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Mechanics would be hard pressed to go through their careers without hitting up their local Burson Auto Parts.

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The company has been embedded in the Australian car parc for the better part of 50 years, providing a litany of products and components to mechanics far and wide.

In this edition of Australian Car Mechanic, we chat with the Burson team about their braking category, as well as a mechanic who frequents their stores.

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find there’s something oddly relaxing about the end of daylight savings. The idea of finishing work as the darkness rolls in hearkens to the primal concept of resting and preparing to sleep.

This may not apply to the entire country (looking at you, Queensland), but the darkness of winter has arrived whether you subscribe to time changes or not.

For mechanics, the work never stops, but the problems change.

A broader look at the industry reveals a problem in sourcing skilled workers – a challenge workforces face in the current climate.

In this edition of Australian Car Mechanic, we look at a few programs and people hoping to reignite apprentices’ passion for auto work and all the

possibilities it leads to.

The cold nights are a chance to people to huddle together and socialise, with events season in full swing.

The AAA and Collision Repair expos came and went in April, as did the National Collision Repairer ’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Events such as these serve as a great chance for industry stakeholders to forge new bonds, and touch base with old ones, as we look to the road ahead together.

Contributing writer Iain Curry’s back with some fantastic pieces on some true classics. This includes a Rover SD1 Vanden Plas, which reminds me of my ’93 red Corolla Seca, but I bet it doesn’t stall when stopping at a steep intersection.

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Brakes Matter. Full Stop.

A look at braking with Burson Auto Parts

For more than 50 years, Burson Auto Parts continues to be the trusted trade partner for Australian workshops and mechanics far and wide, supplying the best brands for parts, tools, accessories and equipment.

The business’ success has been derived from its continued focus on providing expert advice and solutions, as well as on-time delivery. Burson Auto Parts have now assembled the best range of brake brands and biggest range of products making them the ultimate destination for all your braking needs.

Burson Auto Parts’ extensive range has been an asset to the Australian car parc since its inception more than 50 years ago.

rom the first moment mechanics open their shop doors, they know that Burson Auto Parts is only a call away. The importance on continued growth for the automotive industry is clearly defined through Burson Auto Parts latest expansion in the braking sector. There’s only one place for the best range of brakes and that’s at Burson. With the ultimate destination for all your braking products only a phone call away, it’s the reason why so many mechanics trust and shop at Burson. The team has assembled the biggest range of brake products specifically for your needs.

Committed to the trade, Burson remains an industry leader in aftermarket parts, tools, workshop equipment and accessories.

Whether its workshop tools, equipment, brakes, consumables, servicing items, shock absorbers and more, it’s national footprint of 213 stores nationwide and over 1000 delivery vehicles means they are ready for your next order. In addition,

a major drawcard for mechanics utilising their local store is the vast array of brands and products at their disposal.

Burson also has state-of-the-art distribution centres in Tullamarine, Victoria and Redbank, Queensland. All these resources ensure Burson’s 40,000 trade customers are always supported.

On the wire

As long as Burson has been supplying Australian mechanics, the team has remained focused on ensuring that automotive businesses have access to the best braking range full stop.

Merchandise and Procurement General Manager Martin Kean added that Burson has always remained focused on delivering a variety of braking brands for Australian trade consumers.

“With Burson Auto Parts having the widest range of brands available for the consumer, the result is that we offer more parts in stock than any other automotive chain” he said. “For braking this means that

Image: Burson Auto Parts. Whether mechanics need pads, rotors or other braking parts, Burson Auto Parts has them sorted. Image: Burson Auto Parts.

our shelves are stocked with a wide range of braking components to suit the diverse needs of every vehicle. Our complete braking range ensures we optimise safety, reliability and performance.”

Martin has been around the auto industry his whole life and highlights a Burson team that’s well-equipped to deliver expertise anywhere, anytime.

“That’s Burson Auto Parts’ commitment to making sure the Australian consumer is getting the right part, the right product, the right price and the right delivery service,” Martin said.

Reliable reputation

Jordan Furey is one of Burson’s 40,000 trade customers.

The Newcastle-born mechanic is the owner and director of All Care Automotive in Brunswick, Melbourne.

“Burson continues to be my go-to destination for anything and everything I need for my workshop,” said Jordan.

“The team are always going above and beyond to make sure I have the right part for the job, from the various timing belts, water pumps, drive belts and of course brakes - Burson has what I need.

A qualified mechanic of 30 years –Jordan knows a thing or two about how important quality brakes are for him and his customers.

He said his preferred brand is Bendix,

The delivery team ensures customers have the parts they need, when they need them. Jordan and his team service a variety of vehicles, so they require a variety of braking products and brands. Image: Burson Auto Parts. Image: Prime Creative Media.

however Jordan said he’ll use whichever brand is the best for his customer’s car.

“With so many fantastic brands available for my customers, they know that their car is getting the best quality parts to get them back on the road,” he said.

“For my shop, the important factor that keeps it ticking is the quality of products I have access to, and I always go with the best for that customer vehicle.”

Take a brake

With over 700,000 brake products in stock on shelves across Australia, Burson is committed to keeping everyday passenger vehicles running smoothly, maintaining European luxury cars, fine-tuning 4x4’s for off-road adventures and servicing the latest electrical vehicles.

Martin highlighted that Burson is dedicated to showcasing its extensive Australian braking brands.

“As a business we are thrilled to include

so many fantastic suppliers that continue to support mechanics,” Martin added.

“That’s why we are excited to add brands such as Brembo to our product selection as it provides mechanics with a one stop shop for the largest brake range in Australia.”

Full stop

Burson remains focused in providing not only aftermarket parts or components for the Australian trade, but be the go-to for all things braking, full stop.

Its team of experts stand ready to help consumers – whether seasoned mechanics or do-it-yourself enthusiasts –to get the job done right.

Brakes matter, and Burson demonstrates this through both its breadth and delivery of braking products to Australia.

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Major brands

Here’s a few of the major brands Burson brings to Australian consumers:

• Bendix : Since 1955, Bendix has been renowned for its brake technology. Operating from Ballarat VIC, Bendix’s Australian facility serves as the regional hub for advanced research and development in the Asia Pacific, supplying leading vehicle manufacturers with a diverse range of high-tech brake products tailored for various vehicle types, including 4WDs and heavy commercial vehicles.

• Disc Brakes Australia: An Australian company that manufactures, designs, and globally markets performance, 4x4, aftermarket and O.E. replacement disc brake rotors.

• Brembo: Covering cars, light commercial and commercial vehicles, Brembo has been at the forefront of braking tech for more than 60 years. Known globally for its innovation and quality –Brembo recently joined Burson’s braking category to add even more selection for consumers.

• IBS/Protex : A comprehensive range of braking components, spanning from friction to hydraulics, catering to vehicles from across the globe. Its commitment lies in providing trade-centric solutions, ensuring seamless accessibility for customers to acquire necessary parts promptly. Drawing upon over two decades of industry expertise, IBS and Protex present a specialised selection of premium brake components rigorously tested for superior performance, ensuring top-tier products tailored for a wide array of vehicles.

• Hella Pagid: A renowned European brake specialist, provides an extensive selection of braking components and accessories, boasting over 14,000 spare parts that encompass 99 per cent of European passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

Image: Burson Auto Parts. Quality Australian brands such as Disc Brakes Australia have always been a major part of Burson Auto Parts’ catalogue.


A modern approach to apprentice training Tuned in

n our rapidly evolving industry, traditional classroom-based training that many of us experienced as an apprentice is making way for a new model and standard of training. MTA NSW has been at the forefront of this shift for over 20 years now, championing an on-site training model that brings education directly to the workshop.

The training philosophy centres on providing apprentices with real-time, hands-on experiences directly at their place of work. This approach allows learners to always be learning in a practical setting, on real jobs in their environment. It creates a direct relationship between the business owner and the trainer so there’s no guesswork when it comes to progress and any areas for improvement can be addressed based on individual needs.

Herein lies the limitation of the classroom environment. With the apprentices of today, it’s a tough ask to have one teacher in a classroom to try to cater for everyone’s individual needs with varying degrees of capability all with different learning styles and backgrounds. Where some learners thrive in the social setting of a classroom, it would seem that most get the benefit from a one-on-one approach.

The model itself isn’t revolutionary, but MTA NSW has made it commercially viable and positioned training requirements to align with the needs of the industry. Put simply, the training is one-on-one based on an agreed training schedule at your workshop. There’s real-time feedback and each trainer is invested in the development and learning of each apprentice at an individual level. In fact, they’re measured on that performance.

Backing the numbers

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the reporting body for training organisations had MTA NSW higher than the industry average on nearly every indicator, from student satisfaction to learning outcomes, and everything in between.

Australian Car Mechanic asked MTA NSW Chief Executive Officer, Stavros Yallouridis, what he thought of the shift away from the traditional classroom setting and whether one-on-one training was the best model.

“Apprentices are inherently different,” Yallouridis said.

“They have different needs and preferences, so we don’t see our model as competing with the traditional classroom,

we see it as complimentary.”

“We’re providing options to employers and students to learn in the way that is best suited to them. That’s why we procured My Trade Start last year, so we can offer the flexibility each business requires and what best suits the industry.”

As the automotive industry evolves with increasingly sophisticated technologies, the ability to adapt educational strategies to meet the immediate and future needs of apprentices and employers becomes crucial.

This nuanced approach to training acknowledges that no two apprentices are the same. Individualised training schedules and curriculum that consider personal aptitudes and learning speeds are not just beneficial but necessary for cultivating proficient technicians. By facilitating training that occurs within the context of the apprentice’s daily work environment, MTA NSW ensures that the learning process is as relevant and immediate as possible. This method helps apprentices to better retain information and apply their new knowledge directly to their tasks at hand.

In speaking with business owners who have adopted the MTA NSW model, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many report that the integration of training with daily work processes not only enhances learning outcomes but also increases productivity.

Built better

The direct engagement between trainers and business owners allows for tailored feedback, ensuring that apprentices’ training closely aligns with the specific operational needs of their employers.

