News & events | Classic Dashboards

February 2015

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Wow, I've just discovered that the restoration job that I'm carrying out on the woodwork for an AC Aceca 1956 will be one of only 200 cars participating in the invitation only French 'Tour Optic 2001' Classic Car Rally around France this April. s01_home/s01p01_home.php


February 2013

Double 'Wow', I've never had so many dashboards and interior woodwork restoration jobs in the workshop at once! I will be very busy for the next couple of months.


2012 Events

Here is my video of the Classic Car show "Retrofestival" in Caen where I had a stand showing my restoration skills and examples of both metal and wooden interior trim.


Classic Dashbords at Retrofesival Classic Car show in Caen


2011 Events

It is with pride that I can announce that today the 21st December 2011 I have been awarded the title MAITRE ARTISAN by the Chambre de Metier de la Manche. This title confirms my experience and expertise in antique restoration and classic car dashboard restoration and I am now able to use this new logo.

We were again at the salon Auto Moto Retro à Rouen in September


We had our stand at Retrofestival in Caen in July 2011

At Retrofestival 2011 we saw he completed restoration of this old Citroen Traction cabriolet that I had helped restore, The owner asked me to paint a light coloured burr walnut wood effect on the metal interior trim that you can see in the photo.

Click here to see more photos of this Citroen tractions restoration


2010 Events

We had a stand at the Auto Moto Retro Exhibition in Rouen in September

2009 Events

28th June 2009 We were at Torigni-sur-vire with our 1977 Austin mini. I am in the process of restoring it and then I am going to do my 'wood effect on metal' over the whole exterior of the car. I will then be able to use it as advertising and for exhibiting at classic car shows and of course my wife and children are very much looking forward to using it!

4th & 5th July 2009 We exhibited at 'Retro Festival' The Capital of Basse-Normandie Caen.

February 2009 We went to Paris for France's largest Classic Car Show 'Retromobile'

April 2009 I participated in our regions Artisans open weekend.

May 2009 French Classic Car magazine 'Gazoline' did a four page spread on Classic Dashboards and my restoration services. Read the article here

Read the "Gazoline" Article on Simon Lorkin's dashboard restoration services


2008 Events

August 31 2008 We welcomed the Club des Volants du Chêne (club of Oak steering wheels) from Haute-Normandie and a few cars from the ROC Normandy de St Lô (50) during their weekend outing in our area.

The members of the club were invited to visit the workshop, shown examples and the tools that I use during my work restoring classic car dashboards. I carried out demonstrations of how I reveneer wooden dashboards. The members of the club all of whom bar one were French were very kind and forgave my many errors in French. I explained the techniques I use and the choices of veneer and finish. I also explained how I have recently introduced the wood-effect painted on metal dashboards.

We were at the following shows:

  • 20 September 2008 - Auto Moto Retro - in Rouen
  • 21 September 2008 - Le Bourse d'echange - St Pierre Saint Dives