Restoration Station

Restoration Station

NEW to the Classic Auto Show is the Restoration Station – the spot at the show where enthusiasts can hear from the experts, share stories and get advice, plus learn real techniques to get your build up and running.

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Stage Emcee: Thomas Douglas

Thomas Douglas is the General Manager of the Guild of Automotive Restorers and a character on the popular television series Restoration Garage on Discovery Velocity. Thomas has been intimately involved with some of the most prestigious projects that The Guild has completed, such as the 1935 Type 57 Bugatti Aerolithe recreation and the 1946 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Pininfarina Cabriolet Speciale.

Thomas was born into a farming family that lived in northern Ontario Canada. Discipline and hard work were part of everyday life on the farm that carried with him into his later life. When Thomas first started working at the Guild, it was doing small tasks of sanding and polishing metal parts in prep to be reinstalled. Thomas quickly moved into the machine shop and eventually was in charge of machining some very interesting and hard to find parts for the Bugatti Aerolithe project.

Thomas’s curiosity about the Aerolithe lead to many hours of research that he did most often at night after work hours. His tenacity lead to his being promoted again to the Special Projects Manager and Head of Research. With the Bugatti as the main project under his command, Thomas organized work and lead the team to the completion of the iconic recreation. After continuing to learn and improve Thomas was eventually promoted to General Manager in 2016.

Thomas has been a part of the Restoration Garage crew since the pilot episode. He has appeared in all 4 seasons of Restoration Garage as a reoccurring character normally around his passion, unique, limited production pre and early postwar era exotic cars. His fascination with the past, its tools and techniques has been instrumental in moulding the expert restorer that he is today.

Stage Emcee:  Thomas Douglas

Restoration Station Schedule

Friday, March 2

1:30 - 2pm                 An A to Z Guide to the Stages of Restoration with Thomas Douglas, The Guild of Automotive Restorers

2:30 - 3:00pm            Upholstery Demo with Marco Diaz at Sew Cal Rods  

3:30 - 4:00pm            Pitfalls to Avoid When Beginning a Restoration with Thomas Douglas, Stacey David, Horny Mike and Kevin Mack

4:30 - 5:00pm            CAS Project Car with Builder Jeff Allen, Host of “SkidMarks Show”, and “Flat 12 Gallery” owner  

5:30 - 6:00pm            Tips to Install A Carpet Kit with Marco Diaz at Sew Cal Rods

6:30 - 7:00pm            Futurliner Restoration with Dave Kindig  

Saturday, March 3

11 - 11:30am             An A to Z Guide to the Stages of Restoration with Thomas Douglas, The Guild of Automotive Restorers

12 - 12:30pm             How to Find a Diamond in the Rough” with Wayne Carini and Stacey David

1:00 - 1:30pm            Stages of Paint with Cecile Bukmeier, NAIT Institute

2:00 - 2:30pm            Upholstery Demo with Marco Diaz at Sew Cal Rods

3:00 - 3:30pm            Bugatti Aerolithe Restoration with Thomas Douglas, The Guild of Automotive Restorers

4:00 - 4:30pm            Pitfalls to Avoid When Beginning a Restoration with Thomas Douglas and Rachel DeBarros

5:00 - 5:30pm            Tips to Install A Carpet Kit with Marco Diaz at Sew Cal Rods

5:45 - 6:15pm            All Women Build -- Chevy Montage Restoration with Bogi Lateiner

6:30 - 7:00pm            Futurliner Restoration with Dave Kindig

Sunday, March 4:

10:45 - 11:15am       An A to Z Guide to the Stages of Restoration with Thomas Douglas, The Guild of Automotive Restorers

11:30 - 12noon         Restoration War Stories with Thomas Douglas, Stacey David, Dave Kindig, Steve Moal

12:15 - 12:45pm       Stages of Paint with Cecile Bukmeier, NAIT Institute

1:00 - 1:30pm            Upholstery Demo with Marco Diaz at Sew Cal Rods

1:45 - 2:15pm            Tips to Install A Carpet Kit with Marco Diaz at Sew Cal Rods

2:45 - 3:15pm            All Women Build -- Chevy Montage Restoration with Bogi Lateiner

3:30 - 4:00pm            Bugatti Aerolithe Restoration with Thomas Douglas, The Guild of Automotive Restorers