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Founded in 1990 by Lance McCormack (Mulliner Park Ward trained), Romance of Rust is multi-concours award winning classic car restoration business. He is now celebrating 48 years in the car restoration business.

Today, the company operates out of a 19th century industrial building on the Brentford dock area.

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Lance started his training back in 1976 at Rolls Royce, Mulliner Park Ward division in North West London as a traditional panel beater craft apprentice.  After which he spent 4 years at Roehampton making artificial limbs (to learn human form.) After that Rolls Royce asked him to return where his job which amongst other things included the training of apprentices on the shop floor.  He then worked his way up to become the youngest ever Rolls Royce final inspector, responsible for finished car quality.



Notable cars that he has restored are John and Yoko’s Phantom V Limousine, The Alchemist (Gasser which has been heralded as Europe’s finest hot rod.) Since its debut at the Louis Vuitton Concours D’Elegance held at The Hurlingham Club, Planet Voodoo Mercury which has won awards and wowed audiences across Europe and beyond. He continues to work on many Aston Martin and Ferrari projects for high-end marque specialists, taking care of the detail metal work areas.



He also starred in the television series – Salvage Squad; a credible romp!

Lance has also worked for the film industry making Captain America’s shield and a pre-CGI mirror for Snow White and The Huntsman.

Lance also shares his expertise by teaching MA and international Royal College of art students the ways of metalworking for Product Design, Auto Design, Pure Art and Sculpture.

Being one of the few traditional coach builders left he is a refugee from the Industrial Revolution.


  • Architectural Metalwork – Copper Cocktail bar
    In Architectural


Romance of Rust, The Old Stables, Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8BD

Email: lance@romanceofrust.com Phone: +44 (0)7774 754 239