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Contents Official Publication of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland Head Office Building 8, 2728 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113 P.O. Box 4530, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113 Tel: 07 3237 8777 Fax: 07 3844 4488 Toll Free: 1800 177 951 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mtaq.com.au Editor Bill Key Art Director Marco Ilinic Industrial Relations Ted Kowalski Michelle Chadburn Policy Kellie Dewar, General Manager MTA Queensland Advertising Enquiries Bill Key Mobile: 0421 057 094 Facsimile: 07 3844 4488 Email: email@example.com Editorial Editorial submissions are welcomed but cannot be guaranteed placement. For more information telephone the Editor 07 3237 8777 Subscription Rates (including GST) Australia: $72.60 annually Overseas: $110 annually Motor Trader Publishing Policy Motor Trader is the official publication of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland. The role of Motor Trader is to inform members of current issues and legislation affecting the industry. As such it can be regarded as the business magazine for the Queensland motor industry. The role of Motor Trader is not to be in competition with the technical magazines already on the market. It will advise of new vehicles being released and of the latest technology incorporated into them; it will advise of latest technology affecting members in each of the MTA Queensland Divisions; it will keep members abreast of the latest in motor industry training and industrial affairs; and it will keep members informed of the latest technical aids available through MTA Queensland Member Services, which will assist members in staying ahead of the technological revolution presently being encountered within the motor industry. The publisher reserves the right to omit or alter any advertisement and the advertiser agrees to indemnify the publisher for all damages or liabilities arising from the published material.
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16 Members' Classic
LADY IN RED: Triumph GT6 MkII
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INDUSTRY GOES ON SHOW IN SYDNEY
CHARITY BALL KEEPS ROLLING ON
CAYMAN TAKES CENTRE STAGE
07 MTA Q&A SUSAN BUTLER
Feature 10 GRAND DESIGNS: Marek Reichman,
Director of Design for Aston Martin
13 Road Test
Tough customer: Audi RS5
SWIFT IS A QLD FAVOURITE
19 Training matters 23 Industrial relations 24 Member matters 26 Member profiles 28 Travel tropical escape: Magnetic Island
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From the editor
Bill Key Editor
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elcome to May’s edition of Motor Trader magazine. As I promised last month, you will find this edition full of great reads, new sections, up-to-date news and all the industry information members have come to expect from MT, all packaged in a stylish, new, easy-to-read look. Our cover story is an interview with the man responsible for some of the most beautiful cars in the world. Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman took time out to speak to me while he was in Australia recently. Continuing the theme of beautiful cars, on Page 16 we have launched a new section called Members Classic. Every month we will feature a classic car owned by an MTAQ member. It could be a sixties sportscar like my own Triumph GT6 featured this month, a hot rod, an American muscle car, or an Aussie classic. I’m not biased, so if you have a pride and joy sitting in the garage that you want to share with other members, give me a call or drop me an email. Depending on location I can come out and interview you and set up a photo shoot, or we can talk over the phone and you can supply some of your own hi-resolution photos. Either way your car will grace the pages of Motor Trader for all to see. From classic to modern, we road test the awesome Audi RS5 on Page 13 and have the latest news from the recent Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo on Page 6. Motorsport fans have not been forgotten and with the V8 Supercars heading to the US for the first time this month we investigate the difference between Aussie Supercars and
American NASCARS, with James Courtney and Kurt Busch. There is also a must have calendar of the big motorsport events coming up in the next few weeks on Page 31. It’s not all motors and on Page 28 read about Queensland’s very own tropical getaway. Just 30-minutes off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island is one of the most accessible islands in Australia, and the perfect place to relax and unwind on a short break. All the latest in the world of MTAQ members is addressed with General Manager Kellie Dewar’s policy report on Page 4. With the Federal Budget looming and an election not long after that, Kellie looks at the state of the economy and reports on some key issues facing members in the months ahead. It is also a somber edition with a memorial on Page 25 to former MTAQ Executive Director, Tony Selmes who passed away last month after a short battle with illness. Industrial Relations, Training, Member Profiles and Divisional News are now packaged in an area called Members Essentials, starting on Page 19 it also showcases some of the latest students to graduate from the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence in several different fields. I hope you enjoy your new Motor Trader, and I ask all of you, don’t hesitate in contacting me or your divisional executives, Ben, Cameron and Andy if you have a story you think is worth telling, want to appear in Members’ Profiles or have a car you want featured in Members Classics, it’s your magazine, be a part of it. Have a great month, Bill Key firstname.lastname@example.org
And the winner is
Congratulations to Bert Shenko. Bert is the lucky winner of last month’s Motor Trader competition and picks up the Maxi-Cosi Goliath Convertible Booster seat valued at $349. The Goliath is a top-ofthe-range product, which converts to suit children from 6-months up to 8-years-old.
MTA Queensland will host a President's Ball for members in Brisbane on November 23, 2013. The special black-tie event will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane. Tickets will go on sale soon and will be at a special member's price of only $75.
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Kellie Dewar General Manager MTA Queensland
t has been a busy start to the year with a number of policy submissions due in the lead-up to the Federal election planned for September. In the meantime, our focus has turned to the content of the May 14, 2013-14 Federal Budget. We know some key facts. The budget surplus has been abandoned in the coming years, there are large revenue shortfalls, cuts to spending and programs are underway, new revenue raising measures are being considered such as higher taxes and additional levies and a range of savings are being considered to fund key policies such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Plan for School Improvement. In our Federal Budget submission we focused on training and education, the burdensome industrial relations system, skills shortages, red tape and the cost of doing business. We supported the continuation of current business tax breaks including the loss carry-back and the increase to the instant asset write off threshold initiatives. Additionally we sought changes to the Luxury Car Tax and the Fringe Benefits Tax, but with the straitened fiscal circumstances we should not expect any relief in the medium term. I will provide an update on the Budget and its impact on automotive in the next issue of Motor Trader.
ACCI’s April survey of Investor Confidence indicated that business trading confidence is showing tentative 4 | Motor Trader May 2013
signs of recovering with most indicators remaining in the negative threshold. This tentative confidence was echoed in the Reserve Bank Board Minutes which reported that growth of consumption had increased over recent months. The minutes also noted that “motor vehicle sales had remained high, though they had fallen a little from their recent peak.” Sales of New Motor Vehicles in Queensland in March were encouraging. New vehicle sales numbered 20,501, which equates to an increase of 1.9 per cent. New car sales continue to be led by small vehicles. Purchases by government department and authorities continue to decline.
Light vehicle inspection fees
I’ve received a response from Minister Scott Emerson’s Office regarding representations we made with the RACQ supporting the deregulation of safety inspection fees. Minister Emerson has advised that following a review by the Department, the Government has decided that there should be no change to the existing fee structure. This decision was attributed to the Government’s commitment to reduce costs of living pressures. This is a disappointing outcome. We have consistently advocated the deregulation of fees for Safety Inspections to ensure vehicle checks are comprehensive. Studies conducted by the RACQ and MTAQ confirm the current ‘regulated fee of $66.55 to purchase a Safety Certificate is inadequate compensation for a
comprehensive check that typically takes more than one hour, according to established best practice. (Typical rates for mechanical repairs are now around $100 per hour.) Experience from Victoria where fees were deregulated 12 years ago, shows that consumers have not been disadvantaged by the change. The reality is that charges have been maintained at more realistic levels as a result of open competition. I intend to follow this up in our next discussion with the Minister’s Office.
The Productivity Commission is undertaking a 9-month benchmarking study into regulators’ engagement with small business. Regulators in the study include: The Fair Work Ombudsman, Fair Work Australia, Local Government health inspectors, safety inspectors, liquor licensing, development approval agencies, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission, the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, transport regulators and others specific to business or industry. A survey has been set up for small business to share their views and report on their interactions with the above regulators. I would encourage Members to participate in this survey as it is a valuable opportunity to provide feedback on the regulations that frustrate. Access the survey at http://survey.cosboa.org.au/
Small Business Campaign
In the lead up to the federal election, small business has united for a grassroots campaign “to change the attitudes and actions of politicians and governments and to show them that, together, small business is too big to ignore.” The campaign is about securing real commitment from election candidates to be followed by action in Government and reform in areas of government imposed costs and red-tape, employment regulations, tax compliance and infrastructure. The ‘Too Big to Ignore’ campaign is supported by Chambers of Commerce
and Industry across Australia. This campaign will feature press, radio, television advertising and activities and events in metropolitan and regional Australia. Find out more at www.toobigtoignore.org.au
Free online education for small business
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final decision to authorise a national Tyre Stewardship Scheme for five years. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the amount of used tyres entering landfill, being illegally dumped or exported overseas. The Australian Tyre Industry Council (ATIC) applied for authorisation of the proposed scheme, which will be administered by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA). Broadly, all participants in the scheme will be required to commit to contribute to the environmentally sound use of end-of-life tyres, elimination of the inappropriate export of baled tyres from Australia, elimination of the illegal dumping of end-of-life tyres and elimination of the disposal of end-of-life tyres to landfill.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a free online education program for small businesses. The program is designed to help small business to learn about their rights and obligations under Australian competition and consumer laws. The program is available at www.ccaeducationprograms.org.
