We offer a full design and build service for cars and motorbikes including original restoration through to customisation to your specifications. The magic happens in our fully equipped Northmead, Sydney workshop. Be it metal shaping, MIG & TIG welding, DIY courses and bay rental, car and motorcycle body restoration, car customising classes, car body building classes, car customising workshop, metal-shaping courses, panel beating classes, restoration projects, professional training or vehicle body works, we’re passionate about providing our customers with exceptional quality and dedicated, professional service.

Our main service offerings include:

• Redesign, rebuild and restoration of classic cars and motorbikes

• Classes in metal shaping, MIG & TIG welding & related skills

• Manufacture & sales of specialist metal working machines & tooling

• DIY bay rental with fully equipped metal workshop at your fingertips



MotoRRetro is a partnership between Vaughan Ryan and Georgio Rimi. We met as apprentices studying panelbeating and coach building at Ultimo TAFE, Sydney in 1989, and were constantly vying for pole position in class. While at TAFE Georgio won a coveted spot in the NSW TAFE smash repair team at Bathurst in 1991. Vaughan won first in state at the NSW apprenticeship awards in 1989 and 1990. Despite our competitiveness, we became good friends with an passion for metalworking, classic cars (and bikes), restoration and customising that’s made us who we are today. 

Before starting MotoRRetro we both owned our own restoration businesses, and have over 20 years industry experience, including a stint in the USA where we worked for The Pit Stop in San Francisco, restoring Ferraris and Alfa Romeos. We both taught trade classes at TAFE – Georgio at Ultimo and Vaughan at North Sydney – and have over 16 years teaching experience between us. We started MotoRRetro together in 2015 with the express purpose of becoming Australia’s best classic car restorers, metal shapers, body works, welding instructors, car and bike customisers, and DIY automotive restoration teachers.


Vaughan Ryan

Vaughan originally started his panelbeating and coachbulding apprenticeship in 1989; but his family has a long  and proud history of building and racing cars. His main interests include building and creating motorcycles and cars, customising, restoring original and rare classics, and restomods.

Georgio Rimi

Obsessed with how things work, Georgio learned to put them back together after he pulled them apart. He restored his first car in high school.  With over 30 years experience, he’s also been part of pro racing car teams. He’s inspired by racing and classic cars and has a long list of personal restoration projects.


Tots had previously worked and trained with Vaughan in 1996. Then in 2017, he started to work at MotoRRetro full time with Vaughan and Georgio after a short period away from the industry. He specialises in welding and lead wiping.


Mark joined the MotoRRetro team in late 2018. He started working on cars at the age of 13, when he bought and restored his first ever cars: a Morris Minor and then a Fiat 500. He specialises in attention to detail and problem-solving skills.


Skylan is now in the second year of his panelbeating apprenticeship. He joined MotoRRetro straight after high school and grew up around Toyotas – which he blames his dad for – but these days he drives classics. He’s showing great potential with his welding skills.

From the age of 18, Simon Leake dreamed of owning his very own Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle. Now in his 60s, he’s had the opportunity to do just that.

This is a video we shot a few years ago with our mate John Ward from Fuel Bespoke Design that features his immaculate, early 1970s BMW 2800 CS with an E46 M3 under the bonnet. It’s well worth a watch.

We were recently lucky enough to have world-renown bike builder and customiser, Christian Sosa, in our shop to hold a few metal working masterclasses. Here’s a little piece we put together on the whole experience.

0409 987 564 (VAUGHAN) OR ‭0412 372 105‬ (GEORGIO)

get in touch

If you want to find out more about any of our Sydney-based metal shaping, MIG & TIG welding, welding courses and bay rental, car and motorcycle body restoration, car customising classes, car body building classes, car customising workshop, metal-shaping courses, panel beating classes, restoration projects, professional training, vehicle body works, or to have a chat about our projects please get in touch.

2B, 6 Boundary Rd. Northmead, NSW 2152 Australia

Vaughan 0409 987 564 – Georgio 0412 372 105