Greg Maskell grew up in Wunghnu, a small country town in Victoria. Surrounded by farming land, he was interested in all things mechanical. Now based in Shepparton, Greg and his partner Julie have twin boys, Nash and Arlen. Together they own a very successful automotive restoration shop. Greg has a passion for excellence and a “nothing’s impossible” attitude, which have shaped his life and every car he has built. Greg started repairing small things on cars then advanced to bigger and better, always pushing himself to do harder projects and striving for better quality. After some of his own car projects were completed, he had interest from other people to do work on their cars. With a request to do a full restoration on a ’61 Thunderbird convertible, the word had got out. Greg had to make the decision to leave his full time employment and go out on his own.
Julie has worked previously in the automotive and industrial paint industry and has a reasonable understanding of trade talk. Julie loves her American Quarter horses, her two Scottish Terriers: Bear and Bruce and riding her pushy in the spare moments that become available. She also enjoys taking her XR Fairmont out for a spin to blow the dust off occasionally.
Shane started his working career as a Panel Beater after leaving high school. He then transitioned into Spray Painting when he began then completed his Spray Painter’s apprenticeship with Maskells. During every year of his apprenticeship, Shane was awarded Apprentice of the Year in his field. He is qualified Certificate III in both Automotive Refinishing Technology and Automotive Panel Beating.
McKaybe began his working career doing Work Experience with Maskells as a 15 year old. He has since completed his Apprenticeship Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology with us. He is an ardent HR and XA Falcon fan. Away from work McKaybe enjoys camping and fishing.
Kevin is a highly experienced Vehicle Mechanic. He began his Motor Mechanic Apprenticeship with Ford some 50 years ago. He spent nine years in the Military working on vehicles ranging from Land Rovers to trucks, earth moving tanks and well drilling rigs. He is a VACC accredited “A” Grade Mechanical Engineer and certified engine builder and Dyno tester and tuner. Kevin ran his own business for 30 years before joining the Maskells team.
Jazzy is currently completing her apprenticeship in Certificate III in Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology. Since joining the team in July 2020, she has gained knowledge and experience on how to trim custom seats and various panels out of a range of fabric and even aluminium. She brings a wealth of experience in metal shaping to our team. She has also built her own car over a 6 year period. In doing so, she has learnt how to do every aspect of the build herself, aside from the trim, which she has been learning through her apprenticeship with Maskells. Jazzy is a very highly skilled trimmer for such a young age.
Garry is a qualified indentured Fitter Machinist, having completed his Fitter Machinist Apprenticeship over 40 years ago. Professionally, he has worked on and has built Hot Rods and Speedway cars both here and in the USA. As a hobby he has spent 50 years building Hot Rods, Speedway Cars, classic vehicles and motorcycles. Another hobby of his is collecting Hot Wheel car toys. He has over 1,000 in his collection. He and his partner also run a small horse stud in their spare time.
Matt completed his Automotive Painting apprenticeship in a large smash repair shop in country Victoria before heading to Melbourne to work in a prestige European smash shop. He then spent a couple of years in the Gold Coast before returning to Shepparton where he spent 5 years running the paint shop at a local motor panel. He then made the switch to custom cars in 2014. Having painted various elite cars, Matt has won Top Body and Paint at multiple shows and has had his work on the cover of Street Machine magazine a few times. He enjoys spending time with his son and terrorising the streets on his Harley.
Luke has a passion for custom cars and has excellent attention to detail. A fully qualified Metal Fabricator and Boiler Maker, with over 20 years of experience in the engineering/fabrication trade and mostly in the custom automotive industry, Luke takes great pride in his work. He also has a welding ticket in TIG welding.
Sophie is the newest member of our team joining in October 2020. Sophie has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the bookkeeping field, having been in the accounting industry for over 30 years. She is passionate about her role and the satisfaction it brings. Having many male family members, she grew up surrounded by Fords and can appreciate the passion people have for their cars and has seen first hand the enjoyment a car can bring.