Motor Vehicle Use – some interesting statistics
Some interesting statistics about how motor vehicles are used came across my desk this week. According to the ABS, in 2012 Australian motor vehicles travelled 232.4 billion kilometres; enough to travel the circumference of the earth about 5.8 million times. The number of registered vehicles in 2012 increased to 16.6 million from 16 million registered in 2010. Approximately eight out of 10 vehicles were passenger vehicles, accounting for 72 per cent of the total distance travelled. One third of all kilometres travelled was for business purposes and travelling to and from work accounted for just under a quarter. The highest component of all travel was within capital cities with 53% for this purpose. Unsurprisingly, articulated trucks were the biggest movers, travelling an average of 83,000 kilometres, which is over six times further than passenger vehicles. That’s all for this month and take care.
ACCC approves Tyre Program
It also involves a levy of $0.25 per passenger car tyre equivalent being imposed on tyre importers to fund the operation of the scheme. Among other things, levy funds will be used by the scheme’s administrator to fund research and development activities for tyre-derived products. The ACCC believes the success of the scheme will ultimately depend on its effective administration. Therefore, it has imposed conditions of authorisation in order to ensure robust and transparent annual reporting by the Board of TSA and an independent review of the scheme will occur. It is important that the scheme delivers tangible benefits. More information about this application for authorisation and the ACCC’s decision will be available at www.accc.gov.au/ AuthorisationsRegister.
Automotive Skills Queensland
Did you know the Queensland Government has classified automotive as a priority industry? In order to support the attraction, retention and further development of automotive specialists, the Government funds Automotive Skills Queensland, a not-for-profit industry skills council specifically established to service the automotive sector. Automotive Skills Queensland provides market analysis and statistics to Government on the workforce characteristics of the Queensland automotive industry to aid in decisionmaking. ASQ also provides a range of consultation opportunities for technicians and managers to have their
say on issues that matter in the industry. Automotive Skills Queensland is also available to help you. Contact ASQ for advice and support on: • Workforce planning • How to attract apprentices, trainees and operational staff • How to retain staff • Attracting and supporting diversity in your workplace. This includes women, indigenous, mature-aged and disabled • Government Liaison on matters that affect you and your workforce • Preparing tenders. Further details and a range of free resources are available at the ASQ website www.asqld.org.au. May 2013 Motor Trader | 5
INDUSTRY GOES ON SHOW IN SYDNEY Aftermarket and Collision Repair share centre stage at expo.
ith 367 exhibitors representing 30 countries the Australian automotive industry enjoyed its biggest show of the year with the AAA expo and adjacent Collision Repair expo occupying over five acres at the Sydney Exhibition Centre last month and attracting almost 8000 trade and industry visitors. Hosted by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) the expo’s success was attributed to the high caliber of stand designs, number and quality of trade visitors, a comprehensive seminar program and an Awards to Industry Banquet featuring Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as special guest speaker, said AAAA Executive Director Stuart Charity. This year, 39 awards were presented in a range of categories including excellence in product innovation, media, manufacturing, export, marketing, Young Achiever, Outstanding Service to Industry and inductees into the AAAA Hall of Fame. “The Awards to Industry Banquet 6 | Motor Trader May 2013
is a biennial event to recognise the achievements of the industry's high performing people and businesses," said Stuart Charity. "Given the upcoming Federal election and the range of issues challenging the automotive aftermarket, it was appropriate to share this special gathering with some potential future government policy makers. In addition to Tony Abbott, Shadow Minister for Innovation Industry and Science the Hon Sophie Mirabella MP and Senator Scott Ryan, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Fair Competition attended the evening. In a spirited address, Tony Abbott acknowledged that the automotive industry is far larger than just the three local car manufacturers and recognised the automotive aftermarket’s critical role in maintaining the national car fleet as well as the contribution it makes to the economy. Tony Abbott went on to say that he fully accepts that, at least in the
foreseeable future, there will be a role for government in providing specific support for car manufacturing in this country, but that in return for this support, the industry must do what it can to ensure Australian produced cars are being marketed to the world. While the opportunity to see and experience displays of the latest vehicle service and repair equipment, tools, replacement parts and accessories was the key reason workshop managers and owners flocked to the Expo, the special seminar program also proved popular featuring hot topics such as equitable access to technical and diagnostic information for the aftermarket, how to compete against the OE dealer with technology, aftermarket retailing - evolution not revolution, online retailing, and common technical faults and fixes. Marcello Riotto, MTA Institute of Technology’s senior trainer was at the seminars and agreed that they were a valuable source of information. “It’s very difficult these days for aftermarket repairers to find out all the information required as the OEM keep their cards close to their chests,” said Marcello. “The seminars were a great way to source the latest technical knowledge, and MIT is looking at using a new website, vehiclevisuals.com that was featured at the expo, for potential training purposes in the future.” The expo continued to be the nation’s most comprehensive exhibition of vehicle repair and servicing equipment, replacement parts, tools and accessories. Australian and international brands were on display with a very large contingent from China, Taiwan and Thailand looking to expand into the Australian parts landscape.
CHARITY BALL KEEPS ROLLING ON
More than 540 people gathered at the RACV Royal Pines Resort last month for the annual Bruce Lynton Charity Ball. Now in it’s 13th year the black tie event has raised in excess of $1.3m and is a highlight on the Gold Coast social calendar supporting the needs of Cancer Council Queensland, Guide Dogs Queensland, Surf Lifesaving and Youngcare, and it is estimated that his year will add about another $90,000 to the local charities. Guests partied in the Resort’s Grand Ballroom until 1am with entertainment provided by local band The Accidents. Special headline acts Dale Ryder, front man of Boom Crash Opera and Jason Singh lead singer and songwriter for
ARIA award winners Taxiride had the whole room dancing and singing along to all their favorites. Beric Lynton took the opportunity during his speech to announce some latest developments for the Group with the new Chery and Ssangyong dealerships joining the group and a bodyshop for repair work. "The Bruce Lynton Charity Ball and Golf Day's sole aims are to continue the support of our local charities and remember the important work they also do," Mr Lynton said. "Over the past few years we have received fantastic support from local and interstate businesses through the donation of silent and grand auction items to our ball and this year is no exception. "Similarly, we had an outstanding response to this year's Charity Golf Day, which we are proud to announce filled to capacity."
Photo courtesy of Ocean Road Magazine.
MAZDA AWARDS MEMBERS
CAYMAN under the spotlight
About 140 VIP guests gathered at Porsche Centre Gold Coast last month for the launch of the German marque’s updated mid-engined sportscar, the Cayman. Dealer Principal Susan Butler hosted another stellar event with the night including great food and wine, fashion parades and DJs, giving it a very edgy urban feel, befitting of the latest addition to the stable. The new Cayman is equipped with a completely newly developed 2.7-litre boxer engine and the Cayman S is driven by a 3.4-litre variant, both of which are tuned for sporty driving. Both engines feature direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus.
Power is transmitted to the wheels by a smooth 6-speed manual gearbox or the optional 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). Like it’s stablemate, the Boxster, the new Cayman has a more aggressive style than it’s predecessor. A more powerful looking front with restyled headlights inspired by Porche's racing pedigree from the 60s and 70s leads into a profile dominated by large air intakes and ends at the rear with a wing sculptured into the tail lights that deploys automatically at 120kmh. Most importantly for Susan and her team the guests all seemed suitably impressed. “The new Cayman is definitely a driver’s car and will appeal to driving enthusiasts, looking for a stylish sportscar that has performance to match it’s looks,” said Miss Butler.
