in full time work and education completing an apprenticeship in engineering while working for my previously mentioned parents company making wire wheels for vintage cars. This period saw the scale of car based tomfoolery increase to include the building of my own sports car, restoration and sale of a 1917 Simplex, the racing, crashing and repairing of numerous single seater race cars throughout the UK and Europe, as well as the 'how many miles can you put on a US hire car in two weeks' challenge I set myself.

All good fun, but come 2009 the business was sold to a man more enthusiastic about owning his own wire wheel manufacturing company than I was. Subsequently I have found myself working for a man who answers only to the name Bob Petersen. So proud of this name he is he's spent the past 30 years building rather expensive vintage Bentley specials with his name discreetly engraved on the cars build plate and dashboard, and door sills, as well as number plates and if fitted, supercharger.

Bentley Dartmoor

And so currently my time is split between building some amazing Bentleys in Devon, the most recent of which is a fire breathing Spitfire engine propelled creatation, and Chesire where with the help of a small team and a big shed I am bringing some life, luster and love back in to the boat you see before you.

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