Vintage & Classic Car Educational Courses

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Discounts available for large groups.   Are we sitting comfortably? Then we will begin.

“Giving you the knowledge to buy, maintain, repair and sell your vintage or classic car.”

  • Do you want to learn how to buy and sell vintage and classic cars?
  • Are you concerned your mechanic is doing unnecessary work on your car?
  • Do you want to maximise the value of your car for sale?

Then you need to attend one or more of our educational courses that are designed to cover all areas of knowledge from how to check the oil and change a spare wheel to providing one on one coaching for major mechanical work.

Buying and selling Vintage and Classic cars

Buying and selling are two sides of the same coin. Buyers need to know how to assess a vehicle. Sellers need to know how to present their vehicle to maximise their price. Both sides need negotiation skills.

By attending this course, you will learn how to assess a car and understand the motivations, tricks and negotiating techniques of both buyers and sellers.

  • 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm, Second Monday of every month, excluding  January and April.
  • Venue – The Hub Workshop, Riverstone, NSW.  Other venues by demand.
  • 2 hours, hands-on $190. 2 to 6 participants. See discounts below.

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Caring for your Vintage or Classic car


On our full day course we examine a participants’s car’s floor pan, suspension and brakes. Explaining how it all works and spotting what needs attention.

The more you care for your car, the more reliable it will be, the more it will be admired and the more it will increase in value. This short course will teach you how to look after your car’s body and mechanicals and the symptoms that indicate the car requires professional attention.

  • 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm, Second Wednesday of every month, excluding January and April.
  • Venue – The Hub Workshop, Riverstone, NSW.  Other venues by demand.
  • 2 hours, hands-on $190. 2 to 6 participants. See discounts below.

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Vintage and Classic Car Maintenance and Repair

This detailed course covers the 10 main areas for Maintenance and Repair

  • Engines – how they work and how to fault find
  • Brakes – which bits should you touch and which to leave to the experts
  • Suspension – what are the signs that it needs attention
  • Electrics – basic fault finding and why it is nearly always an earthing problem
  • Steering – how to keep it sharp – or at least as sharp as 50-year-old technology can be!
  • Automatic transmission – the tell-tale signs of problems
  • Manual gearbox – spotting a good whine from a bad whine
  • Cooling systems – the 3 key points to keep your car cool as a cucumber
  • Wheels and tyres – profiles, compounds, offsets and stud patterns
  • Bodywork – bog spotting and dodgy paint jobs

Full day, hands-on $490.  2 to 6 participants.  See discounts below.

  • 8 am to 4 pm, Second Saturday of every month, excluding January and April.
  • Venue – The Hub Workshop, Riverstone, NSW.  Other venues by demand.

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15% Discount on all courses to:

  • Owners of vehicles registered at for film and TV work.
  • 2 or more booking together.
  • Under 16 and over 60.
  • Women of any age.
  • Those attending the one on one coaching who have attended the one day Maintenance course.

Your workshop leaders:

  • Harry Houston – mechanic, mechanical engineer and teacher who has been restoring cars and building competition cars and kit cars for over 40 years.
  • Keith Mcilroy – professional facilitator, trainer, founder and owner of Vintage and Classic Car Hire and Star Cars Agency.  Working with over 2,000 owners and over 3,000 vehicles has given Keith unique experience and expertise in how to minimise maintenance and restoration costs and maximise reliability of vintage and classic cars.


The Hub Workshop, Riverstone, NSW.   Approx 45 minutes west of the Sydney CBD. and 10 minutes from the Heritage, craft town of Windsor where there is excellent accommodation for those of you wanting to make a weekend of it.

 Gift Vouchers available

    • With your personal message.
    • Valid for 12 months.



  • Hi Keith. Thank you for the wonderful presentation yesterday. Please give Harry a pad on the back for me also. I had a wonderful time, learnt alot! Peter.
  • Many thanks Keith ; I found it very informative & learnt a lot ..! The hands on experience was very useful for me & I certainly learnt a few things that needed doing on the car ..!  Andrew.
  • “Garth and I are amazed that we managed to remove, strip and replace the cylinder head of our 1962 MK2 Jguar. Our only previous experience was on a lawn mower engine 20 years ago! Your one on one coaching was excellent. Ian.
  • Thank you for the weekend workshop – loved every minute of it. Jonathon.
  • I really enjoyed the workshop, and learned a lot. It has given me a foundation to begin tackling DIY jobs on my own car.
  • Knowledgeable instruction and hands-on demonstration and application is invaluable. Wesley.
  • I reckon it was really good! Anton.