CC Workshop has been in the making for decades. Since standing trackside at Oulton Park during the 1980s as a young boy, the sounds and smells of pre-war grand prix cars that I found so captivating, have continually pushed my passion for engineering.


My name is Christopher Craven and in 2022 CC Workshop was born, although a new business I have spent years gathering experience from repairing and maintaining an eclectic range of historic and prestigious motor cars. From Austin 7’s to Aston Martins, here at CC Workshop, you can trust your pride and joy will be expertly handled and treated with the professionalism it deserves.


I studied engineering at college and university before working alongside my father in a busy workshop. It was here that I really honed my skills and my passion for motor vehicles continued to grow. Motoring has also been a large part of my life away from work as well, with many years of competing in trials, sprints, and hill climbs…with varying success! I now find myself in the very privileged position of working at Tom Hardman Ltd with my own workshop and having the opportunity to work on some incredible vehicles.


Tony & Chris Craven Manchester to Blackpool 1984

Myself and Tom Hardman’s fathers were lifelong friends, rebuilding, restoring, and enjoying historic motor cars together, and it was this common interest that brought our families together. I  spent many years being fully immersed in the events vintage motor cars had to offer, competing in local club events in the family’s Vauxhall 25/70 and trial events in an Austin 7.  More recently competing in hill climbs driving an Alvis speed 20 and also an Austin 7 special, so it seems very fitting that the Craven and Hardman story continues, and our respective families have the opportunity to experience the thrills and opportunities that a (well maintained) historic or prestigious motor car can provide….

Phillip Hardman & Tony Craven 


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