News at Hightone

Classic cars for all generations:

Hightone Restorations plans for automotive history’s future

  • New Managing Director appointed this month  
  • Expanded premises 
  • Monthly classic car meets with bespoke themes 
  • Next “Classics At The Crossroads” event: Thursday 7 Sept, 5.30pm-8pm  

Steeple Aston, 30 August 2023 – Oxfordshire-based classic car restoration company Hightone is supporting its continuous business growth and expansion plans this year with a series of important initiatives which have a positive impact on the local community as well as the business.  

Since April, Hightone has been running its well-attended monthly “Classics At The Crossroads”, a series of gatherings taking place on the first Thursday of every month, between 5.30pm and 8pm, each with its own theme and special guests, from Bentley and Porsche-focused businesses and V-Moto Café Racers to the imminent September event, which will welcome Renault Alpine Club Owners.   

  “We wanted to bring the unique charm of classic automotive history to the wider community,” explains Hightone MD Gregg Alvarez. “Hightone has been restoring and caring for vintage and classic vehicles for almost 45 years, and we are keen to ensure this industry is introduced to the younger generations: it all starts with our local area, but it also involves other like-minded organisations.” 

In a business which relies on spacious premises to thrive, Hightone has recently further expanded, better to accommodate the many stages of classic vehicle restoration work, as well as set up dedicated covered areas and parking space to welcome the guests who attend its meetings. “We are the guardians of an art, and it is logical to create the best environment to attract local classic car owners and fans to show everybody what we do here.” 

Alvarez is living proof of such a commitment to ensure younger people are made aware of the many opportunities offered by the classic automotive industry: he studied Motorsport Engineering at college, and started as a panel beater and chassis fabricator working for well-known Jensen-focused restoration company Cropredy Bridge; he moved onto working on the rear suspension of the modernised Jensen Interceptor S and R versions, in 2009/2011 and continued re-building Jensen FFs at Bavarez between 2013 and 2017. As a restoration project manager for McGrath, he oversaw the restoration of Vignale-designed Maseratis, developing an appreciation for the way high-end classic cars are put together, with bespoke parts fitting perfectly.   

At 32, Alvarez was appointed as a young, yet very experienced General Manager for Hightone.   

“I grew within and with the business,” he explains. “When the opportunity to be at the helm of the company came, I did not let it slip. At 37, I am now not only Hightone’s Managing Director, but also co-owner: I plan to share my enthusiasm and passion for classic cars with a generation brought up on computer games and social media.”  

Hightone’s newest fans join existing customers, who are not just local classic vehicle owners; the firm has a loyal following all over the UK and abroad, and strong links to mono-brand owners’ clubs and other businesses. “We have different special guests every month,” says Alvarez. “The local community comes to socialise and learn about our current projects as well as to be introduced to other associations. On 7 September, we shall welcome the Renault Alpine Owners’ Club, and look forward to seeing what special cars they will bring. The new display area and car park on Hightone’s grounds is ready.”   

“Classics at The Crossroads” takes place every first Thursday of the month, from April to September. The event is free but donations are gratefully accepted, and go towards supporting the Katharine House Hospice in Banbury. 

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Media contacts for information and photos: 

 Angie Voluti AVPR 

Tel: 07415 095 543

Email: Angie@av-pr.com

Or 

Hightone Restorations Limited
Hopcrofts Holt
Steeple Aston, Bicester
Oxon, OX25 5QQ

Tel. + 44 (0)1869 349003

Email. info@hightone.co.uk

Notes to Editors: Hightone Restorations was established in 1979.The company retained its team of highly-skilled craftsmen as well as preserve the values and ethos that underpinned its success over the years. 

In March 2008 the company moved from Enstone to new purpose-built premises at Hopcrofts Holt, near Steeple Aston. Bicester Heritage is just 9 miles away.

Hightone is renowned for high-class bodywork repairs and painting, but also all aspects of bodywork including ash framing, panel manufacturing, aluminium welding, mechanical rebuilds and servicing.

Restoration work span a wide range of cars including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Rover, MG, Darracq, Bean, Lagonda, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Daimler, Talbot, Aston Martin, Facel Vega and Lanchester.

Hightone is specifically well-known for the team’s extensive experience in restoring Alvis cars of all ages, including Speed 20, Speed 25, 12/50, Firefly, TA21, TC21/100 and TD/E/F Models.