Mazda Australia has recognized two MTAQ members at the prestigious Mazda Master Dealer awards. Key Motors in Townsville has claimed the award for the tenth year in a row and Toowoomba’s Wippells Autos picked up the gong for the 19th straight year. The annual Mazda Master Dealer Awards recognise dealers for their exceptional performance throughout the past year in a number of key areas, including customer satisfaction, dealership facilities, achievement of business targets and compliance with Mazda business standards. The awards criteria are designed to drive the highest possible dealer standards and to ensure that Mazda customers experience the best possible levels of service. Mazda Australia managing director Doug Dickson said: “These awards allow us to recognise those in our dealer network that strive for excellence and best business practices, and is our way of supporting those who help us achieve outstanding results year-on-year.” Nationally, Mazda took No.1 position across the light and small car segments in February, and its Mazda3 was once again the country's most popular vehicle. May 2013 Motor Trader | 7
Q &A MTA
Susan Butler has been Dealer Principal at Porsche Centre Gold Coast for nearly two and a half years after leaving her hometown of Melbourne. MT: What made you want to get into the motor industry, and how did you start your career. SB: I didnâ€™t actually set out to join the motor industry, I sort of fell into it. I had completed two degrees at university, Behavioral Sciences and Business Management and was looking for a graduate position. BMW was advertising for graduates, so I applied expecting to go into HR or training and development. It was actually a program that saw you spend 18 months in the showroom. At first I wasnâ€™t very happy to be selling cars, but I decided to give it a go, and was working at BMW Melbourne at Southbank, their flagship dealership, and I discovered that I 8 | Motor Trader May 2013
loved it. I was one of those sales consultants who gets the adrenaline rush, I found I wasn’t motivated by the commission, I was motivated by the recognition, and at the end of the 18 months I couldn’t think of an industry I would prefer to work in. I worked successfully in sales for four years, and right from day one I recognised the potential of long term customer relationships and repeat referral business. The very first car I sold I followed up with the owners religiously, and did all the things that we say we should do, rang them every six months, sent them Christmas cards and made them coffee when they came in for a service, I built relationships. I always say, ‘people buy from people, not buildings’. MT: You’ve come from Melbourne, was it difficult to get used to the Queensland way, and is there any difference? SB: The people are more relaxed up here, maybe that’s because there’s more sunshine, less traffic and smaller queues, and I had to adapt to that pace. But in terms of selling cars and the purchasing process, there is no difference. People still have that same expectation of how they want to be treated and the follow up is all the same, so in essence there is no difference, it’s just a little bit more casual and laid back in the approach. MT: How important is the Queensland market to Porsche? SB: Extremely important. Queensland is a very strong market, and although Porsche also has a dealership in Brisbane, there is very little crossover between the two. With the population here it is important to have a dealership on the Coast that not only sells the car but is also a good service centre. It is also an area that has a lot of potential, especially when the economy picks up.
“Porsche is a
company that never suffers from "branddrifting" – you always know what it stands for and what you are getting when you buy one of our cars – a driving experience that is unparalleled, uncompromising and pure Porsche”
MT: On that point, are there any plans for the future? SB: Absolutely, we are in discussions with Porsche at the moment to undergo a facility upgrade in line with Porsche’s national plan to double its volume over the next five to six years, it’s envisaged that this dealership will be aligned to that initiative and timeframe. We need to ensure that our business can manage the additional flow in a manner that ensures we are still delivering a premium experience to our customers. MT: What does the Porsche brand mean to you? SB: I’m very passionate about the brand and one of its major strengths is its heritage, a lot of Porsche owners identify with it, particularly the sports car owners. They love the rich motorsport heritage, the race-bred engineering, and the fact that so much of the technology developed in racing is now in the cars. On top of this, the Porsche brand and its core values are at the heart of the success of the company – Porsche is a company that never suffers from “brand-drifting” – you always know what it stands for and what you are getting when you buy one of our cars – a driving experience that is unparalleled, uncompromising and pure Porsche.
MT: You recently launched the new Cayman, who is that targeting? SB: Driving enthusiasts, someone who likes driving and people that enjoy performance and handling. It’s very stylish, so people who like to be noticed and like the thrill of the drive. It is also the perfect car for those people who have an SUV but want that smaller, more fun weekend car, and there will be a number of owners of other marques that the Cayman will appeal to. MT: The Carrera Cup coming back must be a huge boost for the brand in Australia. SB: Yes, absolutely. We actively support Carrera Cup through our sponsorship of the Gold Coast-based McElrea Racing team, and we have built a strong relationship with them. It’s great for marketing, we do drive days and tours of the garage with him also. MT: When you’re not working, what do you like to do? SB: I love running with my dog, Summer, and spending as much time as I can with my little 4-year-old girl, Indiana. I also love writing; I’m a closet writer. I have just finished a book and my goal this year is to get it published. It’s about working and surviving long term in the car industry and it’s called, Life is Not a Test Drive. It’s motivational, anecdotal, and educational. (I hope!) I wrote it because over the years so many people I have employed have asked me what they should read to get knowledge of the car industry, I wrote it to contribute to the rather modest store of knowledge currently available that is esoteric to the car industry and the selling of cars. MT: Finally, what’s your favorite Porsche? SB: The 911 C4S… at the moment! But I suspect it will be the Turbo when it arrives…. May 2013 Motor Trader | 9
GRAND DESIGNS As the man responsible for some of the most iconic motoring designs of the present day, Marek Reichman is a man at the pinnacle of his chosen field and loving every minute of it. WORDS BILL KEY / PHOTO COURTESY GOLD COAST BULLETIN 10 | Motor Trader May 2013
Left Marek Reichman, Director of Design for Aston Martin.
“The brief was to make an Aston Martin Supercar. It had to embody all the feeling, emotion and drama that Aston Martin stands for, but above all it has to be incredibly beautiful, and must have the perfect proportions in respect to the golden ratio, it has to be distinctive and have a body language that showed the process of how it is made,” said Reichman. “We wanted to make a piece of automotive art, a sculpture that appears to move each time the light changes.” After studying industrial design in the Northern English city of Newcastle, Reichman took up vehicle design at the Royal College of Art in London. Starting his career in 1991 with Rover, he has designed for BMW, Range Rover, Ford and Rolls Royce and in 2005 became director of design for Aston Martin.
“I have a fantastic team at
Aston Martin, it’s like being the conductor of an orchestra, I have excellent people working with me to create the ultimate product, and when they all come together properly it is like beautiful music”
ith an automotive design portfolio that includes Aston Martin’s One-77, DBS, Rapide, Zagato and the new Vanquish, the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lincoln MKX and Navicross Concept Cars and Range Rover, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman is a leader in the styling and shaping of the cars for the future. I sat down with Marek recently when he was on the Gold Coast for the national unveiling of the One-77 at Palazzo Versace and when I asked him to explain the philosophy behind the stunning supercar, I was treated to an explanation delivered in a passionate and intelligent manner by a man who has found his work Nirvana.
Reichman starts all his designs in the traditional way, with pen and paper, embracing the tactile nature of it, getting the lightness or heaviness of touch, which he says is so important in expressing an idea and thought. As design director he is in charge of all the aesthetics and the golden ratio he refers to is the rule used by artists and architects throughout history to create the most aesthetically pleasing proportions, it is also naturally found in some of the most beautiful plants, shells, patterns and insects on earth. In any automotive design process there is an element of creativity versus technology, and in the case of Aston Martin, Reichman says he is blessed to have a stellar relationship with his counterpart in product development, so much so that the finished One-77 varies very little from the original sketch. “We all work together to deliver the sketch, a designer wants to leap to the end product as soon as possible with very few changes, and an engineer looks at all the variables and takes smaller more deliberate steps, so I will be dragging my engineer one way and he will be trying to get me to go another way and thankfully we meet somewhere in the middle and it all works.” “I have a fantastic team at Aston Martin, it’s like being the conductor of an orchestra, I have excellent people working with me to create the ultimate product, and when they all come together properly it is like beautiful music” says Reichman. May 2013 Motor Trader | 11
Above (top to bottom) Aston Martin One-77 John Lobb Driving Shoes
Below Aston Martin Vanquish
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So, is the One-77 the favourite child? “I would have to say it is close because of the amazing opportunity that the One-77 project offered, but that would be very unfair to the other children, however I think my personal favourite car is the Rapide. It is so practical and delivers in so many ways, it has beauty and elegance, and it is the car I would want to drive across Australia, America or from London to Monaco.” Reichman is an avid fan of all things automotive, owning two historic race cars, an Emeryson 500 and a T56 and regularly races Aston Martins in the British GT4 Championship, bagging three podium finishes in three races last season. “There is definitely petrol running though my veins.” Designing for Reichman is not exclusive to cars, he has collaborated with Saville Row tailor Henry Poole on designing his own three-piece tweed driving suit for the Goodwood Revival Festival, designed his own house and worked with Gold Coast jeweller John Calleija on the very special Aston Martin Jewellery collection. He has even worked with with bespoke boot maker John Lobb to design driving shoes for the famous British company. “It was a great opportunity to work with John Lobb's Creative Director Andrés Hernández who is also a petrol head. They make some of the most beautiful shoes in the world and we make the most beautiful cars, the shoe is a form of transport, and the more I thought about it, and I thought about the line and the surface language and the dynamic of the shoe, it just made a lot of sense, and I learned so much from Andrés in terms of quality of detail, it was a great experience.” “I am a designer at the end of the day, be it a car, a house or a pair of shoes, I simply love designing.”
