Leon – Managing Director

What are you driving right now?

Right now I’m driving a Volkswagen Touareg. Touareg is like a nomadic tribe from Africa apparently. I googled it!

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

Best car I’ve ever owned was a Porsche Carrera 4S. The weirdest car I’ve ever had was a Citroen GS Club. That’s what I learned to drive in.

How have cars impacted your life?

Cars have always been in my career. I worked as the original equipment buyer for Holden and Toyota Australia. I’ve been a member of Citroen and Peugeot car clubs. I’ve worked for companies that developed chassis and powertrain systems. All of this has given me a good idea of how much parts should cost, how they’re made and how they get to the customer. I’ve had the chance to drive cars around tracks like Spa and Silverstone. I’ve done a lot of club motorsport, and actively manage all of my cars.

 

Andrew – All things IT

What are you driving right now?

A BMW 335i. It’s a bit of a sleeper, with the ability to turn into a monster with the bigger engine. I found out the other day that the air vents in the i8 are the same as my 3 series. If you’re gonna spend the price of a small house on a car, you’d want it to have custom air-vents.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

The best car I’ve ever owned was a Land Cruiser 80 series with an aftermarket supercharger. The weirdest car I’ve owned is a tough one. Probably a Toyota Camry. Just boring. Not sexy at all.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

E64 M6.

 

John (aka Big Fresh) – Business Analyst

What are you driving right now?

’74 Mercedes-Benz 280E.

How have cars impacted your life?

I grew up in Parkes, which is in Regional NSW. We didn’t have public transport, so we relied on cars to get us pretty much everywhere. Growing up on a farm, they were a vital part of every day life.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I’ve only ever had one car, a 1974 Mercedes 280E.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

Probably a BMW 135i.

 

Pete – GM of Operations

What are you driving right now?

I have two cars. My love is a 1988 Nissan Silvia S13 Ks. This is one I imported myself into Australia from Japan about seven years ago. Sadly I don’t get to drive it much but it brings a smile to my face whenever I do, and I enjoy tinkering with it whenever I get the chance.

The other car I own and drive daily is a 2003 Audi S3. In my opinion these cars are seriously underrated and offer great value for money second hand – 225hp and AWD means that it is a great all round car with a bit of power.

I also own an old Japanese scooter that I am restoring slowly – a 1978 Honda Super Cub – nicknamed ‘89cc of Fury’. It was working perfectly well when I bought it but the first thing I did was strip it down for a complete restoration.

 

Aidan – Purchasing Manager

What are you driving right now?

I don’t have a car at the moment. My dream car would have to be a Ford Mustang though. Maybe one day.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

My mum has a Toyota HiAce that was used in the Commonwealth games. It has bars on the windows for security because it was used to transport the athletes and officials about.

How have cars impacted your life?

There were no buses to my house when I was growing up, so cars have always been a big part of my life in getting around.

 

James – Resident Mechanic

What are you driving right now?

A 1981 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV and a 1989 Alfa Romeo 75 3L

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

Best: 1976 RA23 Celica GT2000. It was raucous, quick and handled like a go cart
Weirdest: 1976 RA23 Celica GT2000! It was also unreliable, temperamental, too stiff for everyday duties and made you smell like fuel after 20 minutes driving. It was a love/hate relationship.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

An old customer’s 8.9sec 3/4 Chassis VZ commodore drag car. or if we’re talking proper quick, an Australian GT Lotus Exige GT3.

 

Chris – Product Specialist

What are you driving right now?

Right now, I drive a 1977 LX Torana Sedan. I’ve owned it for 9 years, and did a complete restoration over 2 years. I also have a 2002 Clio Sport RS 172, which I also use as a track car.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I still own my first two cars and I think both are on completely different ends of the spectrum. I think most people wouldn’t expect someone to own an Australian muscle car and a French hot hatch. And I don’t think I can split them apart, both are so much fun to drive in different ways.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

Lotus 2 Eleven driven by Ron Simons around Spa-Francorchamps.

James – Resident Web Developer (Guy that gets the job done)

What are you driving right now?

My two daily cars are a Toyota Celica Supra, and a Toyota 86.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

The best car I’ve owned would have to be my Celica Supra, or my R33. The weirdest car was my Datsun N10 Pulsar. So much body roll.

