The vintage Automotive Restoration program prepares students for a career dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage cars. By pursuing the Associate of Arts degree, students will focus on techniques in woodwork and machine work, sheet metal work, upholstery work, systems knowledge, and process of disassembly and assembly. In addition, they will learn the historical studies and research skills needed to restore vintage vehicles. Automotive Design students at Academy of Art University benefit from the extremely specialized program, as emphasis is placed on learning from classic cars that have been fully restored to the highest standard at the Academy’s Automobile Museum.

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Tom Matano

Executive Director, School of Industrial Design

Tom Matano, Executive Director of the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University, is an honorary judge at the 2015 Hillsborough Concourse. Mr. Matano is an industry veteran who held design positions at Mazda, General Motors, and BMW for nearly three decades prior to joining the Academy. Mr. Matano has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, holding design positions at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan,  GM Holden's Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia, and BMW in Munich, Germany. In 1983, he joined Mazda's North American studio as a Chief Designer. From there, he went on to become Executive Vice President of Western Operations for Mazda R&D North America, Inc., and Executive Designer & Director of Mazda North American Operations.

Lloyd Buck

Associate Director

Lloyd Buck is an award-winning classic car restoration expert with more than 40 years of industry experience. He launched his auto restoration career while in high school as a painter at an auto body shop that specialized in the repair and restoration of Datsun Z cars. In 1985, he joined Auto Europa, and a year later, he began maintaining and restoring vehicles for the Keller Collection at the Pyramids, one of the most significant auto collections in the world. After operating his own restoration business, he became the Keller Collection’s manager until 2012, when he joined Academy of Art University as a mechanic for its celebrated Automobile Museum collection.

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