Roger Gibson Auto Restoration officially opened as a business in November of 1980, but Roger’s experience predates that time. Prior to starting the business, he worked as a mechanic at various new car dealerships, diesel truck repair shops and managed an independent garage. Roger received his formal training working as a Porsche mechanic, which he did for 6 years.The philosophy imposed on Roger during that time was very influential throughout his career.
After a normal work day, Roger had another shop where he would work on hot rods and high performance cars, mostly building motors and doing custom paint. Roger began buying Corvettes that needed repair and fixing them for resale. The goal of his repairs was to do so with such craft that the repair was undetectable. This ultimately led to the restoration business.
In the early 80’s, Roger’s primary business was repair and restoration of Corvettes. He always had high performance cars (other than Corvettes) of his own at that time, but it was almost impossible to get paid to restore or rebuild them. The “muscle car” boom of the late 80’s changed all that. Roger began restorations of muscle cars for Otis Chandler. The steady growth of the muscle car market has become the main focus of his business, which continues today. Currently Roger does about ten muscle cars for every one Corvette.
Roger’s early Corvette background helped shape his philosophy used today in muscle car restoration. Roger was a judge for the Bloomington Gold Corvette certification throughout the early 90’s. He was responsible for bodies and mechanical as well as the motor numbers judging on the ’66 big block team. Roger has been a member of NCRS (National Corvette Restorers Society) since 1981 and he was very involved with this organization throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Roger helped write manuals and participated as a judge at regional and national meets. Roger developed the Level-type judging for Mopars that was used at Carlisle for the Five Star award in the mid 90’s.
The main focus of his business today is state of the art restoration, with Mopars being the primary cars. Roger has developed a worldwide clientele including customers in England, Canada and all across America.
Roger’s knowledge, superior craftsmanship and skill as a mechanic as well as association with long time friend Frank Badalson, spawned Auto Restoration Parts Supply in 1994. Their goal was to manufacture high quality reproduction parts and supplies for 66-71 Mopar restorations.