The broader implications of this shift in training methodology are significant. As the industry moves towards more sustainable practices and electric vehicles become more prevalent, the need for technicians to be skilled in new technologies is rapidly increasing.

“It’s about more than just keeping pace with change; it’s about anticipating it,” Yallouridis added.

“Our training programs are designed to build a foundation of knowledge while also adapting to new developments as they arise. This ensures our apprentices are not just fit for today’s market but are wellprepared for the future of the industry.”

The success of the MTA NSW training model might well be a beacon for similar industries grappling with the fast pace of technological and procedural changes. It offers a compelling blueprint for how training programs can evolve to meet the demands of the modern workplace, providing a robust framework that supports both apprentice development and industry advancement.

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Apprentices learning the ropes through Penrite Oil Apprentice Mechanic Program Skilled up

Many of Penrite’s customers believe that attracting and retaining skilled and engaged apprentices is one of the many challenges faced today by workshops around the country.

Recognising this obstacle, Penrite Oil is bringing a renewed focus to a popular initiative which has run alongside the Supercars Championship for the past several years, the Penrite Oil Apprentice Mechanic Program.

Learning from the best

At the heart of this program lies the opportunity for Penrite workshops across Australia and New Zealand to send their valued apprentices out to get hands on experience with the Penrite Racing team throughout the entire Supercars season; including iconic events like the iconic Bathurst 1000 and this year’s all new Taupō Supe400 where Penrite Oil also returns as the Official Oil partner for 2024.

Apprentices who participate in the

program work within the Penrite Racing team and are a part of all the pit garage activity throughout the event. In addition to what many aspiring mechanics consider a ‘bucket list’ opportunity to be in the pit garage during a race weekend, apprentices are entrusted with responsibilities that not only broaden their technical capabilities but also instill in them a sense of teamwork and pride in their craft. They are not just observers; they are learning from the best in the business and are active contributors to the success of the team.

Fine tuning skills

Forming part of the Penrite Oil customer service offering, Penrite workshops are able to use the program to offer their valued apprentices an opportunity to grow their automotive experience, gain an insight into the motorsport industry and participate in Australia’s highest level of motorsport competition at a professional level where they’ll meet new people and

build connections for their future. Penrite Oil prides itself on providing industry leading service and support to its customers via its team of mobile sales representatives across Australia and New Zealand who are your face-to-face point of contact.

Penrite’s representatives are supported by a 100 per cent Australian-based customer service and technical support team who are trained and ready to provide support for everything from general enquiries through to detailed technical advice for any challenge your workshop might encounter. Our highly qualified and experienced technical team are a unique asset to workshops focused on delivering great outcomes for each and every job to build repeat business and referrals.

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Image: Penrite Oil. Apprentices joining up with Penrite Racing team get to learn among some of the most successful motorsport minds in the country.

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Welding apprentice Bonnie forges path in Aussie motorsport Female Force

rom bartending to working on supercars, Bonnie Inkster is a shining example of what happens when you drown out background noise and pursue your dreams. Building on fundamental welding skills, she shows how apprentices, given the right support and training, can help shape a future industry.

Wired in

In a male dominated industry, Bonnie has done well to make a name for herself. With seven years of welding experience under her belt, her desire to become a role model for the younger generation in the automotive industry is one to find inspirational.

Winning the EWIT Apprentice of the Year Award in February this year, Bonnie has even more motivation to her develop her skills and master her craft.

Bonnie beat five other finalists in the apprentice of the year category to take out the award.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got it. Very humbling and overwhelming,” Bonnie said.

Empowered Women in Trades (EWIT) is a community for females in the automotive and wider industries that aims to raise female representation and in turn help solve some of the skills shortages.

“I recently got on to EWIT and they have Facebook pages and get togethers for females in the industry to connect. There’s more community around it now and more support from other women than there was 10 years ago,” Bonnie said.

Right spark

Bonnie’s path to supercars as a welder and fabricator for Walkinshaw Andretti United took a few years, but it has been a rewarding turn of events.

“When I finished high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. So, I just stuck with bartending for a few years,” Bonnie said.

“One day I was watching the supercars

on the TV at work, and I went, I’m going to do that. So, I packed two suitcases, flew down to Melbourne, signed myself up at a motorsport course at the Kangan Institute, and started my first trade there,” Bonnie said.

“After that I got a job in motorsport with a team. And from there, I wiggled my way into the fabrication side of things and really enjoyed it.

“I decided to get my trade certificate as it is more appealing than not having one. That way I learnt more skills as well. After the certificate I got a job working with another motorsport team which is where I currently am.”

The opportunities available at Kangan Institute and Chisholm Institute helped guide Bonnie to reach her full potential.

“My first trade was at the Kangan Institute, and that was at the Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands,” she said.

“I thought both the Kangan Institute

Bonnie with her team and Super2 driver Ryan Wood (now Supercars driver) at a race in Perth.
“I enjoyed my time at both the Institutes. I learnt a lot of skills along the way.”

and the Chisholm Institute had amazing facilities; I couldn’t believe it. I enjoyed my time at both the Institutes. I learnt a lot of skills along the way.”

Start your engines

Some of the new technological advancements in the automotive industry haven’t quite reached Bonnie’s part of the profession, but she will be well prepared to adjust when the time arrives for an electrical, greener future.

“The motorsport sector hasn’t seen much of a change,” she said.

“I’m not saying that we’re not expecting it. I’m certain at some point down the track, there’ll be talks of hybrid vehicles or electric vehicles.”

Being one of only two females in some of her training courses, the guide for females in motorsports, and in the industry as a whole is slowly becoming more appealing to young women.

“Yeah, I’m certain that the male to female ratio it is getting better,” Bonnie said.

“You know, sometimes you may be one of two females within your class. But it is definitely growing, which is good to see.”

While the number of females entering the industry has steadily risen in the last decade, there is also work to do in retaining the female staff already established in the industry.

Bonnie is eager to see the female welder population grow. Images: supplied by Bonnie Inkster OL.

“They’re doing as much as they can to help women get into the industry,” Bonnie said.

“But I think it also needs to be about retaining the women already in the industry as well.”

“It would be great to work on both aspects, not just getting people in. Because in the past, I’ve lost my job during COVID, and it was just like being thrown off a cliff.”

Fitting in

Bonnie’s journey to welding and fabricating was challenging at times. Dealing with unhelpful remarks and discouraging comments only made her desire to succeed stronger.

“I have had companies in the past where there’s been comments directed from management saying things like you’ll never be taken seriously,” she said.

“It’s a kick to the guts, especially when you’re trying something new that you don’t know if you’re going to succeed at.”

“I’m stubborn and I’ve learnt from it. I shouldn’t have put up with an average workplace environment. But if I didn’t put

up with it, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m very appreciative of the path that I’ve taken regardless.”

“The team I am at now is great. Everyone looks out for everyone, and we can all be ourselves which is refreshing.”

Despite her colourful experience in the industry so far, her love of modifying and building Supercars, along with her resilient attitude, always drew her back in.

Having role models to look up to and feel supported by was a key factor in believing that her career goals were achievable, especially in the beginning.

“I’ve had some great male colleagues who have acted as role models in the past,” Bonnie said.

“On the motorsport side of things there are very few women in the sport as mechanics. There are no fabricators that I’m aware of.

“When I was just starting out there was one person who I looked up to in supercars at the time. Her name was Janelle, and she was amazing at her job.”

Setting the standard

The guarantee that motorsports and the

automotive industry is always evolving leaves little room for complacency.

Inkster’s attitude ensures she won’t fall into that trap.

“Welding is an ever-changing job. There are so many standards, and they are constantly being updated,” Bonnie said.

“I have recently been signed off on my apprenticeship. But to me, it’s not done. If someone came up to me and said, we want you to learn this, I’ll jump at the opportunity to take it. The more I can learn, the better it is for me. There are so many people out there that want to teach people.”

Learning, growing and adapting to new environments are all part of Inkster’s success in the industry. It is no surprise that there is a similar theme to her advice for the younger generation.

“Be yourself and learn as much as you can. It is important to remember that when you are new, you don’t know everything,” Bonnie said.

“Even I don’t know everything now, I’m still learning from the guys that I work with and vice versa.”

Even though welding is a practical and a ‘hands on’ job, there is still a theory component that Inkster embraces and takes in her stride.

“I still try and read up as much as I can about different aspects of welding, or a new technique, or even just trying to find the right settings for your machine. Sometimes I’ll find myself diving into the manual and reading about a couple of things just to try and tweak my welding skills. It is not just a hands-on job,” Bonnie said.

The road ahead

Gaining extra knowledge and qualifications is always on Bonnie’s radar.

“I love what I do, and I really enjoy it. So, I may look into doing my certification four which will give me additional knowledge on machines and CNC stuff,” she said.

“I just want to keep learning. Venturing overseas for fabrication in motorsport would also be pretty cool.”

Inkster is one to watch, with plans to continue developing her skills in the welding industry, she has hopes on becoming a role model for the future generations.

“I’m hoping that I’m a role model for other women, or younger females wanting to come into the industry and the sport. It has been a bit of a full circle there.”

Bonnie with her Apprentice of the Year trophy at the EWIT Awards night. Image: Joni Anderson.


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Understanding the importance of air filters

The quality of air that enters a car is entirely out of a driver’s control. It’s why air filters are one of the most crucial component’s to an engine’s life cycle; almost all contaminants in the engine oil come in through the air intake.

Old dirt and high silica content levels in Australia create a need for high quality air filters designed with Australian conditions in mind. In high-dust environments where dust gets kicked up, you’ll often notice how long the dust lingers in the air before it settles. This is how fine Australian dust is –it suspends itself before falling back to the ground. And that’s just what you can see with the naked eye, then there’s the dirt you can’t see.

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Many Ryco Air Filters can trap dirt that’s up to 0.3 microns. To give you an idea of how small that is, a human hair is 70 microns. In only 10 minutes, 12,500 litres of air would have passed through a car’s air filter. That’s a lot of dirt potentially not being prevented from entering the engine by using an ill-equipped filter.

For many customers, these filters may look identical, with the same size boxes lining the shelves. However, not all filters are created equal. The testing, development, and performance specifications that Ryco’s team strives towards is what sets Ryco apart. and it’s important to emphasise this detail.

