About Autothority

Who We Are

Autothority was formed back in 2001, after a chance meeting in Christchurch.

Wayne had identified an unfilled niche in Canterbury, and he was wanting to move from servicing Porsche cars at home in his spare time, into a full time profession servicing and repairing Porsche cars.


The Autothority crew, January 2016. Click for a larger image in a new tab
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Robyn Rump has joined the team 3 days a week. Robyn takes care of our office duties; invoicing and generally keeping everyone in line.

Boyce Paki has been with us over 2 years now, and has almopst completed his electrical and mechanical training. Boyce has developed into a highly capable and extremely competent mechanic during his time with us.

Wayne Graves mechanic, and owner.

James Hopman is the latest full-time addition to the crew, and he is working out very well indeed.

Iain Langham is our Workshop Manager, and he officially joined the team in 2010. Iain brings a wealth of experience with him; his expertise in restoration and computer repairs is very valueable indeed. His experience with Link EM computers can save our clients thousands in replacement costs. Ian did his trade as a spray painter but extended his studies into fabrication and panel repairs. While we still outsource all paint work, Ian's time is mainly spent working on some of the oldest cars in the workshop. His general electrical skills and attention to detail mean our 356 and pre-impact projects are coming along nicely.

what cars do we have?

Wayne's 911S and 1-Family VW Beetle

Wayne's widebody classic wace car project - now completed Wayne drives a 1973 911E Coupe, as well as the famous 1972 911S Coupe. He is currently building a new race car; a 1973 911 2.8 RSR in Raspbery ("The Pink Pig"), to be used in Classic Racing (See the projects page for details and progress). He also runs a lovely example 928 S4 as a frequent-driver. Wayne’s wife Jo has a 1958 356A coupe.

Wayne also has a one-family-only 1962 VW Beetle which is used for classic rallies, and the daily driver is a twin cab VW Transporter which is mostly used at the workshop.

The Pink Pig in action at Ruapuna during the Skope 2012 meeting

Wayne’s first Porsche was a 1971 911E coupe which he brought and restored in London in the early '80s and imported into New Zealand in 1987.

What got Wayne interested in Porsche all those years ago? "I got back to England in the early '80s and hooked up with an old friend who I had raced motor bikes with back in New Zealand some years before. Gary’s words were, 'Graves, these Porsches are the next best thing to a road race bike. You need one.' He then took me for a spin in a 1973 911 2.7 RS ex factory rally spec. The rest is history..."

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