Classic Car Restoration Happens Here !
We have been lucky enough to have been working on these classic cars at this location since 2004. We always had a great reputation as a shop since the 90's and some of our customers wanted us to work on their vintage vehicles. Since both myself and Greg Sisk are big classic car enthusiasts we liked the idea of working on them during the week, not just the weekends. That same year we put on the inaugural Orinda Classic Car Show. We thought it would be cool to let locals show off their cars and raise some money for local charities. Since then, Orinda has been synonymous with classic cars. As our reputation grew we became busier and started to expand. We brought back “Vintage” Vince Poehnelt and we now have two ASE Master Technicians with over thirty years experience each as well as myself and a support staff. We now have enough space in our shop to let a car sit inside while waiting for parts. This configuration allows us to have two classic car techs available to work on these vintage cars all day long! That means we make progress on your vehicle as soon as we take it in. Our classic car business is not a “spare time” hobby. We will not push your classic out of the way when we have “regular work”. We have a whole different shop and crew to take care of modern vehicles. Orinda Classic Car Center is dedicated to classic cars and trucks only. We like to put a personal touch on every job we do. We also use our vast experience to help us get the results you need. I have been in this business for over thirty years also and this is my dream job. We know what a “fixed car” is and I personally perform quality control on each job that leaves our shop. With our “classic only” commitment, focus on customer service, and workmanship we get results like no others.
Orinda Classic Car Center
John Vanek – Service Manager
John grew up around cars his whole life. When he was five years old his brother purchased a 1966 Mustang and he was hooked. He started working at his brother's shop when he was fifteen. He joined his race crew when he was sixteen and became manager at age twenty-six. He worked there until his brother closed the shop in 2004. Being around classic cars his whole career made him want to specialize. When he moved his expertise to Orinda he found a home where he could live out his classic car dream.
“Vintage” Vince Poehnelt – Parts Specialist & Estimator
Vince is a breed of specialist that they do not make anymore. Most regular repair shops don't have a guy like this. His vast experience from working on American cars and trucks from the 50's – 70's allows us to have success restoring these old vehicles. He has several drawers full of rare pieces that he pulls out from time to time. He also has a tackle box full of carb jets so he can help get all of his carb jobs dialed in, and has made several tools in the past to make particular jobs come out just right. Vince's knowledge when communicating about vehicles and parts is invaluable, and a perfect member for our team!
Xavier Estrada – Media Marketer & Parts Manager
Ever since Xavier was introduced to cars as a kid he has made it his passion! Early in his career he worked as a technician and moved into other roles in the automotive field such as an administrator. Since his arrival in Orinda he has been our media marketer. Having a keen eye photographing vehicles and sharing it with our audience as well as handling our media outlets. He also manages our parts inventory making sure we are organized and ready to work on these classic vehicles. A true auto enthusiast and important member of our team!
Charles Moore – Facility Utilities
Another crucial member of the Classic Car Center is Charles! He takes care of our facility and handles various projects. He can also be spotted driving our shop's Chevy Wagon picking up parts. His enthusiasm for cars goes back decades and continues with his personal vehicles!
Greg Sisk – Master Technician
Greg is a terminal car guy! After going to trade school, serving on a pit crew and owning, restoring dozens of cool cars he now gets to live his dream every day. His personal collection is up to about fifteen. He has a rare skill set that includes welding, fabricating, electrical, differentials, carbs and computer controlled hot rods! We could not have the Orinda Classic Car Center without this guy!
Guillermo Castaneda – ASE Technician
Guillermo has been working on vehicles as a technician since the 1990's, and is a valuable member with knowledge when it comes to working on these vehicles! He and John have also worked along side each other for decades. His interest on being a technician started at a shop in Richmond soon after graduating, and has continued since.