Warwick started in the auto body repair business in the early ’80s as a seller of auto body repair equipment. In that role, and because Warwick was a “people” person, he got to know most shop owners in the state.
Later, in 1989, he was able to acquire a shop in Palmdale, CA, which became Precision Auto Body – and then later joined the CARSTAR franchise.
Warwick was past state president of the California Autobody Association (2001) and strongly believed that education and licensing/certification were going to be two big problems in the future.
He became an I-CAR instructor to promote education and joined Assured Performance (before certification programs) because he believed the industry needed standards.
In his spare time, Warwick raced vintage Formula race cars alongside his son, Alan. He was thrilled that his 14-year-old granddaughter also seemed to be following in the family footsteps when she was recently taught how to drive a stick shift race car.
Warwick's infectious personality and big smile will be missed by all that knew him.
Warwick’s family plans to take him home to New Zealand for private services.