Meet Our Team

The best collection of engine builders, auto body repairman and painters around. Our team members are ready to do whatever it takes to make your dream car come true.

Gary Nicholls

Gary Nicholls

aka "The Big Tuna"

Gary is the driving force behind Radical Rods, Rides & Restoration. While Gary has an extensive automotive background, he is mainly known for the creativity and vision that goes into the amazing work that is done at Radical Rods, Rides & Restoration.

Background Specialties:

* Driveline Specialist
* Fluid Power Applications and Designs
* Automatic and Standard Transmissions
* Differentials

Favourite Cars:

1932 Ford Roadsters and Coupes, 1940 Willys and Fat Fendered Cars )

Matthew Nicholls

Matthew Nicholls

aka "Chico"

Matthew does a little bit of everything around the shop in order to make sure things run smoothly. Whether he is behind the counter sourcing parts, providing design ideas, picking up parts and supplies, detailing a car or helping a co-worker, Matthew is always on the go.

Background Specialties:

* Classic Car Part Sourcing
* Design Concepts
* Car Detailing

Favourite Cars:

1965 GTO

Larry Hughes

Larry Hughes

aka "Hot Rod"

Larry brings a wealth of knowledge to the Radical team.
No matter the make, model or year, Larry’s invauable knowledge will help take your car to the next level. Come on down to Radical and put Larry to the test.

Background Specialties:

* Engine Builder
* Mechanical and Electronics Expert
* Fabricator
* Nitro Fuel Racing

Favourite Car:

1967 Eleanor Mustang

John Wazny

John Wazny

aka "Fussy Pot"

John has years of experience completing brass era cars winning shows at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Cobble Beach to name a few. His meticulous detail is appreciated by all in the industry.

Background Specialties:

* Auto Body and Paint Specialist
* Body Customization

Favourite Cars:

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Mark Vieira

Mark Vieira

aka "The Dog Whisperer"

Mark is the longest serving member of the Radical Rods, Rides & Restoration family. Similar to his brother Chris, Mark has been in the automotive field for over 30 years. Mark has been the lead auto body and paint specialist at Radical for the past 10 years and he is also the proud owner of both of our shop dogs - Alaska and Diesel.

Background Specialties:

* Auto Body and Paint Specialist
* Fabrication Specialist

Favourite Cars:

1967 Eleanor Mustang and Early 30’s Hot Rods

Rob Morrison

Rob Morrison

aka "Lefty"

With years of experience as a mechanical and electrical specialist in the automotive industry, Rob took his knowledge into the pits - literally. He is known around the shop as "lefty" for his love of stock car racing and he might be known to throw the odd "left" in the pits after a race. Tisk Tisk Rob.

Background Specialties:

* Mechanical and Electrical Specialist

Favourite Cars:

Any and all old stock cars

Chris Bagley

Chris Bagley

aka "Zig Zag"

While most of our team here at Radical work on the exterior of the car, Chris is our interior specialist. Between his creative ideas, custom work and detailed stitching patterns, Chris is constantly reinventing what the interior of a classic car should look like.

Background Specialties:

* Automotive Interior Designs
* Hand Tooled Seats
* Custom Interiors
* Vinyl Tops
* Convertible Tops
* Custom Stitching

Favourite Cars:

1969 Camaros and Chevelles

Mike Blake

Mike Blake

aka "Dusty"

Mike has a keen eye for detail with his many years of experience in restoring classic cars has been a great addition to the team at Radical. The guys in the body shop never cease to amaze our customers with their stunning paint work.

Background Specialties:

*Auto Body Paint

Favourite Cars:

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Mike Chappell

Mike Chappell

aka "Metal Mike

We are thrilled that Mike has brought his metal fabrication and body shop skills to the team at Radical. Mike has a keen eye for detail with his many years of experience in restoring classic cars has been a great addition to our team. Mike’s metal fabrication and body shop work never ceases to amaze our customers.

Background Specialties:

* Licensed Body Man
* Metal Fabrication

Favourite Cars:

Lead Sleds

Wayne Ellis

Wayne Ellis

aka "Batman"

Wayne brings his skill set form the west coast and has been a welcome addition to the team at Radical. Wayne works hand in hand with our team and helps us bring to life the great body work and paint jobs that our customers have come to expect from the Radical shop.

Background Specialties:

*Auto Body Fabrication

Favourite Cars:

Batmobile and Station Wagons

Mike Kirk

Mike Kirk

aka "Captain Kirk"

Mike is our in-house trim and interior specialist. Mike has years of experience in custom automotive interiors and joins in with Chris to crank out some beautiful interiors. It’s the fine details that sets the team at Radical apart from its competitors and Mike makes sure the beauty of the inside of the vehicles matches the beauty of the exterior.

Background Specialties:

*Custom Interior Specialist
*Vehicle Trim

Favourite Cars:

Hot Rods and Nitro Burning Cars

Alaska

Alaska

aka "Jack"

Alaska has been part of the family at Radical for 6 years and roams the property morning, afternoon and night.

Background Specialties:

* Customer Greeter
* Food Clean Up Specialist

Favourite Cars:

Anything with a tire

Diesel

Diesel

aka "The Muscle"

While Alaska freely roams the property and greets the customers, Diesel is the muscle behind the operation and he makes sure that his family at Radical is safe.

Background Specialties:

* Protecting His Family

Favourite Cars:

Any pick up truck

Our Shop

Here are a few pictures of where we make your dreams come true

  • Front of our building

  • The engine and interior shop for our classic cars

  • Full house

  • Showroom and trophy room

  • Exterior of our award winning paint shops

  • Over 110″ long, our oversized paint booth will fit two full sized transport trailers at same time.

  • Our paint booth for oversized vehicles

  • New paint booth for our award winning classic cars

  • Our parts counter

  • Custom motorcycle and custom chopper showroom

Here is a quick tour of our shop and the various buildings on site. Feel free to come on down to Radical Rods, Rides & Restoration and see the full operation for yourself.