Wayne was born with horsepower in his heart, petrol in his veins and it’s even legend that his mother cut his baby formula with high-performance engine oil.
It’s also rumoured that that the legs of Wayne’s childhood bed were made from old forged-steel crankshafts and that he still sleeps with a small block Chevy con rod under his pillow.
Whether true or not, what is true is that Wayne and his shop, A1 Automotive & Marine have been synonymous with performance tuning and engineering for over 20 years. His own “Smokin’ Heads” ski-race boats, powered by small block Chevys, were top class in major events across Australia (Wayne still holds an open 6.0L class speed record from almost 10 years ago).
Starting out as a mechanic with QANTAS, Wayne’s true loves were the small block Chevy V8, ski-race boats and flat-out speed. He spent his off-duty time (days and nights) in his combined garage/home-shop/bedroom, crafting the art of extracting engine performance and applying it successfully to his own race boats and street machines. Wayne didn’t chase the latest fads, one-size-fits-all or “bolt-on performance” trends. What he chased was the deepest modifications, parts combinations, settings and tune-up for each specific situation.
This attracted the attention of other racers so with demand for his brand of performance technique increasing, Wayne took his passion and started A1 Automotive & Marine.
After occupying several service station workshops and with business booming, he settled into his current Miranda-based workshop some 15 years ago.
Head to A1 Automotive & Marine for all your auto and marine needs.