It might be super stylish from the outside, but look closer at the Audi RS5 and you’ll see the telltale signs of a no-nonsense street fighter.
emember back in the day when you use to party hard at nightclubs, there was always that menacing looking bouncer on the door. He might have been dressed in a suit, and polite at the first introduction, but you knew if you stepped out of line, he would quickly remind you of your place and possible toss you down some stairs at the same time, all without breaking a sweat. The Audi RS5 reminds me of that bouncer. On first inspection, the RS5 gives off the usual stylish Audi appearance, very smooth, well-mannered and impeccably turned out just like its A5 coupe cousin. But look closer, this family members been working out. The huge twin elliptical exhausts and rear diffuser are the first hint of something menacing under that designer suit. The more muscly bulges over the wheel arches prove it’s been on a training regime along with the little red and black RS badges that proudly proclaim ‘look at me, I’m a bit different’. But it’s from the front that this car brings back the memories of angry bouncers. It’s a menacing sight that would fill fellow motorists' rear vision mirrors, with the giant honeycomb grille and scowling headlights peering over the front splitter, looking like the expression on said bouncer’s face when you mentioned something nasty about his mother. Don’t get me wrong, this is not an ugly car, it is handsome, impressive and a little scary, think Gerrard Butler in a cranky mood. Slide into the cockpit and the experience continues. The flat-bottomed steering wheel reminds you of Audi’s racing pedigree
and the combination of carbon fibre, brushed aluminium and leather wouldn’t be out of place in a F1 driver’s games room. But the RS5 doesn’t just talk the talk, it walks the walk. Hit the start button located on the centre console and you are treated to a sound that promises to deliver the goods. The 4.2litre V8 produces 331kW and 430Nm and coupled to the 7-speed dual clutch auto and with Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system it does the 0-100kmh dash in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250kmh (limited). Official fuel figures are 10.5l/100km, quite amazing for a V8, but don’t expect to achieve that driving around town. The handling is superb and when
you get the chance to drive it like it should be driven it rewards you handsomely. The Quattro system helps deliver a smooth power transfer to the bitumen and the brakes allow you to test the acceleration without fear, with the seven-speed box conducting lighteningfast changes. At around the $160,000 mark it is one hell of a car and in the same race paddock as a Mercedes C63 AMG or BMW M3. Have fun, but don’t disrespect it, because although it won’t throw you down stairs if you behave like an idiot, it does have the potential to give you an almighty scare, or at the very least, unlike the burley bouncer from your youth, it’s safety features will stop you doing something you might regret later. May 2013 Motor Trader | 13
SWIFT IS A FAVOURITE IN the SUNSHINE STATE Queenslanders have helped push total international sales of the Suzuki Swift past the three million milestone.
hile Queensland represents just on 20 percent of Australia’s population, the state is very much pro-Swift purchasing 29.7 percent of all Swifts sold in Australia or 27,864 of the 93,667 in total since the model’s first public release at the Brisbane International Motor Show in 2005. India has been the largest international purchasing region buying 45 percent of all Swifts produced, followed by Europe (23 percent) and Japan (13 percent). Launched as the first in a series of international strategic models, the current generation of Swift production began in Japan before expanding to facilities in Hungary, India and China. Today, the Swift is sold in more than 120 countries around the world. In doing so, it has amassed a cavalcade of awards including Australia’s Car Of The Year title. 14 | Motor Trader May 2013
currently is marketing GA, GL GLX, Extreme and Sport versions of Swift providing a very wide choice of models and price spread for our customers”
It took the Suzuki Swift just four and a half years to reach the first million sales. The next million sales were achieved in only two and a half years, with the third million stamping the model’s international popularity, by recording another million sales in exactly two years.
Suzuki Queensland General Manager, Mr Adam Le Fevre said: “The three million figure relates to the current generation of Swift released here in 2005. “But the Swift name actually dates back to April 1984 in Queensland when the Swift SA310 was released followed by a 1.3 litre version a year later, the SA413. “Queenslander’s have held a long standing respect for the Swift and the state’s proportion of overall Swift sales is clear evidence that the support has never waned. “Suzuki Queensland currently is marketing GA, GL GLX, Extreme and Sport versions of Swift providing a very wide choice of models and price spread for our customers – something that is sure to assist Swift achieve its next million international sales.”
CLASSIC STYLE FOR MODERN BEAST
Last year a new sportscar manufacturer based in the English city of Coventry unveiled an impressive looking coupe reminiscent in shape of the great sportscars from the sixties. Created by Robert Palm, founder of Swiss design firm Classic Factory, the Lyonheart K has been engineered and will be built by the Envisage Group in Coventry, well known for their expertise in building low volume series for renowned carmakers. Coventry is the original home of the British automotive industry, and Lyonheart Cars is synonymous with rare, exclusive, super luxury cars, hand-built in a limited series. Lyonheart's design philosophy is to use only genuine materials – leather,
veneer, polished stainless steel, brushed aluminium and chromed metal. Opening the traditional, fronthinged clamshell bonnet will reveal the high-tech Cosworth refined powertrain. The Cosworth 5.0 Litre Supercharged V8 delivers 575hp and 700Nm of torque. The state-of-the-art all aluminium chassis and a finely tuned multilink chassis offers superb dynamics and agility. The Lyonheart K reaches 100kph in under 4 seconds and tops 300kph (electronically limited).
The planned production of 250 cars, including Coupé and Convertible versions, will be built between December 2013 and the summer of 2015. Due to demand, the delivery time for the Lyonheart K is currently 18 to 24 months, depending on specifications and body type. Lyonheart K epitomises hightechnology and performance motoring, while capturing the essence of a centennial, British car-making tradition.
FOUR CARS IN ONE
LEXUS CABIN NAMED BEST
Lexus has upstaged its key European rivals to win a prominent award honouring the interior of its GS 450h hybrid sedan. The GS 450h cabin was named the best luxury interior in the top 10 list of best interiors by US-based automotive on-line resource WardsAuto. WardsAuto editors evaluated 46 vehicles with new or upgraded interiors during February and March and submitted score sheets, ranking each interior on several criteria. These included materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.
Toyota has broken away from traditional vehicle design and engineering to produce a visionary concept that combines four cars in one. The innovative Toyota ME.WE can be configured as a small city car, offroader, ute and convertible, making it adaptable to a wide variety of lifestyles. The five-seat electric concept car is positioned as an intelligent "no frills" response to the ecological threats posed by mass production and the growth of the global car fleet. A joint venture between Toyota and leading European industrial designer Jean-Marie Massaud, the car's name reflects a simultaneous concern for individual freedom (ME) and responsibility towards society (WE). The ME.WE uses materials that are lightweight, robust and recyclable - a tubular aluminium structure, body panels made from expanded polypropylene, and bamboo for the floor and dashboard. The rear luggage space can be extended, transforming it into a platform like that of a ute; the car can also provide the "wind-in-the-hair" experience of a cabriolet by opening all the windows, including the windscreen. Instruments are limited to a single screen above the steering wheel
that indicates vehicle speed, battery charge, trip information and navigation instructions delivered by a smart phone which is mounted below the screen and allows occupants to create their own personal environment with music and other apps, as well as controlling the cabin air temperature. Minimalist bench seats, also constructed from expanded polypropylene, can be removed and used for a picnic. Simple design is matched by ease of use: it has an electric motor in each wheel like the recently unveiled Toyota i-ROAD and its batteries are located under the floor, as with the Toyota iQ electric car. Toyota unveiled the concept car in its Paris showroom - Le Rendez-vous Toyota on the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées - rather than at a motor show, and it is part of a design exhibition. Toyota says there are no plans for the ME.WE to enter production. May 2013 Motor Trader | 15
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Triumph GT6 MkII 1969 2.5 litre, 6-cylinder 24 years
y affair with a little English raver started in 1988, I had recently returned from a year in London, had just started my career, and decided it was time to give my current model the flick and upgrade to something a little more exotic. When I first laid eyes on the 1969 Triumph GT6, I knew it was going to be the beginning of a wonderful relationship. I had always wanted an English sports car, ever since my first taste of driving, which was on a figureeight Scalextric set at the age of six. The GT6 appealed to me initially because of the uncanny resemblance to a Jaguar E-Type Jag. I couldnâ€™t hope of owning a Jag at the age of 19 but this little rocket fell right into my price range, and she had a certain mystery to her compared to the MGB I originally thought of buying. For many years I used the GT6 as my everyday car, leaving her parked overnight in Surfers Paradise after one-too-many in the nightclubs, never really worried about her welfare. That was until I came back one morning to find she had been attacked by some jealous nobody. Her door was kicked in, aerial snapped off, bonnet jumped on and brake lights smashed. The affair unfortunately was fading, she was proving to be higher maintenance than I first thought and from that fateful night on she was never left out on a Surfers street again. She became a bit of a recluse, staying in her garage while I zipped about in various boring, unattractive, but reliable cars, that got me from A to B with the minimum fuss and never got a jealous look from anyone. In 1997 I realised just what I had locked away collecting dust. Only 15,000 GT6 MkIIâ€™s were built and distributed around the world, experts believe only about 2000 still survive in England, and only a handful are in Australia. I decided it was time to bring her out and give her a face
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lift, I was a little bit older and wiser and ready to appreciate her for what she was. The first thing that got my attention was engine and gearbox. I replaced the standard 2-litre 6-cylinder with a 2.5litre from the bigger Triumph sedan and coupled it to the correct box. After improving on her performance it was time for her body. She had a great chassis with minimum rust and after a back to metal strip I chose Ferrari Red instead of the original, darker Signal red, and had all her chrome repaired and polished. After a makeover like this, she deserved a new pair of shoes. A new set of Mini-lite replicas replaced the old pressed steel rims, and completed the exterior package. Next step was a new interior, and a doe-skin colour with tan carpet, gave a classy look and the re-skinned wooden dash in Queensland Maple, was a salute to her new country. After about 18 months of work, she was reborn, it was an extreme makeover of the automobile kind, but thoroughly worth it. A few weeks later at our first public outing we won most desirable car in our class at the Macleans Bridge sports car meet and followed it up during the next couple of years with a concourse runner-up and then a concourse win at Triumph meets. It never ceases to amaze me, the looks she attracts when parked, either from the locals in Main Beach who have
plenty of eye candy on offer already, or the young kids on their push bikes around the suburbs who yell out, ‘cool car’ as you pass by. I only bring her out on the weekends now, but she never fails to get a smile on my face, as I change down the gears to hear the silky smooth roar, and watch the bonnet lift as the rear digs in, I feel like I’m 6-years-old again with my Scalextric set. She came out of the Coventry factory only a few days before I was born, and that heightens the romance attached to her. GT6s raced in both LeMans and the Monte Carlo Rally and I love the simplicity of its mechanics, no computers, just petrol, oil, a spark and lift off. My GT6 and I have shared some memorable adventures together, some funny, some sad, some rewarding and some downright frustrating. Thankfully my wife has no problems with my ‘English mistress’ and she even played a starring role in our wedding photos. It’s by no way the end of the affair, she’s tucked away in the garage now, always polished and pampered for, and taken out for a run when I feel the need for a laugh, or I simply want to show off her beauty in public.
