Automotive Restoration & Fabrication Experts

Metal Fabricators, Auto Restorers, Auto Upholsterers & Paint Technicians

 

Founder and President: Robert (Bob) Lorkowski

Driven to Succeed - Bob Lorkowski has restored countless classic cars, while also helping to transform a WITC program ... Read Article >

Born in Chicago in 1949, Bob lived the Muscle Car Era on the streets of Chicago. At Skip's Drive, US 30 Great Lakes Dragway, Oswego and Byron, all knew Bob Lorkowski. Originally drag racing a 1938 Chevy Tudor with a 4 speed Hilborne injected small block, he then graduated to a flip top glass bodied Anglia "Scorpio" big block B altered competition eliminator. His tow car was a 1969 L78 Nova.

Bob's first street rod was a rotary powered 1948 Thames Panel Delivery. He finished in time to travel to '76 Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bob then turned his passion for cars into a business in 1978 by starting Classic Auto Rebuilding Service in Bruce, Wisconsin and this led to his eventual expansion to the current facility, L'CARS Automotive Specialties in Cameron, Wisconsin.

Bob is a self taught fabricator, welder, mechanic, designer, and body and paint technician. His first national recognition came in a 1977 Hot Rod Magazine feature. His personal goal is to be part of winning Best of Show at Pebble Beach. Though this still eludes him, his personal 1928 Daimler won Best of Show in Melbourn Australia and his clients have won Major awards in Italy, Germany, France and England.

Bob has over 40 years of experience in automotive related fields and is a member of NSRA, CCCA, AACA, RROC, ABC, BOC, Appraisal Affiliations, Expert Witness, ASA, and the IAAA. He has also served as a chief class judge at Pebble Beach and European Concours. Bob is also on the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Foundation Committee, Advisory Council, and District Finance Chairman for the B.S.A.

 

Terry Grams: Office/Business Manager

I started with Bob and L'Cars back in 1987 through 1992 as the office manager. I then took off for a few years pursuing other interests and enjoying my family. In 2004 I returned back to L'Cars to the same position and more with the Business end. The office is now computerized! I enjoy working with our customers, car enthusiasts and motorcyclist's alike. I left the Cameron area in 2010 and moved to Spooner and married a wonderful man. We enjoy riding motorcycle, camping and traveling when not working.

 

Blaine Downer: Shop Manager: Master Metal Shaper

Blaine first began working on cars at age 14 when he purchased his first one, a 1969 Dodge. He attended the University of Minnesota-Morris for 3 years, and then Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, graduating with an Associates Degree in Autobody Technology. Blaine received the Ron Fournier Sheet Metal Workshop Certificate.

His specialty is metal working, primarily sheet metal shaping and fabrication in steel, aluminum, stainless, copper, brass, etc. Blaine works on a variety of cars, bikes, planes, snowmobiles, anything made of metal. He has over 16 years of metal working and automobile experience, and is also a member of the Guild of Metalworkers.

Blaine has been involved in many highly shown restorations with many of those restorations being Pebble Beach show cars. The cars include but are not limited to the following: Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Talbot Lago, and Mercedes. He says he enjoys a wide variety of metal working projects that continuously challenge and educate him.

 

Jim Reckert: Wood Craftsman

Born in the late 40's, Jim almost immediately had a passion for working on automobiles, and since starting to work on them seriously at age 16, has spent nearly 3/4 of his life working on his passion and his hobby.

As a world class wood craftsman Jim has many years of on the job training and self taught knowledge. Jim has also attended several Rolls Royce Certified Seminars, and is always seeking more knowledge and new ways to perfect his profession.

Jim's major expertise comes in the design and construction of wood coach, veneer dashes, electrical, and chassis.

Personal accomplishments are many for him but a few highlights include; Pebble Beach award winning cars, 1937 PIII Sedan Deville, 1937 PIII Rebody (Rex), a number of Bugattis, and having the privilege of working on several other award winning cars.

 

Wayne Reeves: Project Manager & Master Craftsman

Wayne's passion with cars began when he was just a kid. Working on cars in his brothers garage from the time he was 15 years old. Out of high school Wayne attended Illinois Central Collage Where he studied mechanical drafting and machine tool. Wayne has also work as an electrical apprentice for 3 years. But he has always been drawn back to his passion of cars. after working in a collision shop for nearly 10 years earning certification in frame and unibody repair, Spies Hecker, PPG and DuPont paint systems. Wayne found himself wanting to move into restoration, fabrication and custom builds. which he has been doing now for past 17 years. not wanting to departmentalize Wayne has mastered all aspects of restoration and custom builds including: Street Rod Fabrication, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Mig, Tig, and Gas welding, Paint and Body, Assembly, Wiring, Interior and Convertible tops.

