Stephen Murphy is our general manager. At a young age, Stephen taught himself to build flying model airplanes and motorcycle repair in between the thrills of sailing, surfing, and skateboarding in his native Basque Country. He received formal technical training in high school and graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Spanish with Applied Computing. He speaks English, Spanish, French, and Basque. After following his wife Liz stateside and choosing auto restoration as a career path, he obtained a diploma in Automotive Collision Repair from Kirkwood Community College, Iowa, eventually settling in Chicago and working for respected restorer George Kovanda, of Chicago Restorations fame. Stephen is an ASE™ certified automotive repair technician and ASE™ master collision repair technician. He is a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America and of the Chicago Art Deco Society. He serves on the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Historic Vehicle Standards Committee and is an Ambassador for the RPM Foundation. His innate curiosity feeds his interest in history and both new and old technologies. His ongoing education has taught him the value of conscientious research and tenacity. He enjoys travelling and is a keen photographer. His favorite sports are cycling, surfing, skateboarding, martial arts, soccer and tennis. Stephen joined Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage in 2007.
Mark Hooper is our master mechanic. Mark is an ASE™ certified mechanic, in addition to being a Porsche and Bosch Certified Technician. Mark has cars in his blood, as his father, Doug Hooper, was a successful Corvette racer and preparer in the late 50’s and early 60’s, beating the Shelby Cobra in its first competition appearance by winning the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix Three Hour Enduro of 1962. Mark is an animal lover and lives with his wife Cathy and their two dogs and three cats.
Mark with Tucker #1008.
John McPartlin is our head Machinist and Mechanic and has over 25 years of experience working on race motors. John got his start working for Young’s Auto Supply where he became a Journeyman Machinist. He then worked as an engine builder and was the Cylinder Head and Engine Dyno Specialist for Ron Neal’s Prototype Engineering, building race engines for NASCAR, IMSA, and SCCA GT1 cars. John left Prototype Engineering in 1986 to work for Al Kulwicki at NASCAR until Al’s death in 1993. John is a retired Drag and Stock Car racer and is an avid boater. He has a strong connection to Raceway Park race track in Blue Island from his racing days and he keeps in touch with many of the racers and fans he met there.
Catherine Litaker is our Office Administrator. She grew up going to old car shows with her family in Southern California and now runs the CVMC office. Highly professional, she will make sure a customer’s last minute request is fulfilled, an urgent parts order from the technical staff is placed in time, and she does it all with charm. If that were not enough, she is also a professional Harpist and performs regularly in the Chicago area and throughout the world.
Thomas Gales is our painter. He earned a diploma in collision repair at Lincoln College of Technology to turn his lifelong passion for cars and car finishes into a profession. He is our connection to the car-based reality-TV shows–he watches them all!
Harold Santamaría is a Master A.S.E. certified/L1 Automotive Technician and a Professor of Automotive Technology at Harry S. Truman College. He serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the Extended Campus Automotive Technology Program. Harold is an alumnus of Triton College, DePaul University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and holds degrees in Automotive Technology, Career and Technical Education, and Human Resource Education: Community College Teaching and Learning. Harold participates on numerous educational Advisory Boards throughout the Chicagoland area, and is an Evaluation Team Leader for the National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (N.A.T.E.F.). Harold also serves as a Eucharistic Minister at his home parish, St. Cornelius Church.
Jorge Acosta is a student at Harry S. Truman College working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Technology. Jorge has a passion for car restoration and preservation and hopes to turn his apprenticeship at CVMC into a career as an Automotive Restoration Specialist.
Jesus Santoyo obtained an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from Harry S. Truman College and is now earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Auto Tech from the same institution. He wants to become a master technician and open his own shop. Jesus also has a great hook in his bowling technique.