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She might be on the wrong side of forty now, but like all true, natural beauties, she’s getting more attractive with every passing year, and she still holds her own with all those young, pumped up European and Asian models sporting too much plastic, not enough soul and probably a whole lot more high maintenance. May 2013 Motor Trader | 17
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New generation of trainees graduate from MIT.
MEMBERS ESSENTIALS Contents 19 Training matters
FROM XBOX TO THE TOOLBOX
KICK STARTING CAREERS IN REPAIR
Raising the standard
23 Industrial relations
CHANGing Times For SUPER
24 Member matters
Payday for dads
TONY SELMES, 1945-2013
26 Member profiles
Jim Chaillons Auto
hen Jake McDaniel’s mum suggested that her son was spending too much time on his Xbox, little did she realise he would come home nine weeks later with brand a new toolbox. Seventeen–year-old Jake, won the toolbox for being the No.1 student in MIT’s Automotive Prevocational Training Program (APTRAP), which had its graduation BBQ and award ceremony at the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence last month. “I really didn’t see it coming,” said Jake. “I’m definitely going to put the toolbox to good use when I start my apprenticeship.” MIT Trainer Alex Fletcher said Jake’s organisational skills, knowledge retention and technical understanding were standout attributes and helped him get the top spot, just ahead of Esperanza Escobar and Aderian Ah Sam. Jake, Esperanza and Aderian were just a part of the 23 trainees graduating from APTRAP.
The Program was designed to prepare candidates for employment in the automotive industry and help them focus on the correct path to take in a very versatile and dynamic field. Covering inspection and service, tool equipment and service operations on various types of vehicles including cars, trucks, vans, tractors and other machinery, the course is a stepping stone into automotive trades and is specifically designed for people who may be having some difficulty securing an apprenticeship in the industry. With candidates ranging in age from 16 to 36, male and female, first time job seekers and experienced workers looking for a change, it was a diverse group of people who all shared one common goal, employment within the motor trade. Aderian’s 18-year-old daughter Jazmin decided to sign up for the course after she heard her dad describing it at home. “I thought we might end up with a business called ‘Ah Sam and Daughter’, but Jazmin reckons it will be ‘Jazmin and Dad’,” said Aderian.
Alex presents Jake with his Award.
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FROM XBOX TO THE TOOLBOX
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Training matters Aderian, who is a father of nine with another due in July, decided to take part after he saw an ad for the course in his local paper, he had tried working in an office but thought it was time to follow in his own father’s footsteps and train to become a mechanic, he has already been signed up for an apprenticeship. “The future is looking really good now,” he said. Zhane Peihapa doesn’t fall into the usual mould of a budding mechanic. “ I was never really big into cars, but I wanted to learn a trade and learn new skills, and build a future for myself, and when I looked into it, the motor industry seems like one of the best trades to do that,” said Zhane. Esperanza is currently completing an engineering course and she wanted to get a more hands-on experience of mechanics to help with all the theory she was learning at university. I wanted to understand the physical aspects of mechanics and the course has helped me, and the work experience was also a great way of learning.” Tom Mead has grown up around cars all his life, and has always dreamed of working in the industry. “Dad’s always been into cars and I followed his lead, but you need to find a way to break into the industry and bridge that gap between hobby and work,” said Tom. “ And it’s a great industry to meet characters and people with similar interests as you, I’ve made some good friends doing the course.” “It also helps take time off other apprenticeships and if you have any problems, the trainers are there to answer your questions and show you the right way to do it, it really helps.” Dylan Thompson and Graeme Kirby
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left careers in the building industry to take part in the course and Dylan has already secured an apprenticeship. “ The course has helped me realise that sometimes you have to start in one area of the industry to help you progress to the area you really want to be in, and by the time you get there you are far more well-rounded as a mechanic, and it opens your eyes to all the other possibilities with the industry” said Dylan. “It is a marvelous course that combines motivation as well as skills learning,” said trainer Alex. “We try to give the students a road map to the secrets of success in the future, and part of that is persistence, persistence, persistence. “Sometimes you have to pick yourself up and just keep going, we help them understand that.” It was obvious at the BBQ that they had succeeded. All the candidates were buzzing with the excitement of a new future, some have already secured apprenticeships, and all of them have bright futures ahead. Under the Strategic Investment Fund, Automotive Skills QLD (ASQ) was able to obtain funding to support the program and hopefully that partnership can continue to the benefit of the next generation of motor trades professionals. “One of the big advantages with this program is that we continue to monitor them after they have completed the course,” said MIT business development manager Anthony Bonaccorso. “We don’t cut them loose at the end, we will help them build their network of contacts in the industry, give them advice and stand as referees for them.
“It’s not just Jake who was a winner today, you have all achieved a lot, you are winners, all of you. Your future is waiting for you, this is just the beginning,” said Anthony.
Andrew Nominated for Apprentice Award
MTAQ/MIT apprentice Andrew Clifford has been nominated for Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Qld Training Awards. Andrew always had an interest in how things worked, and saw his apprenticeship as a natural progression to his ultimate goal which is to own his own business. Helping people get back on the road in a vehicle that is safe and maintained is the one simple satisfying feeling that keeps him motivated and enthusiastic about his work. It was this type of attitude that saw him receive MIT Student of the Month, Honda State Apprentice and now, a nominee for Apprenticeship of the Year with the Queensland Training Awards in 2013. By mid-2013, Andrew, 26, will have completed his four-year apprenticeship in two years. This drive and dedication will see him ultimately become a positive force and an asset in the automotive industry in Queensland. Andrew is passionate and proud about becoming a motor mechanic and wants to send the message to others that his chosen career is both challenging and vital to the community and the wider economy. It is a career that, with dedication, can be personally fulfilling as well financially rewarding. His ultimate career ambition is to run his own business by the time he is 40, specialising in Honda and 2 or 3 other brands of vehicle.
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KICK STARTING CAREERS IN REPAIR
Eleven indigenous students have spent the past few weeks at The Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence learning some essential skills required in the paint and panel industry.
n a partnership that saw MTAQ team with Red Cross, Suncorp, Gemini Smash repairs, MSIT TAFE, Monica Mitchell Consulting and the Department of Education, Training and Employment the eleven young men are now starting two weeks work experience at five different Suncorp-aligned and recommended repairers all with the possibility of securing apprenticeships at the end of the fortnight. “There is traditionally a high attrition rate for indigenous students, but we believe that by teaching them hand-on, practical skills, with guidance and structure, the whole group gets a leg up in gaining a career and it’s a positive step forward for them all,” said MIT operations manager Paul Kulpa. And judging by the reaction of the students at the graduation BBQ Paul’s right. The whole group was excited at the prospect of the work experience and there were celebrations by many as they found out their placement employers.
