What is Proper Noise?

The positive click of a correctly aligned door latch. The reassuring tick from a healthy fuel pump. A whirring starter motor awakening a well-tuned engine with a bark. A rhythmic idle originating from balanced carburetors and ignition, that transforms into a combined wail of gears, induction, and combustion.
This is Proper Noise.
We focus on delivering the visceral motoring experience that only a vintage car can evoke.

After 12 years developing his skills at some of the best shops in the region, Ed Sweeney returned to Reading to continue that tradition of craftsmanship.

Meet our Team

Head of Sales

Ed Sweeney

Owner

I specialize in pre- and post-war European sports and touring cars, from the early days of motoring to the fast and powerful machines of the 1960's. Making them perform as intended by the original designers and engineers is the ultimate goal.

 

Besides owning and maintaining my own vintage cars, I have been working in the trade for 12 years. Six years were spent at Motorcar Garage, a high volume British car shop, perfecting a method for quickly evaluating and correcting problems in all mechanical systems. I then took this process and applied it for the next six years at Leydon Restorations. Primarily an engine restoration shop, my experience allowed the business to re-establish itself as an equally successful full service garage. There I had the opportunity to work on Ferrari, Maserati, Talbot-Lago, Mercedes-Benz, and Alfa Romeo to name a few. It has been a privilege to exercise the precision and care necessary to keep vehicles of this caliber working properly.

Head of Sales

Allen Witman

Vintage Car Mechanic

I'm just a guy into cars for too many years to count (including 30 years restoring British cars full-time). An interest, no doubt instilled by my father, and reinforced by many years of helping out in my friend's dad's garage fixing up oodles of tri-5 Chevys and anything he could get his hands on. High test runs through my veins, even at today's high prices!

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Joel Brower

Vintage Car Mechanic

Joel Brower brings a diverse background of automotive experience to the shop. He has spun wrenches as a dealership tech, and built many custom trucks and hot rods over the years. His current personal project is a Volvo 122S Wagon.

Head of Sales

Ned Sweeney

Machinist/R&D

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Head of Sales

Melissa Sweeney

Co-Owner, Business Manager

Melissa co-owns the business with her husband, Ed. Her background is in Marketing and Business Development, but she manages all details of the business - big, small, and everything in between. She believes there is no problem an excel spreadsheet can't fix! In her free time she enjoys spending time with her daughters, cooking, and reading. She looks forward to one day owning a white MGA convertible.