I started John Shinton Models about 20 years ago following some time as the
wind tunnel model maker for Tom Walkinshaw Racing on the Jaguar Team.
Working with Ross Brawn, I produced the 1/4th scale models
for the Jaguar XJR 14, that went on to win the World Sportscar Championship.
I also did some development work on the Jaguar XJR 12 for the Le Mans
24 hour race, that also proved a winner that year. This followed 22 years
as a Pattern Maker, learning the trade from my Dad in Wolverhampton.
I started as a professional model maker with a range of Land Speed Record
cars in 1/43rd scale, selling them as kits and hand built models,
and then went on to a range of Historic Grand Prix cars, also as 1/43rd
scale kits or hand built models. My last 1/43rd scale model
was the Thrust SSC that set the first Supersonic Land Speed Record.
I was then commissioned to produce a series of 1/8th scale
models of the Austin Healey 100, including the 100M and the 100S, for
Charles Matthews of Triple M. Most of the models built have been customised
replicas of the clients own cars.
Along the way I have done many
one-off promotional models for sponsors and advertising, of both cars
and boats. I am always available for commissions for a "one-off"
or a series of any subject in any scale. I was involved for some
time with Quicksilver. A jet powered boat project to attempt to break
the World Water Speed Record. I did a lot of the wind-tunnel and test
tank work on the boat, and now produce 1/20th scale model for
sponsors and collectors.
Over the years I have made models
for Sir Jack Brabham, John Watson, Jackie Oliver, Lord Hesketh, Gina Campbell,
Tom Green and Murray Walker.
Apart from my own products, I have produced master patterns and artwork
for other manufacturers, such as 'Grand Prix Mobilia, 'Javan Smith' and
At the moment my 1/8th scale production includes the Lola T-70
Mk3B, Chevron B8, Lotus 62 and Austin Healey 100M and 100S.
I am currently working on new Chevron models. As with other models, these will be
available to order in the colours of your choice or as a replica of the
client's own car with the colour scheme and advertising logos of their
This will be followed by tfurther Chevron's and Chaparral 2F.
We have also played with full sized racing cars in the past. I have raced
Formula Ford and Formula 1300, and we have run my son Jody in an Autograss
Mini as a 16year old in Junior Class.