David and Kate Cottingham are the husband and wife team who founded the Company in 1977. Their three sons at various points in time have all worked in the business. Over the years Justin, Jeremy and James have been involved in the day to day running of DK Engineering. Justin has been part of the business since 1998 and has previously run both Parts and Service departments, as well as previously running the important and complementary Storage business which houses a significant number of vehicles in our custom-built facilities. Jeremy started at DK in 1996 and developed the Sales department. He was joined by James in 2002 (part-time whilst he studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol University) and full-time from 2007 onwards. As the lead acquisition consultants, they developed the Sales department into a well-known and influential, worldwide operation. In 2016 Jeremy decided to leave the family business and start his own separate and new business solely specialising in sales.
During James' time in the business, he has helped develop the worldwide image and reputation by managing the restoration of our award-winning facilities and later helping Jeremy grow the sales department. Today James works alongside David and Kate helping to ensure the smooth running of the business whilst also maintaining his position as lead Acquisition Consultant in the sales department. In recent years James has been responsible for a healthy number of world record deals including a string of McLaren F1s and Ferrari 250 GT SWBs.
The Servicing business is managed by Emma and she is DK's Service Advisor. With previous Ferrari main dealer experience, he works alongside our senior Master Technician Adrian to ensure the smooth running of the workshop. Rob and Ash are jointly responsible for the acquisition, storage, charging and sale of our extensive stock of parts.
Our technicians are mostly either trained in-house from the apprentice stage upwards or have been factory-trained at main dealers before joining DK, usually to find a greater diversity of motor car in the workplace. In all DK has around fifteen technicians and two engine builders as well as a full-time logistics driver. Lynda takes care of the complex company accounts assisted by Monique (who also attends to HR matters and front of house cover).
DK Engineering is very much a family business and many of DK's former employees have used the experience and knowledge gained at DK to help them found their own companies of which most are now successful having used the fundamental principles learned at DK. At present we have a workforce of over 40 employees.
David has a fount of knowledge gained from 60 years of hands-on restoration and race preparation of hundreds of special cars. Considered to be a world authority on 1950s Sports Racing Ferraris. Co-owner Kate is a passionate supporter of the Ferrari marque and remains committed to the longestablished company ethos.
Youngest son of David and Kate and part of the DK team since 2002. Graduated from Bristol University with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering. Passionate about all things Ferrari and racing from an early age. Today responsible for some of the most significant sales carried out by DK in recent years, an accomplished racing driver, and always managing circa five restoration projects.
Harvey joined DK in 2011 and has sold a great number of exceptional vehicles since then as well as helping to build a number of collections from scratch in his role as Acquisition Consultant. A regular competitor at the highest level of historic motorsport as well as an occasional concours judge.
In the business for the majority of his life, eldest son of David and Kate, Justin has a wealth of experience having worked across all aspects of the company. Today he oversees all operations including the workshop and logistics. An avid collector of quirky classic cars, Justin also spends one day a week managing a large collection of significant Porsches on behalf of a client.
Russell joined the DK sales department at the start of 2020 from a well-rounded background in luxury and sporting car retail. With more than 10 years experience in the field; today Russell specialises in prestige car sales as well sourcing specific cars to match complex criteria from overseas buyers.
Luke has worked behind the scenes at DK since 2018. With an extensive background in social media, photography and content strategy, today he spends much of his time researching and writing about the cars for sale. Luke continues to work tirelessly to help develop and shape DK’s world-leading brand identity.
Monique moved to the UK from South Africa armed with a law degree from Stellenbosch University. Monique has been with DK for six years, having previously run her own business she understands the importance of every aspect of the business and customer care. From accounts, HR, event management and anything else that comes along, Monique plays a key role in helping DK go from strength to strength.
As our Retail Service Advisor, Emma acts as a liaison between customers and the workshop making sure that the lines of communication remain open. With over 15 years’ experience in the prestige and high-end motor industry, Emma understands the importance of customer experience and satisfaction. She strives to build trust and strong longterm relationships with all of DK’s customers.
From the day-to-day running of our leading storage facility, to meeting all clients’ requests, Sam takes pride in offering clients the highest level of care and service for every vehicle in DK’s custody.
Rob has been a key part of DK’s team since 2002. Starting in the workshop he has gained experience throughout the business and has a fine understanding of all things mechanical helping assist clients and technicians with their every need. A petrol head through and through.
Jordan has worked within the automotive industry for nearly a decade. Concours drew him to parts where he enjoys the research and hunt for extremely rare items, never settling for something being “unavailable”. He values originality and is driven by keeping owners’ cars on the road and track, using our vast worldwide network and in-house supplies built up over the last 40 years.
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