Since coming to L'Cars Wayne has become a Project Manager. Taking a project from its conception to award winning completion. Working closely with the car owners and utilizing other talent from our shop. Wayne has also done consulting and inspection of hundreds of cars for clients here in the US and Internationally. Wayne is involved in his local car club. And when he can find the time he is working on restoring a 1971 GTO. A clone to the car him and his wife dated in more than 25 years ago.

 

Barry Zurn

Barry has over 40 years experience in both restoring and owning all things mechanical. Starting as a flight mechanic in the Vietnam Conflict, he has personally restored and tours the Midwest with his stable of cars: a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1, a 1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable, a 1961 Austin Healy, and a 1970 MGB. He currently enjoys working on everything from one cylinder to sixteen. Barry has built several V12 Rolls Royce engines which are currently touring the country with great power and reliability.

 

Cory Cook

I have been around cars since I could walk, growing up around my uncle /best friend that started dirt track racing before I was born. I helped and learned working on everything from drive train to suspension. When he stopped racing my interests continued modifying everything I owned from age 12 on. My first was a F250 Ford and then anything that could burn fuel or rubber . At age 16 I realized this was my career path. I wanted to work on cars that most people can only look at from the other side of a velvet rope or see someone else driving . I went to Wyo Tech for training in automotive body and Chassis repair, Custom Paint and Upholstery became certified and have been working alongside some of the Top craftsmen in the industry. I am gaining the knowledge and experience to take a project from the bare chassis stage all the way to a beautifully trimmed interior and make the one of a kind car that much better.

 

Jens Knutzen

Jens has been working on cars and anything with wheels since he was 11 years old. He bought his first car on his 14th birthday and has been hooked ever since. Over the past 8 years, Jens has worked as a Harley Davidson mechanic, Collision Repair Technician, Body and Paint Technician, and general automotive technician.

In 2004 he attended Wyoming Technical Institute and received a diploma in Collision/Refinishing Technology with Specialty Auto Fabrication in Street Rod, Performance Engine Building, and Chassis Fabrication. Jens also received certification in Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling.

Jens has taken part in several restorations including his current projects, a 1970 Camaro Z28, and a 1969 Charger RT.

Jens is excited to be a part of L'Cars and knows that each project is unique and enjoys the challenges that each can present along with learning the history behind each restoration.

 

Jason Johnson

As a young boy my father took me to car shows with his Camaro which was like a gas and fire mix. I was in love with cars and colors, and always dreamed of building something exotic. I started out fabricating and fixing things at an early age on the farm. As the years past I found myself getting more and more involved in specialty builds and custom welding projects, which then led me into an Auto body major at Highland Community College. While attending HCC I fell in love with the art of fabricating and refinishing. Through the two and a half year program I bettered my welding skills and overall knowledge of restoration. After graduating on honor roll I went out into the world with an open mind and found L' cars, where I can now explore the rest of my creativity with every day build challenges.

 

Tony Petty

I had a passion for cars ever since I stepped foot into my bigfoot power wheels truck. I would help my dad with his Jeep whenever he was working on it. After high school I lived in the real world for a few years and didn't like so I decided to go back to school for auto collision and auto mechanics. I have a degree in both areas. I also went to school for welding and machine tool. I'm also ASE and I-Car certified in auto body and ASE certified in mechanics.

 

Jesse Hayes

I have always had a love for cars since I was a little kid. Through high school I would help friends on their cars and install sound systems in my own. After graduating, I decided to pursue a career in business administration. I received my associates from UW Rock and my bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University. Over the span of eight years I worked my way up to produce manager of a grocery store, but decided that it was not the life for me. A job opportunity opened up at L' Cars and I moved north to pursue my dream.

 

Laura Rogers

I joined L'Cars in July 2013 to work in the office and help with everyday tasks. During this time I have taken over OSHA meetings and responsibilities. Having over 7 years in the auto parts industry I also take care of the selling of rare parts through e-Bay and other sources. Becoming a member of L'Cars is a great experience and has given me a new found love of classic cars and the amazing work that is done here.

 

Grant Erickson

Graduated from Chetek Weyerhaeuser High School in 2012.
Graduated from WITC's Auto collision repair and refinishing program in 2013.
Employed at L'Cars in June of 2013. I know basic skills on the lathe and mill. Primary skill is stripping old paint and then spraying and sanding new substrates to achieve a show quality finish in paint work.