Without looking at this under a microscope, it can be hard to gauge the difference between Ryco Air Filters and other aftermarket filters, but it’s these microscopic differences that will create a long-lasting effect on a vehicle’s engine life.

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Apowerful new range of LED headlamp globes is now available from Narva, providing a major increase in light output particularly for vehicles fitted with older halogen globes.

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CoolDrive Auto Parts: Your Oil Expert

oolDrive Auto Parts offers a comprehensive range of highquality oils and lubricants to meet the specific needs of today’s car parc, with both synthetic and mineral-based lubricants featured.

Premium lubricants from trusted brands like PETRONAS and CASTROL are available throughout the CoolDrive network, each rigorously tested and approved by OEMs to ensure exceptional vehicle performance, longevity, and customer satisfaction.

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Heading the PETRONAS offering is the Syntium range with CoolTech™ technology, developed to reduce engine heat and maintain optimum performance, which is complemented by the Tutela range of gear oils and automatic transmission fluids.

The PETRONAS Urania range, meanwhile, has been developed for trucks and heavyduty applications and is formulated with ViscGuard™ technology, which protects against engine build-ups, to prevent abrasive wear and oxidation to increase engine life.

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tested to the highest standards to deliver maximum performance.

Castrol’s MAGNATEC range features intelligent molecules which adhere to the engine to provide an extra layer of protection and increase the resistance of engine parts to wear.

There’s also the trusted Castrol GTX range, which provides superior sludge, viscosity, and thermal breakdown protection, while the anti-wear additives work to extend engine life.

Also stocked at CoolDrive is Castrol VECTON® and RX SUPER which have been developed for trucks and heavy-duty applications.

These are all complemented by Castrol’s extensive range of transmission fluids, differentials and axle fluids, manual transmission fluids, greases, and hydraulic fluids.

Here, there, everywhere

As part of its commitment to customer service, CoolDrive has launched a bulk oil and lubricant delivery service in selected areas, comprising a specialised fleet of vehicles offering drum drop-offs, and a pump out service into customers’ on-site storage tanks.

The delivery service includes these OEMapproved oils and lubricants from PETRONAS and Castrol, with sizes ranging from 5L containers right through to 205L drums.

Workshops can easily find the right oil or lubricant for their needs using CoolDrive’s iShop platform, and orders can be placed online or via the phone.

For more information, visit

Images: CoolDrive Auto Parts. Both Castrol and PETRONAS offer CoolDrive customers exceptional quality and performance. CoolDrive’s delivery service for bulk oil and lubricants brings its commitment to customers to another level.


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Uncommon spark

The NGK difference

NGK Spark Plugs have been around for more than 80 years. Most people in the automotive industry have come across our spark plugs and could tell you about our Japanese heritage or premium quality but could they tell you what really makes NGK different!

Vehicle specific parts

Engine manufacturers spend many years researching and developing new engine designs. During this complex process, every engine component, including the spark plug, is engineered and tailored to perfectly match the application.

As the largest OE spark plug supplier in the world we work hand-in-hand with vehicle manufacturers during the development of each new engine configuration to engineer spark plugs specifically designed to suit each engine’s individual requirements and ensure optimum performance.

When spark plugs are commonised important attributes are often compromised and this can have a big effect on performance and longevity. These attributes include: Heat Range, Centre Electrode Projection length, number of ground electrodes and ground electrode

designs (including Double Fine Electrode (DFE) and Platinum Square Projection Electrode (PSPE) designs).

NGK prides itself on providing the broadest range of replacement spark plugs designed and engineered for more than 98 per cent of the vehicles on Australian roads.

OE Quality

NGK and NTK products are all designed and manufactured in the same factories as the products we supply to our OE customers across Japan, Europe, North America, Korea, Thailand, China and other regions involved in vehicle manufacturing. NGK remains the manufacturer of choice for vehicle manufacturers across the world.

Further to this, NGK products are manufactured with the highest levels of quality in design, raw materials & processes. NGK is driven by quality as well as delivering the best levels of range, supply and service to you, and are very proud of our products performance.

Efficient, reliable and clean performance

As emission regulations continue to become more stringent, pressure on vehicle manufacturers to reduce emissions and

improve efficiency has increased. NGK’s range of precious metal spark plugs with superior ignitability over conventional spark plugs meet and surpass the modern requirements of vehicle manufacturers.

Precious metals such as iridium and platinum have much higher melting points over traditional metals such as nickel.

This allows centre electrode diameters to reduce from 2.5mm using nickel, to 0.6mm using iridium or platinum. The finer point means that once a spark forms, the flame kernel does not have a large mass of centre electrode that reduces absorption of heat and reduces the flame shadow impeding the flame progress.

This equates to a more complete burn that translates to:

• Improved acceleration

• Smoother idling

• Improved fuel consumption

These features along with our technical support and availability are what sets NGK spark plugs apart from the pack and what enables us to provide the greatest range of correct fitment spark plugs for Mechanical workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world.

Image: Niterra Australia. Using precious metals such as iridium and platinum, NGK’s spark plugs have much higher melting rates compared to spark plugs using nickel.


Top diagnostics to enter the Financial New Year Ready to launch

The end of the financial year is just around the corner, and the team at Launch has a tonne of quality offers across its extensive diagnostics range.


With Australian mechanics facing constant pressure and a full schedule of tasks, they require diagnostic tools that can keep pace with their fast-paced workflow.

Introducing the AUSCAN 4 – Launch’s latest scan tool designed specifically with Australian mechanics in mind. The successor of the AUSCAN 3, features a Quad-Core 2GHz processor, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage. With OEM level access to over 110 vehicle manufacturers from Australia, Asia, the USA, and Europe, including comprehensive support for Audi and VW models, the AUSCAN 4 ensures thorough diagnostics.

Whether connected via cable or wirelessly, the AUSCAN 4 efficiently identifies VINs for intelligent diagnosis and offers a user-friendly touch screen interface for easy access to repair information and diagnostic reports. For mechanics specialising in trucks, EVs, motorcycles, ADAS, agricultural machinery, or other equipment, optional software support is available.

Moreover, the AUSCAN 4 comes equipped with training videos and built-in

repair information for quick reference. Additionally, mechanics benefit from three years of free updates.

If purchased between June 1-July 31 2024, you can get an AUSCAN 4 with a TPMS Module and four sensors free.

The TPMS Module is a powerful tool that enhances X-431 diagnostic tools, offering new features and revenue for mechanics.

Euro Tab III

Introducing the X-431 Euro Tab III highend car fault diagnostic scan tool to the local market. This advanced tool, running on Android 9.0, seamlessly integrates into Launch Tech’s product lineup, enhancing its established diagnostic technology with comprehensive coverage for both passenger and heavy-duty vehicles, along with a plethora of special functions.

The Euro Tab III is accompanied by the Smartlink C VCI, which connects to the vehicle’s OBD port and establishes a wireless connection with the Euro Tab III via Wi-Fi, enabling advanced communication and functionality.

Featuring a sizeable 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen display and powered by a 2 GHz octa-core CPU, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of storage, the Euro Tab III boasts impressive performance capabilities. It supports high-speed tasks and seamless operation, aided by its ample storage

capacity and wireless connectivity to the Smartlink C. Moreover, with dual-band WiFi connectivity and various ports including USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI, it offers versatile connectivity options.

The Euro Tab III is equipped with front and rear-facing cameras for capturing images of defects, which can be conveniently emailed to customers. Integrated Launch CarSet database

The AUSCAN 4 is designed with the Australian mechanic in mind.

provides step-by-step testing routines, guiding users from DTC diagnosis to fault code solutions.

Key features of the Euro Tab III include Launch Super Remote Diagnosis, intelligent diagnostics for over 100 car brands (including McLaren), topology mapping for visual checking of DTCs and system communication status, support for various automotive communication protocols,

optional ADAS calibration function, advanced coding and programming capabilities, TPMS servicing support, and a wide range of service and reset functions.

The Smartlink C VCI connects to the Euro Tab III via Wi-Fi and supports advanced protocols for vehicle communication. Additionally, it serves as a J2534-compliant pass-thru device for ECU reprogramming and supports Launch’s Super Remote

Diagnosis for remote vehicle access and advanced diagnostics.

Customers can get a TPMS Tool and Sensors, along with Launch’s Immobiliser and Key Programming Module with their Euro Tab III for free between June 1 and July 31.

For more information on Launch’s offers, visit or call 1300 369 788

Images: Launch. Designed for durability, the Euro Tab III is IP65 waterproof and dustproof, housed in high-impact silicone rubber with corner reinforcements.

Wild Rover

A rare but striking sight, this exotic Rover SD1 Vanden Plas has a powerful secret under its curvaceous bonnet


When was the last time you saw a new car that literally stopped you in your tracks? Not a supercar, but one from a mainstream brand? Tough one, isn’t it? Big players like Toyota, VW, Ford and Hyundai may show design flair on occasion, but overwhelmingly we get vanilla. Safe choices. Cookie-cutter design.

Conversely, back in 1976, Rover’s SD1 was a stop-and-stare masterclass. Emerging from the troubled British Leyland stable, this was a five-door family sedan with nods to exotica of the period. Despite its everyman badge, its styling rightly draws comparison to the beautifully muscled Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona. “Put it up against cars of today and they look very sterile,” says Craig Barraud, owner of this stunning 1984 SD1 Vanden Plas. “Modern cars just don’t have the charisma of these Rovers.”

The SD1 was in production for a decade and over 300,000 were made, despite notoriously poor build quality. Australia didn’t receive its first until August 1978, featuring the familiar all-alloy 3.5-litre Rover V8 with twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors, but a rather puny 102kW and 245Nm. It may have looked something like a Modenasourced Italian grand tourer, but you’d have to wait 12.4 seconds to hit 100km/h.

“I first saw one in 1978 when I was in the schoolyard,” Craig says. “Back then we were only used to seeing Fords and Holdens, so I just thought ‘what the hell is that?’” No wonder. Note the windscreen’s steep rake, the lack of front grille between those Daytona-esque headlights and the huge rear glass panel as part of the hatchback/ fastback design. There’s also a luxurious interior with modular ‘pod’ dashboard and slightly quartic (non-round) steering wheel, and this being of the 1970s and 80s, lots of brown throughout.