“The industry needs an injection of new talent in this changing landscape, and by giving these young people the initial skills required we are giving the industry employers what they need in potential apprentices” “I always wanted to work at that panel shop,” said Caeleb Doughty, 17. “ It’s near my house and I would ride past on my bike and think that’s the place I want to work one day, and now I’ve got the chance of an apprenticeship.” Caeleb said that he absolutely loved the course and learning the technique of painting and the other training has made it just that bit easier for him to
reach his goal of being a professional panel beater and painter. 16-year-old Kallub Gilby agreed and described the program as ‘awesome’. “ I have always been keen to get into the auto trades and I might even look at doing a mechanical apprenticeship after I finish the panel,” said Kallub. “Everybody was treated equal in the course and the trainers listened to us and helped us all the time.” Head Trainer for the program Warren Archer applauded the students for taking the first step in a new career. “Congratulations on turning up everyday, you’re halfway there already, and I really hope we see you all back here again during your apprenticeships, it’s all up to you now.” he said. Suncorp’s Repairer Development Manager Geoff Roderick said they were very happy with the outcome. “The industry needs an injection of new talent in this changing landscape, and by giving these young people the initial skills required we are giving the industry employers what they need in potential apprentices,” said Geoff. May 2013 Motor Trader | 21
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Raising the standard New qualification is a great step forward for vehicle loss assessing.
hanks to a partnership between the MTA Institute of Technology (MIT) and Australian Accident Management Commercial (AAMC) the issuing of the very first vehicle loss assessing qualification has become reality. The Cert IV Vehicle Loss Assessing program is designed to provide insurance clients, and other customers represented by repairers, vehicle drivers, salvage operators, and government departments and associations the most technically qualified and professional Motor Loss Assessors possible. Last year, Diane Mason, People and Services Manager of AAMC and MTA Institute Operations Manager, Paul Kulpa investigated the possibility of entering into an agreement, given that the MIT would have the scope to train and assess this new qualification. In keeping with ‘best practice’ operation, the AAMC Motor Loss Assessors had always received ongoing training in specific areas and this was an opportunity for them to be professionally recognised in the industry. “This sort of qualification has been talked about within the industry for years,” said Paul Kulpa. “The time was right to throw a light on what assessors do and it’s great to see it finally come to fruition.” With a background in vocational education, Diane Mason and her team set about collecting the evidence for each unit and collaborating with the experienced assessing managers as to how their current operational evidence including processes and procedures could meet the necessary criteria. They also reviewed the qualifications and training records of each assessor to see where they could match required criteria. Operational evidence was collated and indexed against each module and a workshop was arranged with Joe Newbery, consultant and auditor to review the material and make 22 | Motor Trader May 2013
Peter Miller, Paul Kulpa, Mike Smith, Steve Chapman, Barry Nolan and Diane Mason.
a recommendation on a possible recognised prior learning pathway AAMC might take. After reviewing the entire AAMC assessing operation, and considering all the evidence over the following weeks, a 26-page report from Mr Newbery recommended that AAMC follow an RPL process and outlined the individual evidence, which would be needed for each motor loss assessor. In January this year, AAMC presented a body of evidence on behalf of 68 AAMC Motor Loss Assessors to the MIT for assessment. Steve Chapman, Managing Director of AAMC said it was a great step forward for the industry. “This accreditation will be responsible for supplying all the necessary knowledge and skills required within the assessing field, not just technical but also for quoting and managing the jobs, ” said Mr Chapman. “Insurers and their customers are going to benefit, and it will also help grow a new generation of assessors, creating a firm career path for them, it’s important for us to grow our own talent, because the resources won’t be there as they have been in the past. “The corporisation of panel shops has seen them develop and progress
and it was time for assessors and insurers to do the same, this program will raise everyone’s skills.” “AAMC are thrilled and proud to be the first company in Australia to be issued with the new Cert IV in Motor Loss Assessing and are confident that in the not too distant future, this will become the accepted insurance industry standard,” said Diane Mason. AAMC expresses gratitude and appreciation to: Peter Miller and the ASA for the extensive consultation and preparation of the Cert IV Vehicle Loss Assessing, Paul Kulpa and his team at the MTA Institute for their ongoing communication, feedback and support. Diane Mason and her team at AAMC for their management and coordination of a complex project. In particular a special thank you to Vicky Barwell for the collation of the enormous volumes of information, and to Barry Nolan, Robert Ralph, John English, Mark Weber, Gary Wilson and Luke Hill for their review of the more technical aspects of our operational evidence. Without the support of everyone involved in this project, it would not have been so successfully accomplished.
and recently completed his Cert II in Air Conditioning. “I’m really happy to win the award, and it’s a good stepping stone to my goal of one day owning my own business,” said Callum. George Englert from Rotary said the club was always eager to award apprentices. “The Rotary Club believes it is very important to recognize the achievements of apprentices,” said George. “For too long apprentices were forgotten about and we wanted to change that.”
CHANGing Times For SUPER Ted Kowalski Industrial Relations Manager
Superannuation Guarantee contribution going to 9.25% from 1st July 2103
embers are reminded that the compulsory superannuation guarantee contributions go to 9.25% from 1st July 2013 - on their way to 12% from 1st July 2019. The actual program for the changes is as follows: From 1st July 2013
From 1st July 2014
From 1st July 2015
From 1st July 2016
From 1st July 2017
From 1st July 2018
From 1st July 2019
Furthermore, from 1st July 2013 employers will have to show on payslips, the amount of the super contributions
paid into the employee’s account and the date the super contribution was made.
2013 National Wage Case deliberations underway
The Fair Work Commission is currently undertaking its annual review of wages paid under modern awards to determine if any increase is warranted. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has submitted that an increase of $30 per week is justified for all employees up to the tradesman’s level and a flat 4.2% increase for any employee whose award rate is in excess of the trade rate (currently $706.10/ week). Employer groups are urging a far more modest increase ranging from approximately $10 to $13 per week. The Commission will hold final consultations in Melbourne and Sydney on 21st and 22nd May and a decision will be released within a week or two of those dates. Any increase awarded would apply from 1st July 2013. May 2013 Motor Trader | 23
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MIT apprentice Callum Kinch was awarded the Rotary Club’s Apprentice Award earlier this month. Callum, 22 was recognized for his high achievement in training coupled with his good attitude and work ethic. “Callum’s a pleasure to teach and always strives to do his best, he’s a worthy recipient of the award,” said MIT Technical Trainer James Dixon. After spending 12 months in the plumbing trade, Callum decided he wanted to join the motor industry and is working at Ultra Tune, Carindale and currently studying his Cert III in Automotive Mechanical Technology
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Member matters payday for dads Australian businesses now have even more opportunity to benefit from being supportive and inclusive workplaces with the introduction of Dad and Partner Pay. The new entitlement under the Australian Government’s Paid Parental
Leave scheme provides two weeks of government-funded pay at the rate of the national minimum wage to eligible working dads and partners, including adoptive parents and same-sex partners, whose child is born or adopted from 1 January 2013. Dad and Partner Pay is administered and paid directly by the Australian Government, allowing businesses to support their employees without being out of pocket. Workers who may not have paid parental leave entitlements from their employer, such as self-employed, contractor and casual workers, may also be eligible. Having a new baby in the house is a big adjustment for any family. Dad and Partner Pay gives families financial support for eligible dads or partners to take time off work to bond with their new baby and support mums in the vital early months of their child’s life. Employers and employees can negotiate when to take the leave, but it must be taken in the first 12 months following the birth or adoption. For more information for employers as well as eligibility criteria, visit www.australia.gov.au/dadandpartnerpay or call the business hotline on 131 158.
DIVISIONAL NEWS: APRD hosted an APRAA Executive Committee Meeting on Friday 26th April 2013. Committe members from QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, and WA were in attendance. AMIF (Australian Motor Industry Federation) also attended to give updates on agenda topics. Topics Discussed included; APRAA-Pinnacle Conference. Organisers have received positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors on the 2012 conference and have indicated it was a great success. APRAA looking at the logistics of staging this event and are to discuss the timing / regularity of the event moving forward 2013 Yard Tour Proposals. To be discussed by state committee's and report back to APRAA chairman on the viability of tours moving forward. Refrigerant Recovery - Licences and Training: AMIF/Ongoing. LPG Decommissioning of End of Life Vehicles: AMIF/Ongoing APRAA End of Life Vehicles Policy: AMIF/Ongoing National Greenstamp Criteria Update: AMIF/Ongoing AMIF have a number of topics that are ongoing and will report back to APRAA as they progress.