 

Rick Vesper

Rick bought his first car at 15 and worked very hard to restore and modify his 1940 Chevrolet. When he was 16, he had both his car and his driver's license. After graduating from Rice Lake High School, he worked as a mechanic at Oliver Chevrolet prior to going into the Air Force. While in the service, he worked as a mechanic on the Minute Man missile. He always has and continues to enjoy working on classic cars. He has a resto-rodded 1940 Chevrolet and has 2 other cars in various stages of restoration.

 

Scott Keller

At a young age I was crawling around cars. My first encounter was my father 1944 Merc Club Coupe that he was building it into a street rod. From crawling around his car to handing tools to him I was always around his cars. I graduated with a teaching degree from college but I always found myself working on cars. My father and I started doing frame off restorations in his shop from 1968 to 442 W-30 convertible, 1966 Chevelle SS396 and 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix. The skills my father has taught me and the drive to learn more, L'Cars gave me the opportunity to continue to improve my skills at a higher quality of workmanship. With that said I'm honored to work here. My current home project is a 1949 5 window resto-mod Chevy pickup.

 

Shane Reeves

I grew up working in my dad’s garage and going to car shows with my grandpa and uncle so its safe to say iv had a love for cars, trucks, and anything else automotive related almost my whole life.

Between my first car (a 1959 Fiat 500), my first truck (a 1975 Chevrolet LUV), and my first bike (a 1989 Honda XL250R) I can say there is nothing I would rather choose for a career path than working with the insanely talented staff at L’Cars.
And now thanks to Mr. Lorkowski and his SPEC TECH program as well as the local CEP program I have been given the once and a lifetime opportunity to work for L’Cars under an apprenticeship program learning complete automotive restoration while completing my high school education.

 

Jim Reeves

1961 was a good year, the year I was born and the first Super Sport was introduced.

I have 56 years so full of cool car history I could write a book, but I'm not well educated in that area to write one.

My grade school time was spent drawing cars, building models, and daydreaming about them. My high school time was spent working on them. Growing up my classroom was either my uncle's shop for body and paint, my grandpa's shop for the welding and fabrication, my dad's garage or the kitchen table for all the things mechanical. I have yet to graduate from that school, working on my master's degree. My passion is the cars (especially the muscles cars of the 60's) seeing them in the showroom, and riding in them when they were new. By the time I had my driver's license they were everywhere. I purchased, repaired what was needed, and sold a lot of them. I like what I do and I'm good at it.

During my years with L'Cars I have been able to with on multimillion dollar Pebble Beach cars as well as local hobbyists collectors, muscle and customs.

I'm not just a gear head I have an appreciation for God, our country, and things that are beautiful and well designed.

 

Sherry Reeves

I grew up following my dad around as soon as I could walk, learning mechanics, logging, miscellaneous things, as well as being responsible and independent, and knowing how to work on my car before I got my license. Dad said that if I was going to drive one I needed to know how to fix it if it were to break down. I learned to drive on a manual. I've always enjoyed trucks, motorcycles, muscle cars, and semi tractors (3 of my uncles were truckers and I wanted to be one when I was a teenager). My interests changed in my early twenties. My first vehicle was a Honda motorcycle and my second was a 1970 3 speed pickup truck. Since then I've had numerous vehicles and I worked on all of them even if they only required routine maintenance and tires.

In high school I took the small engine classes, and after high school I attended a tech college in Idaho for Diesel Mechanics.

My favorite past times are going to car shows, swap meets, sightseeing in the U.S., hiking, riding our motorcycle, and working with my sweet husband. We make a great team at the Bruce shop, where I have worked the past 3 years for Bob. I'm learning a variety of skills such as hand sanding: dry, wet, and color, some buffing, polishing chrome, cleaning parts in the sand blast cabinet, disassembly and assembly, masking and taping cars prior to priming and paint, and many other miscellaneous tasks that need done. I really enjoy working for Bob and on the cars that come to our shop. Now that I know how much work goes into restoring a car and the detail it takes to tum a "rust bucket" or a "barn find" into a quality show car, I have a much greater appreciation when I see the cars at shows.

 

Nick Hoffman

My dad got me into cars when I was just a little kid. He was always working on something cool and unique and always took me to car shows with him and the family. I took multiple metals classes in high school where I learned the basics of welding and metal fabrication.

Before coming to work for L’Cars I worked for a nation wide trucking company as a mechanic and repair man for a total of 11 years where I received my AC certification and Air Brake Certification .

My hobbies are welding, machining, and working on my 1946 Plymouth as well as my 31 Plymouth and 57 triumph T3 that I inherited from my Granddpa.