David’s knowledge of the industry plus his industry contacts throughout Australia and overseas markets, especially the US, are second to none. He has been a guest speaker on many occasions at NACE (National Autobody Congress & Exposition – USA) and also SEMA – USA, which are some of the largest expos for the collision repair industry in the world. He has also been a guest speaker at IBIS (International Bodyshop Industry Symposium), which is an annual forum for the industry that meets in various European locations. He is on the board of I-CAR Australia, a position he has held since I-CAR Australia was launched. “The launch of The National Collision Repairer magazine in Australia in 2005 was a natural progression for me. NCR now offers shop owners and service providers further knowledge, current news, interesting views and more information within the industry. With the sale of the magazine to Joe and Josephine the legacy continues. They will continue to produce a quality magazine and it will no doubt go from strength to strength. The magazine could not be in better hands and the legacy will continue.”
Owen is currently working with Motoractive, looking after HOK in Australia and running their show program, including MotorEx, the largest indoor car show in Australia. This brings together all the best aspects of the automotive industry, showing exciting cars, bikes and connected businesses. He has also been involved with Summernats, where he has been a chief steward for more than 20 years. Owen has judged at many national and regional shows and enjoys giving back to the car community, passing on his knowledge and skills – as well as writing for the magazine of course!
Owen was recently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) and also received the National Collision Repairer Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015.
John’s love of cars has seen him become very involved in increasing the communication and combined activities of car clubs and automotive enthusiasts across Australia and around the world. John is a member of a car enthusiast family. Together they own a number of classic GM vehicles and can be seen cruising to different events throughout the year.
He is actively involved as an announcer/commentator for many of the major car events across Australia, including amongst others: Meguiar’s MotorEx (alternating between Sydney and Melbourne), Street Machine Magazine Summernats in Canberra in January (John is featuring on Radio Revhead as well as a range of other parts of the car festival), Top Gear Festival co-anchor, Ferrari Racing Days co-anchor, Australian Muscle Car Masters lead commentator, MC for the Sydney General Motors Display Day, MC for the NSW Hot Rod and Custom Auto Expo.
He is also called upon as a subject matter expert in muscle cars (Australian and American) for magazines and television both locally and internationally.
He has participated in multiple Hot Rod Magazine Power Tours, Hot August Nights, Woodward Ave Dream Cruise, Good Guys Festivals, Bonneville Speedweeks and been to over 50 Autorama events and related ISCA car shows over the past 20 years.
John has also led a number of benchmarking tours to international destinations. With his strong international network he is able to get to people behind the scenes and learn more from in-depth experiences in the car world. One example of a tour to the USA included three major Autorama events (including Detroit – Ridler), Chicago and Salt Lake City) as well as visiting 20 restoration shops, six private collections and five museums in a two-week period! John’s knowledge of the road network in Los Angeles and across the USA means he can maximise the time and the fun that people have.
Max Chanter is a qualified engineer and has been in and around the industry for more than 45 years.
For many years he was with the Woods Group in Melbourne where he managed various locations for them before opening up his own business, Lemax Body Repairs. He ran this business for more than 20 years before retiring and working as CEO for the Society of Automotive Engineers in Melbourne.
He has now officially retired, but as one of the most respected and trusted individuals in our industry we are pleased to have him writing articles, visiting body shops and interviewing owners and young achievers in our industry.
Max was awarded the NCR Industry Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, recognising his input into the industry.
Mark Pulham has been in the industry since starting out as an apprentice panel beater and spray painter more than 44 years ago. He started his own business as a one-man operation straight after finishing his apprenticeship and still runs his successful family business, Mark Pulham Panel Beating in Mona Vale, Sydney, not far from where he started. He is passionate about the industry and likes nothing better than providing help and advice to others in the industry with handy tips and products designed to make business easier and efficient as well as profitable! Through his regular column in the magazine he has come to be known as “The Gadget Man” and is a welcome presenter of information and products at industry meetings and seminars.