How have cars impacted your life?

I’ve always had a passion for cars. They allow people to meet and socialise, and racing one is a hell of an experience. I’d recommend it to everyone.

 

Jeff – Web Developer

What are you driving right now?

I’m currently driving a Daewoo lanos which gets me from A to B. As for my dream car, it would have to be between a Nissan 370Z, Corvette or any sort of SUV since I’m into the occasional cruise trip.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I haven’t owned any awesome cars, but maybe one day. As for weird cars, I did end up purchasing an old Ford Festiva from an old lady which had a tiny wooden bat under the seat when I got home.

How have cars impacted your life?

They’ve managed to get me out of a couple difficult situations.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

I haven’t driven any, but I got to have a ride in my old mate’s Mazda RX6.

 


Kristen – Marketing Manager

What are you driving right now?

2012 Golf GTI.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

The weirdest would have to be a 2006 Kia Rio Hatchback. My parents decided to get it in metallic orange to match our jet-ski, and even though it didn’t have the pulling power to get up a steep hill, it had a tow bar on it anyway.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

Does that include parked cars? If not, I was in the passenger seat of a BMW i8 while waiting for Andrew Palmer to get a service quote on his car. It didn’t look as futuristic as I expected it to be!

 

Dave – Team Leader, Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

Unfortunately I just said good bye to my beloved Kia Sportage and am driving my best friend’s Mistubishi Mirage. It’s an adjustment to say the least. As the moment the dream car is a 1976 Mustang Convertible. Although I’d be interested in something a bit more sustainable..

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

My favourite and most recent car: a neither blue-nor-purple Kia Sportage. An ugly thing but filled with memories.

How have cars impacted your life?

I’m a major fan of car adventures. To name a few – a road trip from Melbourne to Maroochydore and everywhere in between, sleeping in my car at a music festival and a good old drive-in cinema. I love the freedom of owning a car, being able to just get in and drive. For me it’s about where your car can take you.

 

Emma – Designer

What are you driving right now?

Currently nothing, but looking into getting a car soon. Dream car would be something like a 1980’s Toyota Troop Carrier. My uncle had one when I was growing up, so it’s a bit nostalgic, plus it looks zombie apocalypse proof…

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

Just the old family Volvo 240! It was recently used in a feature film set in the 90’s. It’s currently decommissioned in the driveway of my parent’s house, but I’d love to do it up some day as a ‘Flying Brick’ racer.

How have cars impacted your life?

They were essential where I grew up, they gave me a sense of freedom as a teenager. These days I don’t need one as much in Sydney, but when I do need one, nothing else will do. Cars are essential in so many circumstances.

 

Brad – Content Writer

What are you driving right now?

At the moment, I’m driving a 2006 Suzuki Swift that’s in desperate need of a clean, service and its front bumper screwed back in. Drives surprisingly well though.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

The Swift is the first car I’ve owned personally, but my parents had a Rover in the mid 90’s of which my only memory is it breaking down on a family day out.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

My girlfriend’s dad has an Audi RS6 Avant which I’ve gotten to ride in a few times. It has the engine from an R8 in it, so it goes like a bat out of hell.

 

Macca – Content Writer

What are you driving right now?

More riding than driving, I’m riding the 348 from Queens Park to Spares Box.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I have never owned a car however I did enjoy being in my dad’s Renault 9 back in the day. It was gold and smelled nice.

How have cars impacted your life?

Without them I would have few memories of being too hot in summer. Hailing from Scotland, it doesn’t get hot unless you’re in an un-air conditioned car for a few hours in July. So without cars I’d have never been able to prepare for life in Australia.

 

Karena – Customer Service Team Leader

What are you driving right now?

I drive my bike! My dream car would have to be a nice Alfa Romeo though. Something luxury that drives great as well.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

My sister had one of those old school BMW’s, like one of the real boxy ones. The backseats were like a bench.

How have cars impacted your life?

They’ve gotten me to the most important places I’ve needed to go!

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

My friend owns a really fast red Skyline. It’s been lowered, has a proper body kit and everything.

