The vintage classics of Jaguar, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce and other premium cars for restoration are often thought out to be located in the United Kingdom, UAE, Australia or even in the United States. That’s what we thought. You would never bore in mind that the world’s largest car restorer is actual found in our country the Philippines, located at the Clark Freeport Zone.
Australian businessman Jim Brynes owns Brynes Motor Trust (BMT) and is the largest auto restoration shop in the world. They offer outstanding services that is capable of producing world class restoration for several of the world’s most valuable classic cars.
He chose the location of Pampanga because of the skills and dedication of the Filipino workers, the cheap but efficient restoration of his growing classic car collection, and more importantly, Clark in the province of Pampanga is a tax-free zone.
Byrnes is able to import cars, restore and export them without paying taxes, except for the tax on profit made in restoring them. He said that the economy and tax advantages in the Philippines allowed him to turn commercially unviable projects into very profitable ones.
The facility was established in the year 2010 primarily of his own business of buying, restoring and selling classic cars. He is very passionate when it comes to his growing classic car collection. Bentley, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Porsche are his main projects but is not limited to those variety of cars.
Byrnes started with 35 project cars to be restored. He expanded the space and improved on R&D; in two years, he was able to finish 400. A lot of which had great positive feedbacks from those who purchased them.
The roster of his staff are also trained to maximize the usage of the Internet to find parts and techniques should they have difficulty. The staff is also briefed and shown videos of classic car shows so that they can see world standards. The everyday challenge of the company is putting the entire car back together with the same level of quality of how it was manufactured regardless of the year model. When you take into consideration that a whole car is generally composed of around 30,000 parts, this is a gargantuan task that requires attention to the most minute of details and must have world class standard.