Kitted out

A young Craig was around Rovers from an early age. His parents founded W.W Shock Absorbers in north Brisbane in 1959, and he served his mechanic’s apprenticeship at the suspension specialist. “It’s still a family business with my wife and I running it, and my eldest son James doing the work with me,” Craig says. “We do everything including 4WDs, but mostly work on old-school stuff. We’re one of the only places left in Australia that still do lever arm shock absorbers.”

These were used on the likes of Morris and Austin vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s, and Craig’s father had the foresight to have dies made so the specialist parts could be reproduced. “I’ve got a manufacturer in Brisbane able to build them for me,” he says. “To get bushes, valves and seals would be impossible these days without those dies.”

The business is a Rover specialist –including Land Rovers – and Craig says they’re something of a one-stop-shop. Suspension’s the day-to-day, but he’ll handle anything on Rovers from mechanical to power steering to air-con. So, he’s been around SD1s for decades, but what’s the appeal? “It’s the shape. As simple as that,” he states.

Craig picked up his ’84 SD1 Vanden Plas in 1991, paying $8000 for it as it “wasn’t a really sought after car,” he says. “I traded a Series 1 SD1 for it as I’d always wanted the Series 2,” referencing the facelifted model which arrived in 1982. And the Vanden Plas was the one to buy; it was the flagship full luxury version, dripping in equipment. Examples? An electric sunroof, headlight washers in the front bumper, cruise control, Connolly leather seats and a fancy trip computer.

Car and owner are almost 35 years into their relationship, and it’s been a busy one. Due to Craig’s contacts, passion and expertise, his SD1 is like no other in Australia. Most obvious from the outside is its ‘Vitesse’ equipment. This was a flagship grade never sold in Australia (but was in the UK and New Zealand), featuring a 142kW fuel-injected version of the V8, and sporty exterior flourishes.

Red Rover

Long-established Rimmer Bros in the UK has been the go-to place for new-old-stock and used SD1 parts. “I’ve been dealing with

Rover’s bold SD1 shape has clear design influences from Ferrari’s 365GTB/4 Daytona, but certainly not its price tag.

them for about 30 years,” Craig says, and it was through this specialist he sourced the Vitesse goodies. There’s multi-spoke 15-inch wheels, a deep channel front spoiler, boot-lid wing and four-piston brake callipers on ventilated discs, all original parts giving this large sedan a sportier flavour.

The colour, gleaming in the Queensland sunshine, fooled me as original Rover. When Craig had the SD1 stripped and re-sprayed he changed it from its original ‘rust’ red – an apt description as these big Rovers were quite partial to the tin worm – to a hue from British rival Jaguar. It’s called Carnival Red, typically found on early 2000s S-Types and XK8s, and works magnificently.

Beyond the aesthetics, there are greater changes under the skin. In 2005, Craig ditched the car’s original 3.5-litre V8 and replaced it with a 4.6-litre V8 petrol from a P38 (1994-2001) Range Rover. Engine transplants are a contentious subject amongst enthusiasts, but Craig’s made the swap because he was hungry for more performance. And since a variation of this engine was employed by TVR for its Chimaera and by Morgan for its Plus 8, it comes with decent pedigree.

“I wanted to upgrade for the extra power,” Craig says. “The 3.5-litre’s a good little engine, but for top end cruising they run out of puff. The 4.6-litre just keeps pulling away.” Lift the SD1’s curved front-hinged bonnet and the new motor is a good fit, although there’s little space to spare.

Also boosting driving joy has been mating the new motor to a five-speed manual gearbox.

On the inside

Craig’s car, like all Australian Vanden Plas models, originally came with a three-speed GM auto transmission. Only a small number of manual SD1s came to Australia in the 1980s, but Craig sourced one, and reports this gearbox is more than capable of handling the extra power and torque from the larger Rover engine.

Hop inside and there’s the new pedal box with required clutch, plus the manual shifter. In front of this is the wonderfully 1980s button set for the trip computer, complete with little red lights to indicate your selection. You can imagine when this

thing was new such technology was a bit mind-blowing. “Tomorrow’s car, today,” was how Rover advertised its SD1, and it must’ve felt that way for those who’d never thought the humble Rover brand could produce such a spaceship.

Reflecting its luxo Vanden Plas badge, there are wood panels for the dash and doors, and its Connolly leather seats are more the reserve of Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin. Craig’s SD1’s chairs are, he assures us, still immaculate, but are covered by lambs wool. “There’s a bit of nostalgia there because an old guy who’d crashed his SD1 gave them to me,” he

Craig still runs family business W.W Shock Absorbers out of north Brisbane after his parents founded it in 1959. This being the range-toping Vanden Plas grade, standard equipment included Connolly leather seats, wood trim, trip computer and cruise control. Note transplanted manual gear shifter and three pedals.

explains. “And with the covers on, those seats will stay immaculate.”

Victory lap

It’s very much a weekend and club cruiser, but Craig’s been confident enough to take the SD1 to national Rover events, including driving from Brisbane to Adelaide. “Comfort levels I’d give it an eight out of 10,” he says, “but the faster you drive the better it gets. At speed it just hugs the road even harder.”

It’s now 219,000km and 40 years old, but Craig reports this Rover’s proved reliable. “I’ve never yet had to ring a tow truck for it,” he says, “and it’s easy to maintain; just the basic oil changes and pump the tyres up to keep it going.”

The care and expertise he’s shown has played a part in his SD1’s longevity, including when it was pulled apart for the engine swap and new paint. “Interestingly, when I took up the carpets I found pop rivet shafts under there,” he says. “This was confusing as there are no pop rivets in an SD1. I spoke to a guy who worked at the SD1 factory in Coventry, and he said the blokes on the Land Rover assembly line, which was right beside, would throw these parts at the guys on the SD1 line.” Concentrating on building the car with care and attention rather than playing Rivet Wars may have improved SD1 build quality…

Regardless, these big bruisers still hold a beloved place in many hearts. They served as UK police cars, were television stars (The New Avengers and The Professionals) and held their own as Group A touring car racers in the mid-1980s – including finishing 12th outright at the 1984 Bathurst 1000 with TWR. And just like when they were first introduced, an SD1 – when as immaculate and enhanced as Craig’s curvaceous classic - still has the power to amaze.

The original 3.5-litre V8’s been replaced with brawnier 4.6-litre V8 from a P38 Range Rover. Rover’s Viking Ship badge isn’t found on new cars anymore, as the famed British branded folded in 2005.

Increased vehicle fortitude from bonding can depend on a number of factors including the quality of repair.

Power bond

The question of panel bonding versus welding panels on automotive


There are two procedures when joining vehicle panels, bonding, and welding. These are the two most common methods used in automotive repair and manufacturing when performing this procedure. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice between them depends on factors such as the material of the panels, the desired strength of the joint, aesthetics, and the specific requirements of the repair or manufacturing process. Here’s an overview of both methods:

Panel bonding procedure

Panel bonding involves the use of structural adhesive to bond two panels together. The adhesive is typically applied to the mating surfaces of the panels, which are then clamped together until the adhesive cures.

Advantages: An adhesive can be used to bond different types of materials, such as metal to metal, metal to plastic, or composite materials. It provides a smooth, seamless appearance without visible weld lines and distributes stress evenly across the bonded area, reducing the risk of stress concentrations. The adhesive helps to dampen vibration and noise.

Disadvantages: The adhesive requires proper surface preparation to ensure good adhesion, including cleaning and roughening the surface. It requires longer

curing times compared to welding and may require specialized equipment for the application and curing. Adhesive can have a general lower joint strength compared to welding, especially for structural applications.

Welding procedure

Welding involves melting the base metals of the panels to be joined and then allowing them to cool and solidify, creating a fusion bond between the panels.

Advantages: Welding provides strong, durable joints suitable for structural applications with a faster process compared to panel bonding, especially for spot welding in mass production settings. This can be performed with a variety of welding techniques, including spot welding, MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding, TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding, and resistance welding and does not require curing time like adhesive bonding.

Disadvantages: Welding leaves visible weld seams that may require additional finishing work to achieve a smooth appearance. It is limited to joining similar materials, such as metal to metal.

Heat generated during welding can cause distortion or warping of the panels, requiring additional post-welding correction. This may produce heat-affected zones that can weaken the surrounding material. Panel bonding is preferred for

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applications where aesthetics, vibration damping, and bonding dissimilar materials are important, while welding is favoured for its strength, speed, and suitability for joining similar materials in structural applications. The choice between using panel bonding and or welding depends on the specific requirements of the automotive repair or manufacturing process.

Stick to it

Using the correct adhesive in the correct area and performing the correct preparation of the materials is crucial. Vehicle manufacturers often have their own recommended panel bonding adhesives for use in repairs or manufacturing processes. These recommendations can vary depending on factors such as the materials being bonded, the specific requirements of the application, and any regulatory standards that must be met.

However, some commonly used and recommended panel bonding adhesives by vehicle manufacturers can include the following:

• 3M Panel Bonding Adhesive: 3M offers a range of panel bonding adhesives designed for automotive applications.

These adhesives are known for their strength, durability, and compatibility with a variety of materials.

• Sika Panel Bonding Adhesive: Sika is another major supplier of adhesives and sealants for the automotive industry. Their panel bonding adhesives are formulated to provide strong, reliable bonds while meeting industry standards for performance and safety.

• Lord Fusor Panel Bonding Adhesive: Lord Fusor manufactures a variety of adhesives and repair products specifically for the automotive aftermarket. Their panel bonding adhesives are designed to meet the needs of professional repair technicians and are widely used in the industry.

• SEM Panel Bonding Adhesive: SEM offers a range of panel bonding adhesives suitable for automotive repair and manufacturing applications. Their adhesives are formulated to provide high bond strength and excellent corrosion resistance.

• Henkel Panel Bonding Adhesive (Loctite): Henkel, under its Loctite brand, produces panel bonding adhesives that are used in automotive assembly and repair. These adhesives are engineered to provide durable bonds and are trusted by many vehicle manufacturers.

