Auto Curators was founded by Paul Townsend in early 2015. Formerly of Shine On Auto Detailing, Paul spent nearly 10 years building his first venture from the ground up, within a fledgling industry. As the business blossomed, his reputation for quality spread, and he gained extensive technical and business expertise of the detailing industry.

In early 2015, the business was ready to expand and Auto Curators Ltd was born. The business has continued to thrive, ready for the next stage of our expansion.

A life long petrol head, Paul’s love of detailing started many years before he could drive a car. Inherited from generations of engineers and craftsmen, an ability to focus on the little things that make a big difference was inevitable. As well as a love for cars, Paul has also has a history of dabbling with motorbikes and even did some motor racing in 2017. His love of vehicles continues with his young son, as seen below whilst on holiday in Scotland.

Paul Townsend

Paul Townsend, with his son, Oliver.

Running his own business was a long term dream, realised when he established Shine On Auto Detailing. Since then, Paul has been asked to travel extensively around Europe to perform his art and is proud to have worked on some of the most amazing vehicles ever produced. His portfolio of cars and clients is as varied as it is impressive, his wealth of knowledge also having been applied to boats and aircraft too.

Paul’s talents have also been recognised by the media, having worked extensively with North One Television for the Fifth Gear programme, both on screen and behind the scenes. The piece about preparing new cars, first broadcast on The Discovery Channel in 2012, can be seen below. There have also been numerous articles written for print too, in both owners club magazines, and national publications such as this one in Ride magaine.

Ride magazine article

Paul was featured in Ride magazine, detailing a special BMW motorbike.

In 2014, Paul was asked by the BBC to appear with Chris Evans at Carfest South, in front of an audience of 30000 people, and broadcast live as part of The One Show to approximately 4 million households.

Fifth Gear new car detailing feature, 2012

It is Paul’s passion, work ethic and dedication that have formed the foundations for Auto Curators, and continue to focus and drive the business forward as the team grows.

Our Founding Investors

Investors Photo


By establishing our own fully supported UK network, we believe it will confirm Auto Curators as a nationally recognised brand. The integration of a franchise network into the business will bring local knowledge and contacts, enhancing our appeal to a broad range of clients, and empowering everyone involved to build their own success stories.

In recognition of successes to date and the potential of the business opportunity, founding investment and support was secured by 4 highly successful and influential individuals:

  • Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE. 3 times British World F1 champion, founder of Stewart Grand Prix, and hugely successful businessman. Aside from his amazing achievements at the pinnacle of motorsport, Sir Jackie has capitalised on his worldwide network to work with numerous prestigious, globally recognised brands such as Rolex and Moet & Chandon.
  • Paul Stewart. A successful racing driver, Paul raced for his own team, Paul Stewart Racing, before concentrating on management. He guided his F3 team to multiple championship wins before going on to run Stewart Grand Prix with his father, campaigning in Formula 1 until Jaguar purchased the team.
  • Mayank Patel, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Azibo Group, Mayank has achieved success on 5 continents in financial services, having sold his company Currencies Direct to Palamon Capital Partners and Corsair Capital for over £200 million, in late 2015. A member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), Mayank has won awards to include Entrepreneur of the Year, and his services to entrepreneurialism and mentoring earned him his OBE at the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Andrew Bailey. Founder of the Bailey Group, an active investor and founder of ABRS Smart Recruitment Search (now Tec-Partners), concentrating on Future Media and Technology. Andrew is a YPO board member, and mentor to several up and coming entrepreneurs. Many years of experience dealing with fast moving, competitive environments has given him enviable talent for assessing an exciting opportunity and planning the best strategy to move forward.

The input from these four individuals is invaluable. Sir Jackie, and Paul Stewart, as brand ambassadors, are very selective in the brands to which they align themselves with. Andrew Bailey and Mayank Patel have both built successful businesses from scratch, and are ideally suited to help Auto Curators and its forthcoming franchisees realise their best potential.