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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept 2012
Active RetireesTM | 43 Jim Ghelis opened his own automotive engineering shop 12 years ago and has chased perfection ever since. I started as a young apprentice in 1983 in Europe and ran a lot of shops when I was young. I came to Australia chasing my dream and, early on, did a bit of racing, a bit of performance, but mostly normal cars. I put all the elements of experience I needed together, from the franchisee model, to the ‘modern new car’ model, to the exotic model, to the performance model, and then I opened Tunehouse in 2001. Originally we came from the Japanese import market like Subarus – that’s what got us up and running. The local cars were the next step and at the moment we’re penetrating the European car market. Because working on European cars is new, it’s more exciting for me. From time to time we work on vintage cars. We service the niche market, the guys who want it perfect -- I know how to work on the old cars. We’re very well known now. We’ve been very successful, we’ve had a lot of drag-racing records and a lot of time attack – we’ve done really well. We’re competing again this year, and should do well. It’s a big meeting for us. We have also recently been named Australia’s Most Professional Workshop by the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers. The industry has changed a lot. A mechanic used to have to be good with his hands, but today, it’s also very high-tech, you have to be into electronics and mechanical. It’s very hard to fnd new guys – they’re very complicated systems that we work on. It’s hard to fnd good technicians in Australia and there’s no one available. We’re losing a lot of the young guys to other industries -- that’s the biggest problem.•• In the old days, a mechanic used to have to be good with his hands, but today, it's also very high-tech. ! John King with his 1967 HR Holden Station Wagon. It's only done 27,000 miles and the spare wheel's never been on the road. $ Jim Ghelis in his workshop, which has been commended for its cleanliness and this year was named Australia's most professional.
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