It’s important to note that vehicle manufacturers may have specific recommendations for the use of panel bonding adhesives, and technicians should always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure proper performance and safety. Additionally, adhesive selection should consider factors such as compatibility with the materials being bonded, environmental conditions, curing time, and required certifications (such as OEM approvals or compliance with industry standards).

OEM factors when panel bonding adhesive

When using panel bonding adhesives in automotive repair or manufacturing, it’s important to consider OEM approvals, compliance standards, and specifications to ensure that the adhesive meets the necessary performance, safety, and quality requirements. These approvals and specifications can vary depending on the vehicle manufacturer and the specific application. Here are some key considerations:

OEM approvals: Many vehicle manufacturers have their own approval processes for adhesives used in repairs or manufacturing. These approvals indicate that the adhesive has been tested and

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Panel bonding can be a seamless process, but surfaces need to be adequately prepared before bonded.

meets the manufacturer’s standards for performance, durability, and safety. Technicians should ensure that the panel bonding adhesive they use is approved by the relevant OEM for the specific vehicle make and model being repaired.

Industry standards: In addition to OEM approvals, panel bonding adhesives may need to comply with industry standards and regulations. For example, adhesives used in automotive applications may need to meet requirements set by organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), or regulatory bodies like the European Conformity (CE) marking for products sold in the European Union.

Material compatibility: Panel bonding adhesives should be compatible with the

materials being bonded, such as metals, plastics, composites, or painted surfaces. Some adhesives are formulated specifically for bonding dissimilar materials, while others may be designed for specific substrate types.

It’s important to verify that the adhesive is suitable for the materials being bonded to ensure proper adhesion and performance.

Corrosion resistance: Adhesives used in automotive applications should provide adequate corrosion resistance to protect the bonded joint from environmental factors such as moisture, salt, and chemicals.

Certain OEMs may have specifi c requirements for corrosion resistance, especially in areas prone to corrosion, such as the underbody or exterior panels.

Temperature and environmental resistance: Panel bonding adhesives should be able to withstand a range of temperatures and environmental conditions encountered during vehicle operation, including heat, cold, humidity, and UV exposure. Adhesives used in exterior applications should have good weatherability to maintain their strength and integrity over time.

Curing time and process: The curing time and process of the adhesive should be compatible with the repair or manufacturing timeline and requirements. Some adhesives may require heat or pressure for curing, while others cure at room temperature. Technicians should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper application, curing, and handling of the adhesive.

OEMs have their own approvals for what type of bonding is suitable for various parts and components.

By ensuring that panel bonding adhesives meet OEM approvals, comply with industry standards, and are suitable for the specific application and materials being bonded, technicians can achieve strong, durable, and reliable bonds in automotive repairs and manufacturing processes.

Where are OEM approvals found OEM approvals for panel bonding adhesives can typically be found through several channels: Manufacturer documentation: The manufacturer of the adhesive will often provide information regarding OEM approvals on their product datasheets, technical bulletins, or other documentation. This information may be available on their website or provided directly to distributors and customers.

OEM websites and portals: Some vehicle manufacturers maintain online portals or databases where repairers, technicians, and suppliers can access information about approved repair procedures, materials, and products. These portals may include details about approved adhesives and their specifications.

Industry associations and organisations: Industry associations and organizations related to automotive repair, such as the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), may provide resources and guidance on OEMapproved repair methods and materials. They may also offer training programs and certification courses that cover OEM requirements and procedures.

Supplier or Distributor Support: Suppliers or distributors of panel bonding adhesives may have access to information about OEM approvals and can provide guidance to customers regarding the suitability of their products for specific applications. They may also have direct relationships with OEMs and be able to obtain approval information on behalf of customers.

OEM Repair Manuals and Documentation: OEM repair manuals and documentation provided by vehicle manufacturers often contain detailed information about approved repair procedures, materials, and adhesives. Technicians can consult these manuals to find specific recommendations and requirements for panel bonding adhesives.

Direct Communication with OEMs: In some cases, technicians or repair facilities may need to directly contact the OEM or their authorized representatives to inquire about approved adhesives or obtain clarification on specific requirements. OEMs may provide support and guidance to ensure that repairs are performed according to their standards. It’s important for technicians and repair facilities to verify OEM approvals directly from reliable sources and to ensure that they comply with manufacturer specifications and guidelines when selecting and using panel bonding adhesives in automotive repair or manufacturing processes.

Bond adhesives and accidents

Using bond adhesives in automotive repairs can contribute to the overall structural integrity of the vehicle,

potentially providing additional strength in certain types of accidents. However, the extent to which bond adhesives enhance the vehicle’s strength depends on various factors, including the type of adhesive used, the quality of the repair, the specific areas repaired, and the severity and type of the accident. Here are some ways in which bond adhesives can contribute to the strength of a vehicle after repairs:

Distributed Stress: Bond adhesives distribute stress more evenly across the bonded area compared to traditional welding methods. This can help to reduce stress concentrations and prevent localized failure in the event of a collision.

Increased Rigidity: Bond adhesives can increase the rigidity of the repaired panels by bonding them together seamlessly. This added rigidity can help to maintain the structural integrity of the vehicle during a collision and minimize deformation or damage.

Improved Crash Performance: Properly repaired and bonded panels can help the vehicle to better withstand impact forces in a collision. The cohesive bond provided by adhesives can help to prevent separation or delamination of panels, reducing the risk of structural failure.

Enhanced Energy Absorption: Some bond adhesives have properties that enable them to absorb energy during a collision, dissipating impact forces and reducing the severity of damage to the vehicle.

Corrosion Protection: Bond adhesives can provide a barrier against moisture and corrosion, helping to protect the repaired areas from rust and degradation over time. This can contribute to the long-term structural integrity of the vehicle.

It’s important to note that while bond adhesives can enhance the strength and performance of a vehicle after repairs, proper repair techniques and adherence to manufacturer specifications are crucial. Improper application or use of substandard materials can compromise the effectiveness of the repair and potentially reduce the vehicle’s crashworthiness.

Ultimately, the use of bond adhesives in automotive repairs should be carried out by trained professionals following industry best practices and manufacturer guidelines to ensure that the repaired vehicle maintains its structural integrity and safety standards.

Summary: Prepare the surface correctly. Use correct Adhesive for the application. Do it right the first time and perform no short cuts.

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Boosting performance and precision: The Warren & Brown Tools Torque Multipliers All torque

n the realm of industrial work and mechanical engineering, the importance of precision and efficiency cannot be overstated. Whether assembling intricate machinery or disassembling heavy-duty structures, having the right tools at hand can make all the difference. This is where torque multipliers come into play, offering a reliable solution to enhance torque application and streamline the tightening or loosening of fasteners.


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Warren & Brown Tools, renowned for their commitment to quality and innovation, present a comprehensive range of torque multipliers designed to meet the diverse needs of professionals across various industries. These torque multipliers are engineered to be seamlessly integrated with torque wrenches, facilitating the effortless manipulation of fasteners with precision and ease.

One of the key advantages of Warren & Brown Tools torque multipliers lies in their ability to operate in narrow spaces without compromising on performance. The gearing design ensures a high torque output with minimal input, making it exceptionally convenient for tasks requiring significant torque values. Whether tightening bolts or loosening nuts, users can rely on Warren & Brown Tools torque multipliers to deliver consistent and reliable results.

It is essential to note that proper calibration is paramount when using torque multipliers to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the tools. Warren & Brown Tools recommends operating the multiplier within 80 per cent of its maximum torque output capacity to prevent overloading and prolong its lifespan. This prudent approach not only safeguards the tools but also enhances workplace safety and efficiency.

Fully loaded

The Warren & Brown Tools torque multiplier sets offer a range of options to suit various torque requirements:

The 7pc Torque Multiplier Set 1000Nm features a lightweight design with a capacity of 1000Nm and includes a ½” drive ratchet and a 90° reaction bar.

For higher torque demands, the 7pc Torque Multiplier Set 1500Nm, 2000Nm, and 2500Nm provide increased capacity, each accompanied by various reaction bars to accommodate diverse applications. With its unwavering commitment to

excellence and customer satisfaction, Warren & Brown Tools stands as a trusted partner for professionals seeking top-quality tools and equipment. For inquiries or assistance in finding the perfect product for your needs, do not hesitate to contact Warren & Brown Tools today via phone at 03 9317 6888 or email at

Experience the difference with Warren & Brown Tools torque multipliers and elevate your workmanship to new heights.

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The 7pc Torque Multiplier Set 1000Nm has a ½” drive ratchet and 90° reaction bar. Images: Warren & Brown Tools. Warren & Brown Tools’ Torque Multipliers can operate in narrow spaces without compromising performance.


To the extreme

Xtreme motorsport and 4WD clutch upgrades

Whether you’re tearing up the track, conquering off-road terrain, or simply seeking an upgrade to keep up with your vehicle’s power, Xtreme Performance Clutch & Xtreme Outback Clutch have you covered. Based out of Wingfield South Australia, the Xtreme brands are the performance divisions of Australian Clutch Services (ACS) and are housed in the ACS Head Quarters, equipped with a workshop, warehouse and research & development facility to ensure constant innovation and development of performance clutch solutions for the Australian aftermarket. The Xtreme brands have been supporting the Australian automotive aftermarket in achieving vehicle performance goals for over two decades. With a profusion of clutch kits and components designed to enhance vehicle performance across all driving conditions, from heavy duty 4WD applications where users require increased torque capacity for modified off-road rigs all the way to dedicated motorsport and track vehicles pushing the limits of horsepower and heat capacity.

Xtreme Performance Clutch

Xtreme Performance Clutch caters to performance street and motorsport vehicle applications. The range embodies the Australian motorsport community with offerings to suit a plethora of performance applications including high horsepower street

vehicles, drifting, time attack, circuit racing, rallying and drag racing applications. As well as dedicated track kits where a twin, triple or even quad plate clutch is required.

Xtreme Outback Clutch

The Xtreme Outback range covers heavy and extra heavy-duty upgrades for 4WD, SUV and light commercial vehicles. With upgrades for everything from daily driven off-road vehicles through to significantly modified and tuned off-road applications.

