Autothority was formed back in 2001, after a chance meeting in Christchurch, where both Glyn and Wayne were each looking at a business in Christchurch.
Glyn was moving from Auckland to Christchurch after selling the famous Fast Forward Garage, and was looking for a new challenge in Canterbury. Wayne had identified an unfilled niche in Canterbury. 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.
Both Wayne and Glyn are active members of the Porsche Club of New Zealand.
Boyce Paki is our latest full-time addition. He's undertaking an apprenticeship with us, and learning the ropes, just like in the good old days. Boyce will grow in his role over time, and he is an excellent addition to the team.
Iain Langham officially joined the team in 2010 after doing some in-work for us. Ian 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.
Robyn Rump (not shown) has joined the team 3 days a week. Robyn takes care of our office duties; invoicing and generally keeping everyone in line.
Additionally, we have two new juniors beavering away on various projects - so that brings the total team number to eight now, and growing...
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.
Glyn and Wayne are currently working on a "Porsche Kombi" which they are fitting a 3.0-litre 911 engine into! Talk about a fast camping trip!
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..."
Glyn’s collection is slightly more eclectic. He has a 356A Cabriolet currently being restored, a Peugeot 205 GTi with twin cam motor, a '69 2.2-litre 911E (RHD) being restored, and a New Zealand Special sports racing car.
As well as this lovely 356 in restoration. It needed a whole new back end after being stripped to bare metal. The Americans had destroyed the rear end and filled it with 11 kilos of bog...