All about John
Mangles was born and raised in St Louis. He
worked his way through South County Tech School and apprenticed with several
different body shops. He worked for 18 years in the automotive body repair
industry before starting his own business – Hi Tech Collision Repair - in
1986. Initially, John mainly
performed collision repair work on modern cars, but after buying and restoring
his first MG – a 1965 MGB – he was instantly hooked. Gradually, over the years he began to work on more and more
MG’s and less and less on modern cars as people saw the great work that he had
performed on his award winning 1960 British Racing Green MGA as well as other
cars. Over the years, many of
John’s restorations for customers have won national, regional, and local
awards at various British car shows around the country.
the MG Centre closed in St Louis, John started to take on more mechanical work
for MG and other British cars since there wasn’t really another place in town
that he felt could refer his customers. These
days, John has made a complete reversal in that he only works on MG’s as well
as other British cars and has gotten out of the collision repair business.
Besides the full range of mechanical work, John provides a complete body
restoration service including rust or accident repairs, paintwork, and
interiors. He is also fast becoming
a specialist in MGB V8 conversions having now worked on three conversions and
about to begin a forth. On his
first MGB V8 conversion project, he worked with the Father of the MGB V8 – Ken
Costello – who was staying in St Louis with a friend at the time and worked
extensively with John on what was probably the first commercial V8 conversion
project performed in the area.
MG’s filling John’s professional life, they are his chief hobby as well.
John has been a member of the MG Club of St Louis since 1989 and has
served in the past as Chairman, Secretary, and the MGA Register.
His technical seminars that he holds each winter for the members of the
St Louis club are always well attended. He
also has handled the registration for the local British Car Show since 1995 and
handled the registration for the MG 2003 convention.
He has been a member of NAMGAR since 1990 and NAMGBR (He has always made
the North American MGB Register’s Service Recommendation List) since 1992.
He has competed in all but one of the Missouri Endurance Rallies, did the
2002 Lap of Lake Michigan, and has tried his hand at autocrossing his MG’s.
March of 2003, John met in Grand Rapids, Michigan with other business owners,
club reps, magazine publishers, and parts providers to help form the British
Motor Trade Association. He is a
charter member of the organization that was created to improve the standard of
service and quality of parts provided to the owners and enthusiasts of British
has a son Keith who is a guitar fanatic and plays with a local band.
In 1999, John met the love of his life Carol.
A true lover of adventure, Carol has jumped right into the MG scene and
has already gotten 4 endurance rallies under her belt.
In June of 2001, John and Carol were married.
One of her first birthday presents to John after their wedding was a 1973
MGB named “Ruby”. Another
passion they share is their newfound interest in fostering recently retired
racing greyhounds. So far, they
have permanently adopted two – Zoë and Cloë – and are learning more about
the dogs daily.