Performance clutch upgrades

The Xtreme brands are backed by decades of industry expertise with a team of clutch professionals from engineering, research & development and assembly of parts and components. Xtreme Clutch & Xtreme Outback are nationally recognised as a trusted source of performance clutch upgrades built on the reputation of commitment to innovation, passion and excellence of meeting customer requirements and delivering a purpose built and reliable product. Additionally, the Xtreme brands offer complete clutch solutions for those who have completed an engine and or transmission swap and require a bespoke clutch solution to make their custom build come to life.

An Xtreme upgrade will provide you with an increase in torque capacity and an increase in clamp load over the factory clutch. The application and degree of performance

The Xtreme Outback Clutch is designed to excel in the harsh Aussie driving environment.

modifications will determine the correct clutch kit for your vehicle. This increase in clutch performance allows the user to tap into horsepower that may have been lost through the factory clutch slipping and failing to get the power down to the wheels effectively after modifying the vehicle.

In addition to the Xtreme brands comprehensive clutch kit selection, the two brands also offer an outstanding selection of accessories and hydraulic components which create the complete clutch solution for all areas of vehicle application. From flywheels, to master and slave cylinders, from release bearings to booster kits; the Xtreme brands cover everything you need to make your clutch system function at its fullest potential. One innovative component that was recently developed in house is the Xtreme Clutch concentric slave cylinder (CSC) which is made from a billet 6061 alloy and sits concentrically on the input shaft, eliminating the need for a standard clutch fork and pivot ball set up. This was engineered to provide a universal solution ideal for engine and transmission conversions and motorsport applications.

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The role of rubber in the Australian auto industry Rubbing shoulders

ver since Chrysler’s first chief engineer, Frederick Zeder, mounted an engine on a rubber base to absorb vibration, rubber has been the preferred choice of car designers and automotive engineers all over the world. Zeder became a legendary figure in the auto industry, responsible for innovations such as curved windshields, hydraulic brakes, and air and oil filters. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1998.

His legacy lives on in the vehicles we drive today. All the leading vehicle producers throughout the world continue to specify rubber engine mounts and suspension parts. So, what is it about rubber that makes it so important?

The rubber difference

Rubber is used to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. It has a cushioning effect.

It reduces the shock loads on the vehicle which in turn reduces the stress on other components. But it is really all about the feel of the drive. Eliminating vibrations for a smooth, responsive ride. Getting rid of any squeaks. Dampening the overall road noise so we can really enjoy our vehicles.

When it’s time for replacement it’s all about maintaining that feel that the original manufacturer intended. That means rubber and that means Transgold.

Over the last 20 years Transgold has become synonymous with high quality rubber parts. Year on year they have expanded their range and now provide unparalleled market coverage.

They have over 2,500 part numbers in each category. This means a vehicle coverage of 90 per cent-plus in the suspension space and over 97 per cent in engine mounts. That in turn means they

have the right part for all the older vehicles still on the road today. The average car in Australia is still over 10 years old. This despite the fact that over 1.2 million new cars were sold last year, the highest quantity ever. That’s a lot of models to hold parts for.

Engine mounts are sold individually but suspension bushes are sold in kits to make it super easy for replacement. The quality of replacement parts is all important.

The Transgold range are all direct OEM replacements, made to a high standard and backed by a 12 month, 20,000km warranty.

The trick to ordering the right part number is to visit the Transgold website (transgold. where professional mechanics can register to use the online portal. Here they can search not only by manufacturer and model but also by vehicle registration and VIN number.

Image: Transgold. Transgold’s rubber catalogue covers more than 90 per cent of suspension parts.


Well equipped

NAPA – a go-to destination for workshop tools and equipment

APA Auto Parts has been well established in the Australian auto industry for more than 90 years.

NAPA has mechanics sorted for the Financial New Year with its extensive selection of workshop tools and equipment from reputable brands.

By forging strong partnerships with industry leaders, NAPA ensures that automotive professionals have access to the finest tools and equipment necessary to service any part of a vehicle with confidence and efficiency.


NAPA offers a comprehensive range of hoists, including two-post, four-post, inground, scissor, and column lifts, suitable for vehicles of all sizes up to 65 tonnes. These hoists are sourced from leading global manufacturers, guaranteeing top-tier reliability, safety, and performance.

Brands: Direct Lift, Forward Lift, Molnar, and Autopsenhoj


NAPA’s selection of jacks and stands is designed for safety and ease of use, with options like low profile and air-actuated models to suit every workshop’s needs. This range is complemented by transmission lifters for various vehicles, emphasising NAPA’s comprehensive lifting solutions.

Brands: Borum, Omega Lift, and Tradequip

Brake Service Equipment

NAPA’s brake service equipment supports top-tier brake services with bench and on-car brake lathes, roadworthy compliant testers, and innovative tools for passenger and heavy-duty vehicles. The aim is to boost workshop efficiency and reliability in brake servicing.

Brands: Circuitlink, Pro Cut, and RDA Brakes

Wheels and Alignment

NAPA leads with advanced wheel and alignment tools, including intuitive 3D Alignment systems and the world’s most innovative wireless 3D alignment system, available exclusively through NAPA and GPC Asia Pacific. The tyre changers cater to a broad range of vehicles, supporting wheels up to 2.8 tonnes.

Brands: John Bean

NAPA Auto Parts ensures mechanics are equipped with the most up-to-date alignment equipment.

covering a wide range of vehicles. The selection includes equipment compatible with OEM programming.

Brands: Autel, Foxwell, Hella Gutmann, and Zenith

Garage Equipment

Need quality tyre changing equipment? NAPA has you sorted.

Air Compressors

NAPA provides a full suite of air compressors and accessories for workshops of all sizes, featuring heavy-duty models and essential accessories like hoses and retractable hose systems.

Brands: Alemlube, Chicago Pneumatic, Jamec Pem, Retracta, Tradequip, and Peerless

Air Conditioning Service

NAPA’s air conditioning tools cater to efficient recovery, recharge, and recycling, accommodating refrigerants like R134a and R1234yf. The selection ranges from simple manual tools to advanced automatic machines.

Brands: OEX, Mastercool, and Robinair

Roadworthy Equipment

NAPA supplies essential roadworthy equipment, including brake check tools and light circuit testers, complemented by a range of parts to complete roadworthy certifications.

Brands: Circuitlink and Monroe


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NAPA enriches workshops with a versatile range of equipment for greasing, lubrication, pressing, cleaning, and cooling, tailored to vehicles large and small while promoting environmental responsibility. The equipment is chosen to enhance workshop efficiency and safety, particularly in high temperatures.

Brands: Borum, CRC, Karcher, McNaught, Portacool, Powerlube, and Tradequip

Specialty Tools

NAPA ensures workshops have access to specialised tools for every task, from smash repairs to brake services, catering to auto electricians, mechanics, and more.

Brands: Endeavour Tools, Narva, OEX, RDA Brakes, and Toledo

Power Tools

Milwaukee Tool supplies NAPA with a range of quality power tools, including drills, soldering irons, and comprehensive kits, all backed by advanced technology and long-life batteries.

Brand: Milwaukee Tool

Hand Tools

NAPA supports workshops with durable hand tools for daily trade use, including screwdrivers, spanners, and socket wrenches, from the leading brands in the trade tool business.

Brands: Milwaukee Tool and Toledo



NAPA partners with industry leaders to offer everything for welding, from equipment to safety gear, ensuring protection and quality in welding tasks.

Brand: Cigweld

Storage Solutions

Improve workshop efficiency and cleanliness with NAPA’s storage solutions,

including tool bags, boxes, workbenches, and cabinets, featuring heavy-duty components and integrated power.

Brands: Mechpro, Milwaukee Tool, and Tradequip

All these options underscore NAPA’s commitment to providing workshops with access to the latest and most efficient technologies in vehicle maintenance. Make the most of tax season and check out for the latest deals

With auto repairs getting more technical by the year, mechanics need comprehensive diagnostics. NAPA Auto Parts has a selection of diagnostic tools and equipment for the modern mechanic. Images: NAPA Auto Parts.


Time after time

GMB upgrades with Premium Timing Belts and Drive Belts

GMB has expanded its premium product lineup by introducing Premium Timing Belt Kits and Drive Belts, joining its growing array of highquality offerings.

The comprehensive selection of Timing Belt Kits and Drive Belts can be found in GMB’s digital catalogue. Sales of Timing Belt Kits in the Oceanic region have surged as customers recognise GMB’s dedication

maintaining consistency and reliability throughout. Mechanics worldwide rely on GMB components for their quality, dependability, and competitive pricing.

For inquiries, reach out to GMB at 1300 007 132 or visit to locate an authorised stockist nearby.

The fact that GMB sells over 500,000 timing belt kits and 1.6 million timing components annually worldwide

GMB’s range also includes:

• Water Pumps

• Universal Joints

• Wheel Hub Assemblies

• Wheel Bearings

• Fan Clutch

• Tie Rod Ends

• Rack Ends

• Sway Bar Links

• Ball Joints

GMB manufactures its belts, tensioners and idlers, meaning quality is ensured in every box.

• Control Arms

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Dual purpose

Thin-walled impact rated sockets

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Locked and loaded

Dual Action sets appeal to those working across many different applications. Servicing cars one day, to repairing farm machinery the next. If swapping between a hand ratchet and a rattle gun, Dual Action provides the user with convenience, safety and cost savings.

A one-stop-shop when it comes to impact sockets and accessories, Dual Action has a huge range and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The Dual Action range of multipurpose impact sockets are available individually and in sets of varying sizes including 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” drives in Metric,

Imperial, in both standard and deep variants. Accessories include wobble extension bars, universal joints, ratchet handle with quick release, adapters and spark plug sockets. All sets are available in 6 or 12-point and come in their own custom case. There are also combination kits which include both Metric and Imperial sockets which are particularly popular with

the trucking and agricultural industry. Stocked in over 120 resellers across metro and regional Australia, when you are ready to get serious about your tools, the best action you can take is Dual Action.