MTA Queensland welcomes the following new members Business Name
Bundamba Auto Wreckers
Dean & Liza Hawkins
9 Agnes Street, BUNDAMBA Q 4304
Buchan Street Service Centre
Peta & Mitchell Digweed
129 Buchan Street BUNGALOW Q 4870
15 McBean Street, BOONAH Q 4310
4 Maid Street SOUTHPORT Q 4215
Coomera Car Care
Peter & Helen Torrington
30/3 Dalton Street UPPER COOMERA Q 4209
David Long Automotive
5 Arborten Road GELNWOOD Q 4570
Harbour City Motorcycles
2/33 Benarby Road GLADSTONE Q 4680
1 Fitzalan Street BOWEN Q 4805
John Williams All Mechanical Repairs
Terence and Maureen Prince
9/63 Shore Street CLEVELAND Q 4163
Leda Mechanical Repairs
Gary & Kerriann Mollross
4/11 Leda Drive BURLEIGH HEADS Q 4220
Michael & John Oliver
1098 Ipswich Road MOOROOKA Q 4105
Tambo Trade Centre
Maxine & Kipley Hafey
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fter battling a short illness Tony Selmes passed away on April 23, at the age of 68. Tony was a proud Queenslander, born in the Sunshine State to an Army family and the eldest of ten. His family lived in Townsville and Brisbane before moving to Sydney in 1959. He became involved with the young Liberals during that time and it was the beginning of a long involvement with the Party, and Government in general. Tony left school at 15 and started working for the NSW Government in the Chief Secretaries Department, and was placed in the fishing licence area. It was around this time that he was granted a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship which saw him visit Scandinavia on a business study tour, and provided him the opportunity of dining with the King of Norway. During his 20s Tony completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Asian Government and American Economic History. He worked for Qantas and the Commonwealth Public Service, in the department of Navy at Woolloomooloo, where he met Cheryl, the mother of his two daughters. He moved on to Canberra working as the Parliamentary Admin Officer for the Department of Air, and later the Foreign Affairs Department. He returned to Sydney to work full time with the NSW Liberal Party as Personal Assistant to the State Director and later Research Manager. He then commenced his career in the motor industry, with an executive position with the Motor Traders Association of NSW.
â€œTony was named
Executive Director of the MTAQ in 1998, after over 20 years involvement in the motor industry and association governanceâ€?
He established and managed a Toyota dealership at Nerang and he had a good reputation amongst the members of the RTA as a passionate supporter of their issues with regulators and governments. At one stage he led a large protest in Sydney for motor body repairers. He was seen by government members as a reasonable person to speak to on major motor industry matters. Tony was named Executive Director of the MTAQ in 1998, after over 20 years involvement in the motor industry and association governance. During his years with the MTAQ, he was appointed by both State Labor and Liberal Governments to State Training Boards and Small Business Advisory
Council, and was a member of the Training Recognition Council, the Queensland Small Business Advisory Council and a director of Automotive Training Australia (Qld). He was the MTAQ Representative on the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and oversaw ten successive Brisbane International Motor Shows. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2000 for Distinguished Services to Industry. Tony was a very strong family man, and was the dearly loved father of Kirsty and Lisa, grandfather to Chloe and Aidan and loving partner of Christine. He liked nothing more than hooking the caravan up and heading off to 1770, Fingal Bay, Burrum Heads or Urunga each year and enjoyed relaxing and indulging in his love of reading as well as listening to classical music, and Tony was an extrovert. He was an excellent public speaker and enjoyed being the centre of attention. Tony told good friend Roger Desmarchelier a few weeks ago, how lucky he was, he had dined with Kings, socialised with Prime Ministers and Premiers and built a respected career in the motor industry representative body. He was proud of his achievements and of his direct family, he was proud of his long friendship with his intimate group of friends, and he was proud of his life. Tony will be missed by all, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. May 2013 Motor Trader | 25
MTAQ lost one of its own last month with the death of former Executive Director Tony Selmes.
TONY SELMES, 1945-2013
Aitkenvale Automotive Location: Aitkenvale Townsville Type of business: Automotive Mechanical Repairs
M E M B E R S
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Number of employees: 7 Trading since: 2001 MTAQ member since: 2001
Jim Chaillons Auto Location: 25 Casey Street, Aitkenvale Type of business: Automotive Mechanical Number of employees: 4 Trading since: 1968 MTAQ member since: 1968
How did you hear about the Motor Trades Association of Queensland? (MTAQ)
What has been your proudest business achievement to date?
My father, Jim Chaillon, has always been a member. He was the original owner of our family business.
Being able to continue the success of a second-generation family business and provide the same quality service that our customers deserve.
How has being an MTAQ member benefited your business?
What is the best thing about working in your industry?
The benefits to our business are access to technical information and also to advise and information about wages and industrial relations.
Building friendships and business interaction within the industry.
Maranoa Mechanical Location: St George, Queensland Type of business: Repco Authorised Service Centre and RACQ approved Repairer, RACQ roadside contractor and tow truck operator. Automotive Mechanical, Auto electrical, Airconditioning, Approved Inspection Station, windscreens. Number of employees: 10 Trading since: 2006 MTAQ member since: 2006
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Through various industry publications and signage on so many automotive businesses
Paying off our most expensive piece of equipment, our chassis dyno and making it work for our business.
How has being an MTAQ member benefited your business?
What is the best thing about working in your industry?
It has helped in legal matters, human resources, technical information and general industry matters.
Meeting new and maintaining existing customers, learning and understanding new technology.
What is the best piece of business advice you have ever given or been given? People will deal with people they like. What would you say to someone thinking about joining MTAQ? Being a member is the best way of keeping up to date with what’s going on in this industry.
What is the best piece of business advice you have ever given or been given? Always do everything to the best of your ability. What would you say to someone thinking about joining MTAQ? it’s a very worthwhile investment due to a number of aspects of MTAQ that help with the everyday running of a business.
We inherited membership to MTAQ when we purchased the business.
but we feel most proud witnessing our team everyday, looking professional, delivering exceptional customer service and technical expertise.
How has being an MTAQ member benefited your business?
What is the best thing about working in your industry?
We have really appreciated and valued the Industrial Relations services provided to members. The bulletins with award information have been invaluable. We also value the general industry advocacy work.
The opportunity to train and develop the next generation of technicians and three great networks that we belong to, and rely on for networking – the Repco Authorised Service Network, RACQ roadside contractor network, and MTAQ.
What has been your proudest business achievement to date?
What is the best piece of business advice you have ever given or been given?
How did you hear about the Motor Trades Association of Queensland? (MTAQ)
We have enjoyed many milestones,
Brad says: A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. Emily says: When I was questioning why we were involved in a particularly challenging business that we once owned, a respected financial advisor told me 'Because you grow, dear'. What would you say to someone thinking about joining MTAQ? To be successful in the automotive industry as an independent service centre, one of the many things you need to do is surround yourself with successful and likeminded businesses. It is a basic but very important and valuable investment in our future.
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What has been your proudest business achievement to date?
M E M B E R S
How did you hear about the Motor Trades Association of Queensland? (MTAQ)
ISLAND HAS MAGNETIC A If you fancy a tropical island getaway that’s easily accessible from anywhere in Queensland, Magnetic Island could be for you.
ushwalks that lead to World War II forts, jet skiing tours around pristine sandy beaches and rocky headlands, kayaking among sea turtles and high-end accommodation with first-class dining are par for the course if you decide to indulge in some recharging of the batteries on Magnetic Island. Located just off the coast from Townsville, ‘Maggie’ is a quick flight from most Queensland cities, followed by a leisurely 30 minute ferry trip. I was amazed that after landing at Townsville airport at 10.55am we were meeting our good friends Parko and Barb at the Magnetic Island Ferry terminal at midday, it couldn’t be easier to get to a tropical island anywhere else in the world. With accommodation booked at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort my wife and I were delighted to find the reception just metres from where we disembarked, allowing us to start our 28 | Motor Trader May 2013
anniversary holiday within minutes of arriving. After checking in to a superior studio room with kitchenette, lounge, balcony and great views of the marina it was time to plan the next 5 days. There is an extensive 25km of walking trails on the island, which offer fantastic views and rare opportunities. Two thirds of the island is protected National Park and with an abundance of eucalypt trees it is home to northern Australia’s largest colony of wild Koalas and wild wallabies are also a regular sight. The 2km Forts Walk is a relaxing walk that leads to a defence base with two gun emplacements, an observation tower and command posts built to protect Townsville during World War II. We spotted several Koalas during the 2-hour trek and stopped a number of times to take in not just the beautiful views but to breathe in the crisp sea air.
Punthill Apartment Hotel, Brisbane.
Taking a Punt on Brisbane
Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island.
ATTRACTION The Forts Walk was our chance to see the island from up high and dry, the next day was our chance to see it from down low and wet. Adrenaline Jet Ski Tours at Horseshoe Bay on the northern part of the island was the best way to get out and about in the beautiful blue waters of north Queensland. Peter Smith, owner of the tours and our guide for the day is very knowledgeable about the coastline, and during the 90-minute top end tour was ready to answer any questions we had as we stopped several times in secluded bays taking in the various marine and bird life on display. We knew we were in for a treat when in typical laid back north Queensland style, Pete said “I haven’t got anyone else booked in this arvo, so there’s no hurry, lets take our time”. You’ve got to love being able to holiday in the middle of the week outside school holidays, the 90 minute tour lasted 2 hours. If high powered jet skis are not your thing but you still want to hit the water, try the kayaks, a leisurely hour paddling around Horseshoe Bay only sets you back $20, and the delight on my godson Jy’s face when he got up close to the sea turtles and flying fish was definitely worth it.
