Not many automotive repair and restoration shops are possessed of the facilities, cleanliness and hospitality required to open their doors on a regular basis to host a gathering of car enthusiasts for an evening of darts, billiards and car talk. Fortunately, On the Road Again Classics–located in the picturesque village of Morgan Hill in the San Francisco Bay Area–is not a traditional British car garage.
Bill Hiland spent two decades at the helm of various luxury sailing yachts in Australia before returning to the United States to establish an electronics salvage company. Eventually, he established one of the premier British car shops in the country that combined his love of vintage classics with his unique ability to make his clients feel like cosseted passengers on a private charter.
Walking through the front doors, one is struck that the facilities look more like a museum than a working shop. By design, Hiland has segregated the 12,000 square foot space into two distinct areas. Almost a third of the space is devoted to the display of consignment cars, private collection vehicles and automobilia with the additional area dedicated to the real work of repairing and restoring classic British sports cars.
The team of craftsmen has over 150 combined years of working on classic sports cars and the shop has handled everything from award-winning restorations of British exotica–there is an onsite downdraft paint booth–to regular maintenance and repairs of the countless Triumphs, MGs, Jaguars and Healeys that look to On the Road Again for service. Importantly, the shop is also firmly ensconced in the community, locally and nationally, hosting the annual party and rally for the British Fall Classic car show as well as the recent British Motor Trade Association annual meeting. Visitors to the Bay Area should take the time to stop by and come aboard for a real automotive treat.
On the Road Again Classics
16840 Joleen Way, Unit G4
Morgan Hill, California 95037