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Braking good

Why DBA is considered #1 choice by workshops

or over four decades, Disc Brakes Australia (DBA) has stood as the unrivalled leader in disc brake manufacturing across Australia. From its humble beginnings, the company has evolved into a powerhouse, synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in the automotive industry. However, DBA’s story is about more than just manufacturing discs; it’s about pioneering complete braking solutions that set new standards and redefine performance on the road.

Deep development

An integral part of DBA’s success lies within its dedicated in-house research and development team. DBA ensures that every aspect of its braking systems is meticulously designed, rigorously tested, and continually improved. Utilising only the finest grade materials, DBA leaves no stone unturned in crafting brakes that exceed expectations in both performance and durability.

While DBA’s legacy began with rotors nearly half a century ago, the company’s vision extends far beyond these components. Today, DBA boasts a comprehensive range of braking solutions, including brake pads, hydraulic

components, brake fluid, and brake wear sensors.

DBA’s diverse selection of brake pads is tailored to various driving styles and applications, whether it’s daily commuting with Street Series pads, towing heavy loads and off-road adventures with Street Performance and Xtreme Performance pads, or high-performance track racing with Race Performance pads. One of DBA’s hallmark achievements is its ability to provide customisation combinations that adapt to the demands of the vehicle for an optimised braking experience.

Comprehensive brakeage

DBA covers 97 per cent of the Australian car parc, having crafted a vast number of components to suit an array of driving styles. Its Street Series OE-replacement line offers over 3000 individual brake rotors & drums, 1500+ brake pads & shoes and 2500+ hydraulic brake parts.

DBA’s Upgrade Performance tier, 4000 Series, offers over 1400 brake rotors and 600+ brake pad variations. While at the top, their 5000 Series gives the performance-oriented driver a choice of 800+ unique brake rotors and 375+ brake pads.

On your side

What sets DBA apart is not just its products but its ethos of continuous innovation and customer-centric approach. By staying at the forefront of technological advancements and actively engaging with the automotive community, DBA remains poised to meet the evolving demands of modern drivers. Whether it’s pioneering new materials, refining manufacturing processes, or collaborating with industry experts, DBA remains committed in its pursuit of excellence.

As DBA looks towards the future, its commitment to providing complete braking solutions remains unrelenting. With a legacy built on quality, innovation, and reliability, DBA is not just a manufacturer – it’s a driving force behind safer, more efficient, and more exhilarating automotive experiences. Trust DBA to deliver braking solutions that exceed expectations and elevate performance to new heights.

As a result and maybe somewhat unsurprisingly, DBA has repeatedly been voted #1 brake rotor brand by Australian workshops.

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Diagnosing core issues for mechanics Into the future

The rapidly changing world of automotive technology can leave some business owners bewildered and daunted. In such situations there is nothing like calling in the experts to overcome technical problems so workshops can get on with the job of delivering to the customer.

One thing the team at Repairify share with almost every workshop owner and technician, is that they are driven by the fundamental industry objective; to get damaged cars back on the road, safely and efficiently.

The problem

Since launching with its cutting-edge diagnostic tools in Australia late in 2023 Repairify has seen a rapid uptake of their services, a change Repairify Managing Director – International Phil Peace can only see increasing as Australia adopts more and more of the latest technology.

“What we’re seeing is the market evolving extremely quickly in terms of the technology within the vehicles and the speed at which OEMs are developing vehicles,” Peace said.

“The repair industry naturally needs to follow and understand because they’re repairing those vehicles in which that

technology is incorporated.”

While new cars will often return to dealers for service and mechanical repairs in their first four years of life, body repairs and glass are often directed much sooner into the independent repair industry.

“What we have seen is the growth of secure gateways on vehicles, this means that the vehicles are locked down or you can’t access certain modules unless you are using the OEM tools and that’s really where we’ve helped many organisations find the solutions,” Peace said.

This is only the beginning of a global automotive trend. Repairify’s global operations have shown them some significant precedents in Europe and the US.

“We’re starting to see similar trends in the Australian marketplace and the requirements for more cars to be calibrated or programmed through the gateway,” Peace added.

“It’s one of the challenges for the body shops today, that they need the latest technology to be able to get the vehicle back on the road. And that’s the reason we exist.”

The solution

Repairify offers a diagnostic tool - a tabletbased device known as the “All-In-One”

which enables the workshop to complete local diagnostics, performed at the car side by a technician from the workshop. But critically when gateways or new technology prevent the technician from going further, Repairify’s services allow them to undertake remote diagnostics with the help of their experts.

“Obviously, you can take the vehicle to a franchise dealer, but the challenge with that is you’ve got to move the car,” Peace said.

“The dealer often doesn’t really want to do it, and it can take them a few days to book a calibration in. And in each case, you’re extending the key-to-key time, not to mention the expense of towing. Alternatively, you can get a subcontractor into your workshop but often you don’t know what their qualifications are, what insurance or warranty they have or what tool they’re using.

“With Repairify’s Remote Services, you’re plugging the vehicle in and we’re coding, calibrating and diagnosing the car using the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s tool and our own qualified technicians.”

An example of the crucial time advantage of Remote Services – Peace said - has come into focus where there are modern

Images: Repairify. Training at Repairify is a vital part of keeping the team across OEM technological developments.

windscreen repairs on vehicles equipped with ADAS cameras.

“You can’t afford to move the car from a cost perspective and you can’t afford to move the car from a customer experience point of view. The customer expects to take that vehicle in to have the glass replaced and then drive it off in about an hour or two. We help them because they’re able to use our equipment remotely. We will then program and calibrate that camera over the air for them, with a minimum of delay and the customer can take the car away, safe in the knowledge that that car is correctly calibrated.”

Repairify Australia General Manager Tristan Sender says the benefits for the workshop to have this added flexibility are many, including to workshop revenue as it allows them to retain the allowances insurers have for calibration.

“The beauty of it is that you don’t need to

take it to a dealership to have that job done. There’s two major advantages. The first is speed. Key to key time is massively sped up because you basically do it there and then in your workshop. The second is you also keep that revenue directly inside your shop because you can complete the whole job from start to finish. Importantly by being able to access secure gateways using our OEM tools you can keep jobs in house that you would previously have been unable to complete.”

Sender says this streamlined process is beneficial for the whole industry, from the

satisfied customer to the insurance company that is covering the cost.

“It’s a win-win situation for the insurance company, body shop and customer. The time that the car is off the road is lower, which is good for customer service and customer retention and time saved results in reduced repair costs. For example, customers have courtesy cars on their policies or can be using not at fault rental vehicles so reducing the repair time can have a significant impact on the total cost. From an insurance perspective there is a massive amount of benefit to having cars fixed quicker.”


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ACM Parts spearheading sustainable parts

recycling Waste not

About 850,000 vehicles reach the end of their lives each year in Australia. That equates to about 980,000 tonnes of waste produced per year.

ACM Parts is an Australian leader when it comes to finding ways to re-use, recycle and re-purpose vehicle parts and components.

It also aims to lead the charge when it comes to sustainability.

ACM Parts Executive General Manager

Adam O’Sullivan said the company annually dismantles about 8,000 vehicles, salvaging more than 100,000 parts and subassemblies.

“That doesn’t sound like many vehicles, but it makes us the biggest dismantler in Australia by far,” he said.

“A lot of those 850,000 cars end up in the scrapyard … a huge amount of them end up overseas. They get put in containers and

sent to other countries around the world where the recycling practises aren’t to the same standard that they are in Australia.

“We know that we hold ourselves to a standard which means there is very little negative environmental impact from our end.”

ACM Parts and parent company AMA Group have registered a more than 50 per cent increase in usage of recycled parts nationally.

Nothing to waste

While ACM Parts can salvage plenty of

Images: Prime Creative Media. ACM Parts supplies bumper material to be made into re-usable packaging.

parts fit for re-selling, it also finds uses for parts that can’t be saved.

This includes recyclable and returnable packaging, which is made from reused bumper bars.

“Those parts go to a recycler, who then turns it into reusable packaging that we use as we put parts on the shelf,” Adam said.

“We get them back from our customers and use them again and again. It adds a circular piece to that packaging component.”

ACM Parts is also continuing to expand its headlamp refurbishment program, as the cost of replacing a full headlight rises for consumers.

“We harvest all our headlamps from dismantling sites … if we can repair those by replacing lug or polishing a lens for example, we can put those back into the circular economy.

“With the complexity and technology going into headlights, it’s not uncommon for them to cost $2,500.

“If we can repair something like a small crack within the housing in the headlight, we can save the insurer or end customer the cost of replacing it with a brand-new component.”

This initiative results in more than 2,000

lamps going back into the market. It also underscores ACM Parts’ drive to reintroduce many useable components, thus mitigating the mass production of brandnew parts.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

ACM Parts has been shortlisted for the Australian Financial Review ’s

Sustainability Leaders List.

This list showcases Australia’s leaders in successful utilising sustainable practises in their business model(s).

Find out more information about ACM Parts and its sustainability push online at

ACM Parts dismantlers try to re-use as much from a car as possible, even down to fluids, air conditioner gas and copper/wiring.

Awards celebrate industry’s biggest contributors Achievers collide

anel beater and spray painter Craig Carey’s decades of dedication to the auto industry has received the recognition it deserves.

He received the National Collision Repairer Magazine ’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award in April.

Panel repair and auto stakeholders gathered at Aerial in South Wharf, Melbourne to celebrate those who’ve made major contributions to the industry.

The event was supported by Repairify, Capricorn, AMA Group, PPG, Car-O-Liner, BASF and Sheen, iag, VACC, SAPE Group, AAA Radiators, National Windscreens, Partscheck and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.

Craig has been heavily involved in the industry for more than 40 years.

He started his fi rst collision repair business in Tasmania in 1989 – Longford Bodyworks, and later co-founded another auto business in Launceston with his brother-in-law.

“It’s really humbling to be recognised by your peers after such a long time and when there are so many of them in the room,” Craig said.

“I’ve made some lifelong friends both in the panel beating and paint industry and the insurance industry.”

In 2017, he joined the AMA Group, which helped him expand into other states. Towards the end of his career, he worked with AMA in a national capacity, mentoring and training centre managers and teams across Australia.

