Andy Kissack is probably the most recognisable face of wheeling in the UK. He is a former lecturer at the internationally renowned Leeds College of Technology and its outstanding
Classic Car Restoration Course.
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Many will recognise him as demonstrating wheeling for over 22 years at the classic car shows at the NEC. Andy introduced the demonstration skills stand at the May 1995 classic car show and it’s the longest running and most popular feature of the shows. Andy is apprentice time served and a qualified master craftsman and wheeler/coachbuilder and has 40 years experience in using the wheeling machine producing bodies for AC Cobra Ferrari Daytonas and Californians, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentleys, Lagondas, Alvis, Allards, Rileys, Jaguar SS100’s, Jaguar E-Type Lightweights and much more.
He is probably also unique in being a qualified college lecturer for over 25 years in the subject, with additional expertise in writing nationally recognised qualifications such as NVQ2/3 vehicle body building and vehicle body prototype and design qualifications. Therefore as a qualified lecturer he can assess and verify the student’s work towards NVQ qualifications as well as undertaking full delivery and administration of apprentice training. During his time as a lecturer in wheeling he has taught circa 900 people to use the wheeling machine and has possibly taught it longer than anyone globally. The Wheeling Machine College can provide fast track upskilling/refresher courses for panel beating employees as well as delivering all the training required by apprentices to become proficient at panel making in the shortest possible timescale.
Andy quotes: “I am passionate about my craft and have endeavoured most of my life to preserve these rare skills and keep the craft alive. My continuing ambition is to pass these skills and knowledge onto the next generation and a larger audience. I want to address the wheeling panel making skills shortage and help my students to achieve the highest levels of this very rewarding and lucrative craft.”