Motorclassica Youth Program

Brought to you by Motorclassica and Shannons, the Motorclassica Youth program is designed as an introduction to the joys of classic and vintage motoring both as a vocation and hobby, the program offers an opportunity for students in years 8 – 10 to get up close and personal with the young people and trades leading vintage movement into the 21st century. Here century-old skills meld with modern technology to restore and rejuvenate these special vehicles and keep them on the road for all to enjoy.

As many trades and skills slowly get lost in the latest waves of modernity, real opportunities exist for young people to discover extraordinary careers and lifestyles around old, collectible and desirable cars and motorcycles. As an investment, the value of classic car transactions have spiked 17 percent in the past year and outperformed every other luxury category in the world, according to Knight Frank Wealth report. In fact, a “truly investment-grade car” bought in 2006 would have appreciated up to 487 percent over the last 10 years. And as more collectors take advantage of this investment potential, more traditionally-trained tradespeople and specialists will be required to maintain these valuable machines.

The Motorclassica Youth program is a 3-hour program covering the following topic, in 2017 over 50 students joined the program to discover the joys of the classic and vintage automotive industry. 

To find out more information contact Alana Smith 03 9321 6750



Andrew Olsen has loved anything with wheels for as long as he can remember, probably due to his father Glenn being the director of Jag E Type restorations since before Andrew was born.


Andrew hasn’t always worked with his father though, after leaving school he joined the Australian Army as an armoured vehicle operator. Once having finished his time in the army he decided to pursue his other passion of woodwork and became a cabinet maker, but it wasn’t long before the itch to be around vehicles all day took over again.


Andrew currently works with father Glenn and has been doing so since 2011, learning all facets of the business that is restoring the world’s best E Type Jaguars and since then he has strived to learn all aspects of restoration, including 2 years ago starting a panel beating apprenticeship in an effort to further enhance his skills.





Dominique Chaleyer has combined her passion for historic motoring in a career that encompasses classic car racing, vehicle restoration, TV producing & hosting, marketing & events consulting. 

 As a Media Studies University Graduate, Dom travelled interstate & overseas to pursue a career in TV, film & special events. After returning home, she pivoted her career towards chasing a childhood dream of classic car racing. She soon joined her Dad, Paul, at his thriving restoration workshop in Blackburn - Historic & Vintage Restorations, as the new Business & Marketing Manager. It was here that Dom dedicated over 5 years fine tuning her knowledge of the many processes involved in classic & vintage car restoration and historic race car preparation. 

 Now a freelance consultant, Dom has carved out a niche career path in the automotive industry which allows her to continue to share her passion for the historic motoring industry both on & off the track.  It is her goal to share this deep fascination &  joy with fellow aficionado's, & better yet, to continue to keep this "passion legacy" alive for the next generation to find wonderment in.



My name is Harsha Ravi, and I hold a creative design role in GM Australia Design. Having had a keen interest in the art and design space since my early childhood days (think crayons and scribbles on walls!) I had my first inspired vision of being a car designer when I was 14.


Although I was in high-school in Sydney, my drive to pursue this as a career path saw me journey interstate to Melbourne to study Industrial Design at Monash in 2004. After years of focussed design learning, I was offered an internship with GMA Design in ‘07, and after completing my honours project in ’09 was rehired by the studio. All along, I have been part of a fantastic creative team developing the interiors of showcars, production cars and advanced concepts that are all wild visions of our automotive future.



My name is Kieran Glass and I have been working as a clay sculptor with GM Australia Design from early 2016. I have always had a strong passion for cars, architecture and design which I studied through high school. I am currently completing Industrial Design at Monash University, focussing on transport design.


Since starting at GM Australia, I have met many talented people who have worked all across the world who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge. Clay sculpting has proven to be a highly rewarding job which has allowed me to get hands on with the development of future production vehicles through to advanced concept cars. Automotive design has an exciting future, and I am looking forward to see where my career will take me.


Many people in Shannons Auction team are passionate about one particular Classic marquee or model, but Melbourne’s Ryan Lednar could truly describe his personal collection as ‘eclectic’.

It comes from his father, Peter, who played a major role in the late 1970s helping company founder Robert Shannon expand from Classic Vehicle Insurance to vehicle sales. This in turn led to the establishment of Shannons Classic Vehicle Auctions in the early 1980s.

While his first Classic was a 1974 Leyland Mini Clubman, his current ‘stable’ pays homage to British, American and Japanese cars and includes a 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible and a ’68 Mini Cooper S, to list couple in his collection.

With such diverse vehicle interests Ryan is kept busy fraternising with fellow enthusiasts from each marque and he is currently a member of the Buick, Mini, MG and Lincoln Mercury car clubs and attends many functions staged by each.

When he’s not evaluating cars for auction, you’ll probably find Ryan out with members of one club or another at shows, displays, cruises and drive days.

So you can talk to him about just about any Classic and you’ll tap into his knowledge vault of different models and their value.

 “I’m kept pretty busy, but the good thing about coming to work at Shannons is that my hobby and work merge into one, what more could you want…!


Subaru do Motorsport team driver Molly Taylor became the first female and youngest winner of the Australian Rally Championship in 2016.

Growing up in a motorsport family, an interest in rallying was inevitable, with Molly’s mother Coral a four-time Australian Rally Champion co-driver. However, it wasn’t until a later age, working at her father Mark rally school in the holidays that Molly tried driving a rally car herself.

She won the F16 class in the Australian Rally Championship in 2006, backing the victory up again in 2007.

Following that, Molly moved overseas at a young age to follow her dream with very little money a gutsy move at such a young age. From there, Molly’s career sky rocketed.

In 2015 Molly became the first female to win a round of the Australian Rally Championship and finished second overall in the series. In 2016 she went one better, winning the Championship as part of the Subaru do Motorsport team. Molly’s achievements that year also included winning one of the most prestigious awards in Australian motorsport, the Peter Brock Medal, named in honour of the late touring car legend.


I was born into a car focussed family and grew up working in the classic car industry whilst completing my VCE High School Certificate.

After school I achieved a Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours), and fulfilled a minor in Aerospace.

After this I completed an Adv Dip in Aviation and a Commercial Pilots Licence, spending time working in WA as a Pilot.

Returning to Melbourne, I worked as an Aerospace Project Engineer assisting Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

In 2013 I set up my own businesses, Bespoke Motor Cars and Jordan Roddy Engineering, both specialising in all things concerning classic and collector cars



Holmesglen Engineering and Electrotechnology students, with the assistance of staff, built a replica Type 35 Bugatti in entirety from scratch.

This beautiful, accurate replica Bugatti includes original or replica period details, including a 100 year old horn and replica aero shield, but we have adapted it to today’s world to make it light and efficient. It has:

  • A 50cc motor and can reach a top speed of 80 km/hr
  • Four 20 inch wheels
  • Four wheel brakes
  • Aircraft grade chrome moly chassis making it light and strong
  • A 3 litre fuel tank
  • Its fuel economy is 100km/litre

Large projects such as building a vehicle are important as they teach students in-demand skills and knowledge, not normally taught in a traditional classroom environment. Holmesglen also works closely with industry on all projects to make sure they reflect real world applications; producing graduates with the ability to work in the fast-paced, technical fields of engineering and electrotechnology.

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