Young and bold

As well as the Lifetime Achievement Award, two new accolades were presented to two equally deserving individuals.

MPSR Chief Administrative Officer Sarah Karavasilias was named the inaugural Women in Automotive award winner.

After working as a criminal lawyer for eight years, Sarah decided to pivot to the auto world and grow the family collision repair business MPSR.

No stranger to male dominated industries; Sarah said her acclimatisation to the panel repair world was aided

substantially by husband and business partner Johnny Karavasilias.

“Without Johnny I wouldn’t be able to receive this award and he enables me to be a trailblazer in the industry,” she said.

“With Johnny and the MPSR Group by my side, we really want to help the automotive industry to continue and thrive.

“I am really focussing on trying to get the word out there to young people to get them into the industry. We have a lot to offer.”

The inaugural Next Generation Leader Award went to Nick Batey.

Nick’s worked in the auto industry for 10 years, playing a pivotal role at Port Melbourne-based outfit Fix Auto.

Images: Prime Creative Media. Lawyer-turned panel repair businesswoman Sarah Karavasilias took home the Women in Automotive Award, pictured with PPG General Manager Paul Galea. Repairify General Manager Tristan Sender presented Craig Carey with his well-earned Lifetime Achievement Award. Nick Batey was the inaugural Next Generation Leader Award winner, pictured with Capricorn CEO Automotive Bradley Gannon.

A vital part

Burson backs local

Over the years, Burson Auto Parts has committed to being a part of the community in more ways than one. From major sporting competitions to local groups, Burson’s passion for community has always gifted its business the ability to give back and allow individuals to have their moment to shine. Burson backs the next generation of racers, car clubs, sporting groups, and support numerous organisations within our local communities.

Passion for sponsoring

All partnerships are an integral part of Burson Auto Parts. Its team builds personal and genuine connection to ensure long lasting relationships. It’s about getting the best out of everyone involved, and Burson aims to ensure that the partnerships we invest in align with our purpose and our values. Working with various motorsport teams and content creators has further ensured Burson’s name is top of mind for its customers.

In saying this, Burson loves supporting local communities and businesses. Our local store initiative allows Burson to make a difference where it counts. It’s focused on creating a safe, family environment through our Cars and Coffee events that allow passionate car enthusiasts to gather and bond over their pride and joys. It’s the perfect way for Burson to back locals, whilst fostering inclusion and our true love for automotive.

Geared toward grassroots

Community is such a big part of what Burson is about. With 213 stores nationwide, it’s no surprise that Burson has gained great respect through the relationships its store managers have formed with locals. Burson Auto Parts is continuously looking to add more partners to its community and invites any business that aligns with Burson’s core values to touch base with their local store. Burson’s presence at events such as Rockynats, Motorvation, Historic Touring Car Race meetings, Cars and Coffee, Cricket, Netball clubs and more further proves that Burson Backs Local.

Burson Auto Parts continues to be there for customers and the people around it. Without the community, Burson would not be what it is today. If you have an opportunity for Burson to back you, make sure you get in contact with your local store at au/find-a-store. Join the conversation and stay up to date with the latest news and behind the scenes by following our socials @bursonautoparts on Facebook/Instagram

Burson’s 213 store locations nationwide ensure its easily available for customers.

Images: supplied by Burson. Burson Auto Parts is deeply rooted in the Aussie auto community.

Movie Magic

We visit Brisbane’s new Motor Museum to enjoy a sprinkling of stardust


Think Back to the Future and the car’s the real star: a 1983 DMC DeLorean still looks from another time. 1967 Highland Green Ford Mustang pays tribute to Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Ford v Ferrari Ford GT40; Gone in 60 Seconds GT500CR ‘Eleanor’.

There are some movies and TV shows where cars comprehensively eclipse the characters. Think DeLorean DMC-12 in Back to the Future, or The Saint’s Volvo P1800. There’s the underwater Lotus Esprit S1 in James Bond’s The Spy Who Loved Me, and while Burt Reynolds’ moustache ran it close, we remember the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am most from Smokey and the Bandit.

Rather wonderfully, versions of these silver screen superstars have gone on display at the recently-opened Brisbane Motor Museum. “Seen on the Screen” is the latest exhibit to grace the polished floors of this relatively small but impressive museum, where themes and vehicles change every few months. You see, unlike most car museums which have permanent exhibits, this Brisbane one keeps things fresh by entirely replacing the 70 or so vehicles on show, relying on collectors, enthusiasts and car clubs to help fill the room with new stuff. Ergo, there’s nothing dusty with flat tyres here.

I’m no stranger to car museums. I make a point of dragging the family to any we’re passing when on holidays and road trips. Some are mind-blowing, others a bit remote and cobbled together. The BMM, as I’ll call it, feels rather unique. It’s intimate, beautifully lit with professional gallery lighting, and peaceful thanks to acoustic tiles in the ceiling. And the quality of cars shows serious thought and enthusiasm on behalf of the curators.


Museum director is Jackson Smith, who gave me a tour of the facilities. There’s a motoring library, spacious club room with car art gracing the walls, café, model and memorabilia displays and gentleman’s clubtype seating. On entering, the foyer gives a taste for the cars upstairs. In this case I’m greeted by a couple of Goggomobils from TV ads, a BMW Z3 of the type James Bond drove and even a giant Dalek and TARDIS British police box from Doctor Who.

At time of writing, tickets are $25 per adult, $12.50 for teenagers and free for kids under 12. An annual adult pass is $70, which would make sense considering the rotation of cars here. Since opening in June 2023, the BMM’s exhibits have included ‘Cars We Grew Up With’, ’99 Years of British’, ‘Vehicles of Speed’, ‘Muscle Cars’ and ‘Stylish Germans’. ‘Jaguar Stories’ and ‘Ford vs Holden’ are next on the agenda.

“When we start the current exhibit, we’re

1967 VW 1300 Deluxe Herbie replica dressed up to mimic the Beetle’s style in 1968’s The Love Bug. This is the actual 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz that starred in Baz Luhrmann’s recent Elvis movie.

always working on the next one, teeing it up and coordinating with owners to get the vehicles in for that time,” said BMM’s director, Jackson Smith. “Most are pretty shellshocked to get their vehicle into a museum, so they’re keen to put them in for three months. A lot of people look at it at times when they’re doing other stuff like renovating their house or going away on holiday.” And why wouldn’t you when your special car’s stored in climate controlled loveliness for others to enjoy?

I enter the immaculately presented main hall and literally don’t know where to look first. There’s a replica Ford GT40 referencing the Ford v Ferrari movie; a doors-up DeLorean looking for 1985; Ford GT500CR (or Eleanor) from Gone in 60 Seconds, and Ron Goodman’s impossibly beautiful 1953 Porsche 356 Coupe from Australian documentary The Road to Monterey.

A Highland Green 1967 Ford Mustang fastback brings back memories of Steve McQueen flying and skidding through the humped streets of San Francisco in Bullitt, and a neat touch is playing the movie’s famed chase scene on a television in front of the car. It’s intoxicating. The same’s done with a 1953 Sunbeam Alpine - used in 1955’s To Catch A Thief – with the movie strikingly projected on the white wall behind the car.

Of course these aren’t the actual cars that starred in the above movies, but there are some genuine articles here. There’s a 1983 Chevy Silverado used in Aquaman; the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz from Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis; a 2007 Harley V-Rod that featured in Fast and Furious 4; a 1978 Pontiac Firebird from The Rockford Files; and a 1981 Nissan Silvia, 1976 Datsun 260Z and 1970 Holden HG Kingswood from Boy Swallows Universe.

Time machines

It’s eclectic to the extreme. The modified crowd can enjoy a 1994 Toyota Supra and Paul Walker-tribute 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse from The Fast and The Furious, while old-school gamers will love a 1994 Toyota Celica GT4 dressed up perfectly to mimic the Sega Rally Championship cars.

For TV show buffs, a replica DRAGU-LA from The Musters, replica 1966 Monkeemobile, Mr Bean’s Mini and 1974 Ford Gran Tornio from Starsky and Hutch are of exceptional quality, then who could miss a 1967 VW Beetle dressed up like Herbie, a genuine 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300SL and a 1967 Benz 250 SL

Pagoda – German classics that would improve the aesthetics of any movie.

“We wanted to make sure when you came here you were amazed by the vehicles you saw, but also the venue itself,” Jackson said. That’s reflected in a decent start for the museum with more than 12,000 tickets sold in its first eight months after opening. “And at the end of the day, with the exhibits changing all the time, it gives you more of a reason to come back.”

Genuine enthusiasm is something that can’t be faked. Jackson may only be 26 years-old, but his passion project’s a classic Jaguar XJ6 Series III – not the typical automotive choice of a Gen Z. “My grandfather’s a big car collector who just loves English cars,” he explained. “We wanted to create a place where we could bring our vehicles to, as well as everyone else’s.”

It’s a family venture that’s clearly a passion project, something car enthusiasts will recognise and appreciate. Those of us

familiar with shifting around cars to make them fit – be it our clogged garages, yards or workshops – will sympathise with moving 70-odd vehicles out and another 70 in when it comes time to change the exhibit.

The main museum is on the second storey, and cars come in and out on a sizeable internal lift. “It’s six and a half metres long and rated up to three tonnes,” Jackson explains. “We went the extra mile with the length so we didn’t cut the end off anything bringing it up!”

Credit to all involved for this impressive new museum. Little wonder clubs, groups, and corporates have chosen it as a compelling new destination in Brisbane for meetings, talks or just to grab some food and drink with a car-packed backdrop. My kids don’t know it yet, but rest assured they’ll be getting dragged around it every three months as each new exhibition arrives.


The museum’s foyer features a giant Dalek and TARDIS from Doctor Who, hinting at the automotive movie and TV magic waiting inside.
Incredible replica DRAG-U-LA from The Munsters, replica 1966 Monkeemobile, and the Bandit’s 1977 Pontiac Trans Am behind Gorgeous cabinetry at the museum house an array of memorabilia and models, like this Martini Racing Porsche 935. Sydney-built aluminium and fibreglass 2007 Harley V-Rod was seen in Fast and Furious 4
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