HVR 'Restoration Skills' Workshops, with Vincent Panozzo



Running since May 2013

HVR provide a tailored two day weekend workshop aimed at introducing enthusiasists and hobbysists to the lost trade of panel fabrication. 

With a mixture of hands on skills and theory based learning, students are guided under the instruction of Australia’s leading panel fabrication Master, Vincent Panozzo.

'Restoration Skills' workshops are held on Saturday & Sundays (8:00am - 5.45pm, 10 min morning break, 30 min lunch break, 10 min afternoon break) at HVR’s Blackburn premises. Class sizes are strictly limited to 8 students. 

Our goal is to give you the confidence and hands on skills you need in order to embark on your own projects.

Our activity plan is modelled around 2 main learning exercises:

Activity 1 Saturday - You create a Power Buldge! 

Activity 2 Sunday - You create a Sprint/Cycle Guard!

Topics included:

  •  Hand tool operation

  •  Blocking techniques

  •  Shrinking & stretching practices

  •  Wheeling machine processes

  •  OXY/ACET Welding

  •  Lead wiping techniques

  •  Panel repair 'metal finishing'

  •  Rust Replacement

  • Grill & moulding repairs

  • Basical panel fabrication techniques

  • Advanced fabrication techniques

Workshop Costs

Intensive 2 Day Weekend Workshop  - $520.00 AUD +GST

 *Payment required prior to class date (Please note: 100% refund of money if student unable to attend the workshop, but 48 hours notice is required. 'No show' or late cancellation will result in $100.00 fee)

Included in workshop fee; Morning & Afternoon Tea, Lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, Safety equipment; ear plugs & glasses, use of tools & gloves, Hints & Tips worksheet

Student Requirements:

Caters to all levels and skills level. We are busy preparing an 'Intermediate' level workshop for students who want to take their skills to the next level. Students must be prepared for 2 full days of physical activity, and are required to dress in sensible attire - long sleeves, long pants, closed shoes (sneakers OK). Failure to comply with OH&S policies will result in immediate termination of student's participation without refund. Rug up for winter classes. Wear lighter material for summer classes. However, despite the season - you'll warm up!

Weekend Workshop Dates

We are taking a break from the workshops in 2016, and look forward to recommencing them in 2017. Please register your interest with Dominique on to keep in the loop. 

Register Your Interest

Please email Dominique on or phone (03) 9877 0666 to register your interest


"Many thanks to Vince, Paul and Dominique for a very informative, hands-on weekend. I very much enjoyed meeting and working with all you 'apprentices' on the different projects. The photo CD is much appreciated and is an excellent memento of two great days. Again my thanks for all the advice and use of your tools.  I'm now inspired to get back working on the old valiant." Mike, VIC

"A big "thank you" to Dominique and Paul for hosting the weekend, and to Vince for providing the teaching. The workshop was great, and covered everything I had hoped (and more). The best bit that I took away from the weekend was the knowledge that (perhaps with a lot more practice....), most of the "magic" that you guys do is actually achievable at home by us mere mortals." Dave, NSW

 "It was an excellent intensive 2 days and I learnt a heap - thanks also to Vince and Paul and Dom for making it happen and sharing their knowledge and facilities" Andrew, Vic

"The course was more than expected. It took a lot of guess work out and showed real processes to adhere real results.  Excellent value and the program was full on, but did not go too fast where you didn’t understand the processes. Definitely recommend this course." Phil, Vic