Mark Williams, Managing Director of Lowbake caught up with Andrew Mitchell, owner of Auto Transformers during their annual fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Andrew Mitchell’s passion for cars and in particular “restos”, lead him to start Auto Transformers in a “small shed” in Salisbury South almost 10 years ago.
He quickly outgrew the site, relocated, moved again and is now settled in the current site at Parra Hills West with 2,300m2 of floor space on an 8,000m2 site. Andrew now runs a business with 17 staff including mechanics, panel beaters and spray painters and has his work evenly split between restoration work and insurance work. He is particularly proud to be a Shannons Specialist Repairer.
Andrew became intimately aware of the impact of leukaemia when his close friend and current landlord lost his son to the disease a number of years ago. Three years ago, Andrew decided to do his bit by having an Open Day at Auto Transformers to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. There were over 200 cars and bikes on display and over 1,000 people came through the doors, donating a gold coin for the cause. In addition to the cars and bikes, there were a number of trade booths, including Shannons and a special appearance and stunt riding display by TJ Stuntz who volunteered to be at the event and flew in from Melbourne just for the occasion. There were also a great many items donated by suppliers, which were auctioned off throughout the day. The entire day was a great success as Andrew and his team raised almost $6,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.
In addition to this Open Day, Andrew shows his commitment to the car community in Adelaide by opening his workshop to other clubs who use the facility for a variety of shows, events and charity fundraisers. Later this year Lowbake will install a new booth, further reflecting Andrew’s commitment to, and confidence in, the industry.
The Auto Transformers Open day is run to support the Aussie Muscle Car Run which has been raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation since 2011. This year, Andrew is supporting Car 73 in the Run which starts on 29th October and covers almost 2,000km from Eastern Creek to Adelaide across three states!
To support the Aussie Muscle Car Run and donate to the Leukaemia Foundation go to http://www.leukaemia.org.au/events/2017-aussie-muscle-car-run.
Editor: We wish to thank Mark for the report and congratulate Andrew on the success of the Open Day, his commitment to the car community and his support of this most worthy of causes.