Since Rally Preparation Services was conceived in 2007, the business has grown steadily, and now has a staff of 19 truly conscientious car fanatics. Working as a team, they ensure that everything proceeds efficiently, and that every client receives personal service. It’s all about meticulous attention to detail.

Each member contributes unique individual skills, so that together Rally Preparation Services offers a formidable resource for anyone who wants their vintage or classic vehicle prepared and maintained to the highest possible standards, whether they are entering the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, or a local historic vehicle rally, or taking a European tour.


Simon is the founder of Rally Preparation Services and the man behind the UK’s very first long-distance endurance rally car preparation workshop, specialising solely in classic and vintage rally car preparation. With around 25 years’ professional experience in the motor trade, Simon is passionate about rallying and has travelled all over the world as both a competitor and as a mechanic/support for some of the world’s biggest and toughest events.

RPS Team Simon Ayris - Founder of RPS

Leadership Team



Operations Manager

Heading up all the IT and e-commerce for Rally Preparation Services, Lewis looks after everything the company needs internally on these fronts. After studying business at Abingdon & Witney College, Lewis joined RPS in a full time role in June 2016, after years working between his studies. Lewis was given the task of supplying the event tracking facility for the 2016 Peking to Paris which was an international resounding success.

Ben Harris


Production Manager

Having fully trained from youth into adulthood at Oselli Classic & Sports Cars, Ben came to the Rally Preparation Services team looking for a unique way forward. He knows his way around classic cars better than most, having cut his teeth on everything British and worked on longer distance endurance events within the UK. He has truly exceptional skills and restores classic cars to an exemplary standard.

Gary Pickard


Technical Manager

Gary is one of the most experienced members of the Rally Preparation Services team, graduating from apprentice mechanic to workshop manager before moving on in search of more challenging projects.  Gary has worked on many events at home and abroad, from classic car rallies to World Championship events ¬– so he understands the importance of meticulous preparation.

RPS Team Sveta K


Office Manager

Simon’s wife Sveta keeps a firm hand on the company admin and internal processing – and Simon! She contributes a wealth of experience gained looking after the accounts of International hotels and top-line companies. All things relating to admin are kept under Sveta’s wing as well as liaising with European contacts.

Millie-Jane Ayris


Social Media and Marketing

Having studied Art and Design at college Millie-Jane now manages the social media and marketing side of Rally Preparation Services. She can always be found editing away or managing the RPS statistics but as soon as some eye candy is in the workshop she’s right there with her camera – having quite an eye for a good classic or vintage car when she sees one.

Brooke Matthews


Classic Car Technician

Brooke found his way onto the Rally Preparation Services team after being recommended to RPS from within the trade. Working alongside Ben, his fabrication and build skills are second to none and his skills have grown since he joined the team at the end of 2014.

Peter Turner


Head Technician

Peter is Rally Preparation Service’s modern car expert. He has a wealth of experience with modern cars especially Subaru and Isuzu, coming from a local main dealer. Peter looks after the more modern car requirements from servicing and maintenance to fault diagnosis using all the interrogations needed on more modern vehicles. Peter can from time to time find his work changing from new to old depending how busy things get and loves the challenge either way.

Gary Oliver


Classic Car Technician

Gary joined Rally Preparation Services Ltd early in 2018 looking for something new and challenging! Having completed his apprenticeship with ease he went on to become a senior technician working on both classic, vintage, and modern cars alike and has an outstanding eye for detail. Before joining the team at RPS Gary had already tasted things in the competitive Vintage car world when he worked alongside our other Gary on event which instantly more than whet the appetite and made for an unforgettable experience – we hope there are very many more to follow!

Adam Townsend



Adam is our apprentice. His tenacious attitude got the role in September 2018 when he knocked on the door, emailed and called to make sure he got his hands on the apprentice role after leaving school – not wanting a boring job! Since then Adam has been studying all about classic and vintage cars at the brilliant industry supporting Bicester Heritage Skills Academy where along with his hands on workshop experience with the team at RPS he is doing a mighty fine job.