Melbourne's popular boutique apartment hotel group, Punthill Apartment Hotels, has announced the opening of Punthill Brisbane. Situated in the heart of Spring Hill, moments from the Brisbane CBD, Punthill Brisbane epitomises eclectic yet contemporary design and offbeat sophistication. The 70-room, 4.5 star property includes a fully equipped outdoor gym, outdoor swimming pool and lounge area, BBQ and outdoor dining area and even the quirky addition of an Astro-Turf badminton court. Thoughtful design and clever layout make these spacious studio apartments, each with a balcony, a bright and modern space. Apartments include king spilt beds, kitchenette including a two burner stove top, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, work-station and quirky contemporary designer furnishings. Punthill Apartment Hotel's Director of Sales and Marketing, Keiran Spencer, says they have received a fantastic welcome since opening the property. "We are thrilled to be bringing our signature Punthill style to Brisbane and it seems our guests are enjoying the property just as much as we are!" said Spencer. For more information visit: www.punthill.com.au/brisbane.
LAGUNA AT PHUKET Blessed with a great location that is easily accessible from Asia, Europe and Australia, Phuket has enjoyed healthy visitor numbers with Australians consistently the third highest nationality of visitors to the island year after year. With new and improved airline services opening up access to the Thai tropical paradise, the island’s destination resort Laguna Phuket is confident that its share of Aussie guests across its portfolio of nine deluxe hotel and villa properties will again improve this year. Laguna Phuket Resort boasts a host of attractions including an 18-hole golf course, five world-class spas and dedicated tour and corporate training companies – alongside the hotels’ wide-ranging facilities – that have proved popular with holidaymakers and business travellers alike and it’s all only 20-minutes from the airport. There is also a range of annual events including the Laguna Phuket International Marathon, Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest incorporating two major triathlons and the Summer Family Festival. Visit www.lagunaphuket.com for more information or speak to your preferred travel agent. May 2013 Motor Trader | 29
V8 Supercars prepare for US campaign
In the lead-up to the first ever V8 Supercar event in North America, 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch and 2010 V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney drove each other's cars around the Circuit of The Americas in Texas.
he Australian V8 Supercar is 180kg lighter than a Sprint Cup car, but has only 650hp compared to 950hp in a NASCAR. The NASCAR was faster accelerating in a straight line but the V8 Supercar was far quicker through corners, making it a relatively equal contest between the two. Furniture Row-Racing's Busch had to adapt to sitting on the wrong side of the car, a sequential shift gearbox and a dramatically smaller steering wheel. Courtney also found himself on the other side of the car from what he is used to and had to revert to using a H-pattern gearbox that hasn't been used in V8 Supercars since 2007. The only similarity between the
“The quickest way
I can compare an Australian V8 Supercar is it's a muscle car, but it's a sports car at the same time”
Chevrolet SS NASCAR and the Holden Commodore V8 Supercar comes from their road-going versions – the same car is sold in both markets in respective left and right hand drive versions. "It's amazing, there are similarities and differences between the two cars,"
James Courtney and Kurt Busch campare experiences.
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Busch said. "Sitting on the right side, shifting a bunch of gears with my left arm, you're not in your comfort zone and it's hard to understand what task is next until you start checking things off your list, and you’re learning the racetrack as well. So there were quite a few things going on. It’s information overload, to say the least. "But it definitely makes it interesting to drive both cars on the track at the same time. "The quickest way I can compare an Australian V8 Supercar to what people are familiar to in the States, is it's a muscle car, but it's a sports car at the same time. "Much more power than what you
see in the GT classes in the Grand Am series. And the ability, though, for what I see on TV, for these guys to run sideby-side, nose to tail, is in the control of the cars, the balance they have makes it a treat to drive." Holden Racing Team's Courtney and fellow Championship contender Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard were on hand at the Circuit of The Americas for the test and the inaugural MotoGP event where they completed some demonstration laps. For the experienced Courtney, last month’s track action was a dramatic twist for the Australian who has driven a wide range of machinery including Formula 1, Le Mans and Japanese Sportscars, Formula 3 and Formula Ford. "It was pretty wild sitting on the other side of the car and shifting an H-pattern gearbox," Courtney said. "The car was bigger and heavier. It has so much power. It's really quite an experience. It was also quite cool to blow past the V8 car on the straight. It was really good. I'm forever grateful that the team gave me this opportunity. "The steering wheel, it feels like it's massive. But to run side-by-side I was pretty nervous because it's moving around a bit more than what I'm used to. The Austin 400 is on May 17-19.
The long standing relationship between V8 Supercar driver Craig Lowndes and automotive component manufacturer SACHS has been strengthened, with the announcement last month at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo that the three-time V8 Supercar Champion was the official ambassador for the brand in Australia. Over the past nine seasons, Lowndes has relied exclusively on SACHS
shock absorbers and clutches in his Triple 8 Race Engineering prepared V8 Supercars. The partnership sees SACHS branding placed on the highly visible visor of his distinctive helmet, as well on his driving suit.
Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Australia announced a marketing partnership with Erebus Motorsport V8 MercedesBenz E63 AMG V8 Supercar driver, Lee Holdsworth. AMG Customer Sports team Erebus Motorsport V8 this year joined in the battle for Australia’s most prestigious motor racing title. The three international Schaeffler
Automotive Aftermarket brands; luk, INA and FAG logos will appear on the top centre and chin area of Holdsworth’s helmet and race overall sleeves for the entire 2013 season. Holdsworth will also take part in a number of trade events and other special appearances, as the company’s Australian ambassador during the year.
Motorsport Calendar V8 SUPERCARS May 3-5: Rd 4, Perth, Barbagallo Raceway, WA May 17-19: Rd 5, Texas 400, Austin, Texas, USA Jun 14-16: Rd 6, Skycity Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, Darwin.
May 25-26: Rd 12, Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway June 1-2: Rd13, Dover, Dover International Speedway June 8-9: Rd 14, Pocono, Pocono Raceway
May 10-12: Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Catalunya, Barcelona May 23-26: Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco June 7-9: Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
May 4-5: Rd 4, Sao Paulo Indy 300, Sao Paulo, Brazil May 26: Rd 5, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana June 1-2: Rd 6, Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Detroit, Michigan June 7-8: Rd 7, Texas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway
May 5: Rd 3, Grand Prix of Spain, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain May 19: Rd 4, Grand Prix of France, Le Mans, France June 2: Rd 5, Grand Prix of Italy, Mugello, Italy
May 3-5: Nitro Champs Drags. Sydney Dragway, NSW June 7-10: Winternationals Drags. Willowbank Raceway, Qld
June 15-16: CIK Stars of Karting, Geelong, Vic.
May 2-5: Rd 5, Rally Argentina, Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina May 30-Jun 2: Rd 6, Acropolis Rally Greece, Loutraki, Greece
NASCAR May 4-5: Rd 10 Talladega, Talladega Superspeedway May 10-11: Rd 11 Darlington, Darlington Raceway May 18: Sprint Showdown, Charlotte Motor Speedway May 18: Sprint All-Star Race, Charlotte Motor Speedway
KARTING PORSCHE CARRERA CUP May 25-26: Rd 3, Porsche Rennsport Australia, Sydney Motorsport Park
WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS May 12: Rd 4, Italian GP, Monza May 26: Rd 5, European GP, Donington, UK June 9: Rd 6, Portugal, Portimao
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GUEST DRIVERS JOIN CARRERA CUP
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will step up a gear this month when several high-profile drivers headline the inaugural Porsche Rennsport Australia Motor Racing Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park with V8 Supercar racers Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth leading the way.
he event will feature a unique Pro-Am, two-driver format where existing Professional Class drivers will pair with Elite Class drivers who are currently not entered in the championship. Conversely, existing Elite Class drivers can choose any driver, Professional or Elite, to co-pilot their GT3 Cup cars who are not entered full-time in the one-make championship. Elite Class team-mates Marc Cini and Michael Loccisano of Hallmarc Racing have made the most of the new Pro-Am format by securing two of V8 Supercars’ top talents, Erebus Motorsport V8 duo Slade and Holdsworth. Slade will race alongside Carrera Cup stalwart Cini and is looking forward to the transition into sports car racing. “The Pro-Am concept, having a Pro
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“In addition to the V8powered duo, Michael Patrizi has announced that Troy Bayliss will co-drive his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the Sydney event” and an Elite driver in every car, should even the playing field a lot. It should be a great event,” said Slade. “I’m really looking forward to the event. It will be a fun race weekend, but at the same time it’s a round of the Carrera Cup championship, so there is a serious side as well. “From what I understand the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are very
enjoyable to drive, and at a track like Sydney Motorsport Park, it should be great fun.” “It’s fantastic teaming Professional Class drivers with Elite Class drivers at the same event. Now every car will have 22 competitors to race against, not the usual three or four at other rounds. In real terms every car in the field will have the ability to get on the podium,” said Cini. “Tim and Lee are both exceptional drivers so it’s great to have them in our cars.” In addition to the V8-powered duo, Michael Patrizi has announced that former superbike champion, Troy Bayliss will co-drive his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the Sydney event. The inaugural Porsche Rennsport Australia Motor Racing Festival will be held May 25-26.
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