Meet the Team at Creative Custom Cars

Alan How - Director

Alan’s involvement in cars started from the age of 14, when he was part of a team who built an all alloy replica D-Type Jaguar for the Melbourne motor show. Ever since then, Alan has been passionate about building high quality, unique vehicles. Spending his apprenticeship working on prestige British Sports Cars, Alan's ambition saw him start the now iconic Peninsula BM. Following on with his passion for Classic Cars, Alan then started European Sports Car Restorations which led him to work on an amazing project building Pre-Production Cars in conjunction with starting a business called Creative MotorSport in Tasmania.  After several years in Tasmania, Alan decided to move back to the mainland and his home of the Mornington Peninsula. He soon set up a new workshop, which is now one of Melbourne’s best Car Restoration facilities – Creative Custom Cars. Alan is currently involved in the resurrection of BMW motor sport, leading the restoration of 3 BMW M3’s. Alan thoroughly enjoys being part of motor history through such iconic projects.  

Louise Whitehead – Accounts

Referred to by that team as ‘the accounts lady’ Louise works hard behinds the scenes of Creative Custom Cars providing financial, administrative and clerical support. Louise thoroughly enjoys contributing to such a friendly and dynamic team. Although Louise didn’t come to Creative Custom Cars with a background involving classic cars, she has since developed a deep appreciation for restoration projects and loves seeing the beautiful cars that come in and out of the workshop. 

Tori Barnes - Administration

Tori is the newest member of the team, but she brings with her a passion for classic cars, race cars, and a care for each and every customer who walks through the door. Tori is known for pushing the limits of speed outside of the automobile industry, and she has gone faster, by human power alone, than any other female to date in Australia (the formal title is much more complicated!), clocking a speed of 76.8km/h. Her aspirations in this realm are to chase the world record, some 10km/h faster than what's she achieved. Watch this space!

Mark D’Alton – Assembler/Fabricator

Mark is a senior member of the team with over 40 years of experience in car restoration as well as new automotive pre-production. Mark’s previous work experiences involved working for the German Motor Engineering company; EDAG where he contributed to the development and optimisation of new vehicles. Working within modelling studios, Mark has had the opportunity to develop model concepts of cars such as Holden before they have been built. Impressively he has built cars worldwide with various materials, including cars for the Melbourne and Sydney Motor Shows. From such a high achieving career he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team at Creative Custom Cars.

Gareth Hanks – Fabricator

Gareth specialises in chassis and suspension fabrication, cars have always been a love of his before joining the team at Creative Custom Cars, with his favourites being anything European or American. When he is not restoring classic cars, Gareth builds and races Human Powered Vehicles, he is the 7-year holder of the Australian National HP land speed record. Gareth has raced in the World Human Power Championships in America 3 times and has clocked impressive speeds of up to 119.01KM per hour.

Phill Street – Panel Beater

Phill has been panel beating for 37 years, with a strong background in restoration and smash repair work. Along with enjoying restoration projects, (his favourite is a HQ Monaro)  Phill is a keen 4WD enthusiast. At age 15 Phill’s parents told him he had a job interview, much to his surprise he went along and after a successful interview Phill started work that Monday as a panel beater. Although he planned on becoming a carpenter, Phill thoroughly enjoys repairing cars and has not looked back since his surprise job interview. 

Rik Berting - Panel Beater

Rik has always been interested in cars and started his career at The Austin Healey Factory in Ringwood, he has now been in the restoration industry for 20 years. One of Rik’s career highlights include his work building Replica 1960 Shelby Cobra Coupes at Daytona Sports Cars. As Rik’s father is English, he was heavily influenced by British cars, and as a teenager visited the Aston Martin factory in England which inspired his career choice. Rik is particularly fond of British and Italian cars from the 50's and 60's for their rounded fluid shapes, he enjoys restoring and customising cars with interesting shapes. Rik appreciates the art of car restoration and enjoys crafting one off pieces and recreating parts that can no longer be found. From his time working at Vintage Classic Hot Rods in Mornington, Rik is highly experienced in auto custom sheet metal and vintage car restoration.  

Dale Osborne – Spray Painter

Although one of the newest members of the team, Dale has over 30 years’ experience in spray painting. He is ‘happy as Larry’ in his role at Creative Custom Cars, enjoying working with the dynamic team and being able to work close to home on the Mornington Peninsula. Dale is passionate about his work and has a love for all cars. Dale’s previous work experience is vast, including Hot Rod and classic restorations, he also featured on a TV show called ‘Rodders Life’ with a regular segment on Hot Rod restoration tips. 

Paul Marsden – Spray Painter

Paul has been with Creative Custom Cars since its beginning, with over 32 years’ experience in spray painting having worked in the industry since he was 15 years old.  He enjoys the variety of work, and has seen many different projects over the years. Paul enjoys car restorations himself, and has a few of his own ‘one day’. Although having worked on many restorations and repairs over his careers Paul is particularly interested in Australian classic cars of the 1970’s.

Cade Southall - Mechanic

Cade is one of Creative Custom Cars mechanics with over 18 years of experience he specialises in all areas of general auto mechanics, he is able to 'do a bit of everything' and is also experienced in full restorations having restored his own Mini Moke! Cade has a strong background in racing, having raced for 18 years in Formula Vee and Formula Ford, from his combined race experiences he obtained four Victorian State Titles and one National Title. He also spent two years in America working in car preparation for the Indy Car Series. From his racing background and his keen interest in car restoration; Cade was drawn to working with classic cars, he enjoys the diversity that his role at Creative Custom Cars offers along with the chance to work with such unique cars every day.

Harley Ledo – Apprentice Mechanic

Harley has been around cars ever since he can remember; with his family being car enthusiasts he grew up around many restoration projects. Now, two and a half years into his apprentice Harley has experience in all aspects involved in the restoration process and enjoys contributing to the projects undertaken at Creative Custom Cars. 

Bradley Stewart – Apprentice Panel Beater

Brad has recently commenced his second apprenticeship with us, after completing his mechanical trade! Brad is a junior member of the team, and enjoys learning the ropes in a dynamic working environment. Brad has a particular interest in race cars having come from a racing background as a kid. As he was always interested in cars and given his interest in working on project cars in his spare time, it was only natural that Brad pursue a career in the industry.