Motorsport - Classic cars - Classic bikes - Engineering - Inspections - Preparation

Nestled in the Georgian town of Oundle, QPrep are specialists in classic car and classic motorsport preparation. We offer everything from a simple service and MOT preparation through to full restorations and engine builds. Unlike many workshops, we take an engineering approach to problem solving and our machining capability allows us to find innovative solutions, including the manufacture of replacement parts that in some cases are no longer available. We have the experience to work on a wide spectrum of vehicles from pre-war machines to hot-rod conversions to prestige marques such as Jaguar E-Type’s and Porsche 911’s.
If your pride and joy has developed a problem, and nobody else can fix it, or you just want a sympathetic approach to maintenance, give us a call. We just might be able to help.

QPrep Services

QPrep offer a wide range of automotive services including solutions for motor sports, classic cars, classic bikes and engineering solutions. Please click to read more detail below:

QPrep provide support for motor sport customers
QPrep offer servicing for classic and custom cars
QPrep offer repairs servicing for classic and custom motorbikes
QPrep provide engineering services for all vehicles
QPrep provide preparation services for IVA tests
QPrep offer inspection services for vehicles before buying

About QPrep

QPrep was established in 2011 by Quentin (“Q”) Nicholls and Steve Baker initially focusing on renovation of classic cars and motor sport support as well as engineering fabrication for a number of large customers. As time has passed, demand has moved more toward classic car servicing, engine rebuilds, and diagnostic services, although there is usually at least one long-term restoration in the workshop at any one time. Take a look at the Projects tab to see examples of the kind of work we undertake.

QPrep specise in sports car tuning

Although the workshop is equipped with modern diagnostic software for newer vehicles, QPrep take an engineering approach to diagnosis and fault finding. Rather than just endlessly swapping parts in and out of a failing vehicle, the team will seek to identify the root cause of a problem and fix the issue at source. If a component can no longer be easily sourced, using the engineering side of the business, QPrep have the option of re-making many of the parts, or can consult a wide network of specialists gained during both Q and Steve’s history to create a solution.

We take a real world approach to pricing, recognising that the labour of love that is owning, restoring or modifying a classic car needs to be balanced against real world cost. We will provide an estimate where appropriate for renovation work, and discuss this with you in advance, keeping you up to date as the work progresses. We will not undertake additional work without your authorisation. For more routine work, servicing, or diagnosis, our hourly rate is £75+VAT.

As both founders benefited themselves from apprenticeship programmes in their early years, QPrep is a great believer in preserving classic maintenance skills in the next generation and therefore runs an active apprenticeship programme for carefully selected young mechanics in the final years of their college courses, helping them complete their studies and providing employment options for the future.

Whether it is a simple service, a repair of that niggling long-standing fault, a full engine rebuild / replacement or a full ground-up restoration of your pride and joy, QPrep can help.

Meet the team

Quieten manager at Qprep Northamptonshire

Q started a 4 year apprenticeship with Fairline Boats in Oundle in 1978 whilst simultaneously undertaking a full City & Guilds MVCS (Motor Vehicle Craft Studies) course at college, gaining full car and light commercial vehicle qualifications. During his holidays he spent his time in clubman rallying and serving as a mechanic in the British Rally Championship for upcoming Finnish driver Michael Sundstrom, including Sundstrom’s entry into the RAC rally in 1984.

After 8 years with Fairline, Q went to work for Cruisers Incorporated in Winconsin USA, initially working in the US for product familiarisation then back to the UK as Engineering and Development Manager in the new Corby production facility. 3 years later he was recruited by Volvo Penta UK as Applications Engineer for marine pleasure craft, playing a major part in the development of new products. 3 years after this he moved to EP Barrus, the UK Distributor of Yanmar Marine diesel engines as General Manager and 5 years after this he was recruited by Vetus Den Ouden in the Netherlands to re-establish their marine engine business in the UK.

After a ‘first lifetime’ in the marine industry, Q went back to his roots, initially managing the family private hire business which soon transformed back into his first love building and supporting historic rally cars in the British Historic Rally Series before inevitably turning his attention to his first love - all things classic from the newly established Oundle workshop. As a result there are few engine designs or engineering challenges that Q has not seen in the past 35 years. Despite this, it’s a fresh challenge that excites him the most and he applies his engineering skills to any problem that passes through QPrep’s doors.

Steve expert mechanic in Peterborough

Steve runs the engineering side of the business. Like Q, Steve started as an apprentice, but for Newall Engineering, gaining Mechanical Craft Certifications 1 & 2 and City & Guilds qualifications. His first role was as a toolmaker, covering all aspects of machining and bench finishing to produce aluminium diecasting tools for domestic appliances and vehicle components. After this, Steve moved into assembly of specialised road sweeping vehicles, developing bespoke jigs and tools and designing new build techniques.

Following this Steve spent much of his working life with a domestic appliance company, again as a specialised toolmaker creating tools for the production line (from small hand tools through to fully automated machinery).

When this company decided to relocate Steve was given the opportunity to purchase the engineering machinery that he was familiar with and together with Q set up QPrep, re-focusing on bespoke vehicle related components, many of which can no longer be purchased new. In addition QPrep continued to produce small batch parts for various local industries.

Trevor highly qualified mechanic in Northampton

Trevor is our mechanical genius. Trevor gained his qualifications in the mid-90’s and has spent much of his career gathering experience in BMW and Ford dealerships as well as a 6 year spell at Retropower working on custom built and bespoke vehicles. Trevor describes himself as ‘a go-getting, charismatic sort of fella’ and who are we to argue?

He likes to relax at home by, er, working on his cars, where he shoehorns improbably large engines into impossibly small spaces. When he’s not up to his elbows in grease he spends time with his 2 young kids and extraordinarily patient wife – no doubt seduced by his charisma…

Mechanical apprentice in Northampton

Maddi joined us in 2021 as our apprentice, but she’s no novice. Maddi gained her previous experience at a VAG specialist and wanted to learn a little more about the dark arts of vehicle engineering where things are diagnosed with stethoscopes as much as spanners. She’s fitted right in, under the tutelage of Trevor and Q and is progressing well to her Level 3 NVQ in Light Vehicle Maintenance.

In her spare time Maddi is a keen kayaker and works with a local cubs group, teaching new skills to a fresh generation. We told you she was no novice!

Maddi also runs our social media, largely single-handedly, because the rest of us don’t understand that sort of thing.

Office services northamptonshire

Bel runs our office and handles all of the administration at Qprep. As a qualified primary teacher she is well-positioned to handle the rest of the team at Qprep. Don’t be fooled by the smile…

Bel joined us in 2021 after deciding to take a break from teaching for a while and was keen to do something difficult that didn’t require her to wash snot from her jumper at the end of the day. Now she washes grease from it instead.

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