 

Ben – Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

I’m driving a 2009 VW Golf, it’s my everything. My dream car, as weird as it is, is a BMW 1 series. Hatchbacks FTW.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

In an old job, I used to drive around in a bright yellow mini cooper with sign writing all over it. I’ve never been stared at more in my life.

How have cars impacted your life?

Cars have always been more than just a mode of transport for me, I spent hours driving up and down the east coast between my two hometowns so it’s been a way for me to connect between my family and my friends.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

That’s a tough one, I went on the track in a mates Toyota Supra once, that was pretty intense.

 

Matt – Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

I’m currently driving a Holden Astra. Don’t laugh. My dream car has to be the Audi R8, it’s the perfect blend of style and substance.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

Daewoo Lanos – my first car. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun driving something that needed to be put out for retirement a long time ago.

How have cars impacted your life?

Cars have always symbolised freedom for me. The ability to go on an adventure, to head down the coast for a weekend — it’s hard to beat that feeling.

 

Emilija – Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

I’m new to Australia from Canada and I still haven’t worked up the courage to drive on the “wrong” side of the road. Before moving here I was driving in a Jeep Liberty, as a passenger.

My dream car is a Tesla to drive around the city and a Volkswagen Camper to take out in the wilderness.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I haven’t owned my own car but I’ve also always lived in big cities where everything is accessible by bike or public transit since I’ve been of driving age. I’m also conscious of my carbon footprint.

How have cars impacted your life?

Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, having a car was essential to get around. I got my license on my 16th birthday and it gave me the freedom to get around on my own and take road trips with friends.

 

Luke – Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

I currently drive a 2014 ford focus but my dream car would have to be an all black Audi R8

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

Being 19 I haven’t had the opportunity to own to many cars, only one to be precise, so Id have to say my current ford focus.

How have cars impacted your life?

I like to go places and without cars I couldn’t go to cool places.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

That’s a tough one, I went on the track in a mates Toyota Supra once, that was pretty intense.

 

Thomas – Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

Currently I’m driving a Ford 1999 Tickford XR6 which I’d like to add is the fastest Australian made car of 1998/1999. She goes hard and she goes good, so no complaints there. Dream car is easily an Aston Martin Vanquish looks good, sounds good, goes fast.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

Had a little plastic push along car as a kid. It was pretty average to look at but mate it was good on fuel.

How have cars impacted your life?

Well they have resulted in many breakdowns but on the whole they have made my life a lot better than if I was relying on public transport and Uber.

 

Stjepan – Customer Service Guru

What are you driving right now?

I’m driving a Suzuki Alto which is the best small car in Australia. I usually only spend on average around $30 for a full tank, which is the best.

As far as dream vehicles go, once Tesla engineer an electric motorcycle, I’ll get one of those.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I used to own a 1966 Mini Morris Automatic. It was white with red leather seats. Braking was fun, I had to think at least 50m ahead so I wouldn’t get into strife. Although one time the brakes did fail when I was driving home. Using the handbrake for the rest of the trip was great for character building. However, once the steering wheel failed whilst I was driving, I decided to give up the dream.

I also learned to drive on a Ford Laser which is one of my favourite cars. It didn’t have power steering and it felt like I was turning the wheel with 10kg weights strapped onto either side of the wheel.

How have cars impacted your life?

I drive everywhere – uni, work, I need a car to get around.

 

Beatrice – Fulfilment Specialist

What are you driving right now?

I’m learning to drive in a Toyota Land Cruiser.

What’s the fastest car you’ve been in as either a driver or a passenger?

It was a Nissan GT-R. It was thrilling but so scary!

What road would you most like to drive?

Stelvio Pass.

What’s the most exciting thing you think Spares Box has to offer the drivers of Australia?

It’s a brand new company that’s really passionate about what they’re doing. They provide a really great service for people, especially people who don’t know all that much about cars.

 

Jaydn – Fulfilment Specialist

What are you driving right now?

Right now I drive a 1972 MK3 Cortina, but my dream car is a 1969 Boss Mustang.

What are the best and weirdest cars you’ve ever owned?

I’d have to say my current car, although there’s nothing too weird about it.

How have cars impacted your life?

My passion for cars has helped me find new friends and meet interesting people from all walks of life.