The Evanta Motor Company, of Hertford, is a family business that creates classic motor cars to individual client specification and has as an international waiting list running into summer 2012. The company has a team of expert enthusiasts dedicated to recreating classic cars, focusing mainly on Aston Martins. Managing Director Anthony (Ant) Anstead developed a passion for creating vehicles as a schoolboy and has been building, restoring and assembling cars from all over the world since the 1990s.
Evanta Motor Co has recently taken on an Apprentice, Michael Young, to help ensure a skilled future workforce. Michael joined the company in April 2011 and is studying for a Level 2 Certificate in Maintenance & Repair at North Hertfordshire College’s Stevenage Skills Centre.
“Michael stood out head and shoulders above more than 30 applicants,” says Ant, “He shares our fascination with motorcars, and is already a hands-on technician and restoring his own rusty old 1989 Mini Minor from scratch, simply because it inspires him. He is almost a mirror image of me at the same age.”
“I wasn’t looking specifically for technical brilliance, but genuine motivation to succeed in this specialised business: that’s what Michael has. In addition to his Mini, he is now creating several bespoke vintage Aston Martins, and is gaining experience in every element involved in creating a very special classic car. Whatever happens at the end of his two years as an Apprentice, whether he stays or moves on, he will have a unique foundation for his next career step.”
Michael, 18, from Green End near Hertford is delighted that Evanta Motor Co has given him an exceptional career opportunity; he says: “This is brilliant, ideal, and I’m thrilled with everything, it’s fantastic just to come in every day. It’s also a big challenge because I’m being given total responsibility for some of the things I do but, Ant says if I get it wrong, that’s part of learning, and the team will help me to put it right.”
Surrounded by Aston Martins in varying stages of their creation from first panel assembly to finished perfection, Michael explained: “Being a member of this team means that I am learning how to be a specialist as well as gaining the essential technical skills that are needed to work in the motor vehicle industry.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to build the foundations of a long-term career in classic cars. We usually have four or five builds on the go at any one time, all at different stages, so I never stop learning something new.”
Evanta Motor Co produces true works of art and the company has built an enviable reputation supplying cars to museums, private collections and enthusiasts all over the world and Michael is proud to be part of the team.