In 2017 Mike passed the “wheel” to me. It was no easy task to take over a business and reputation that spanned more than 30 years. As the existing owner of other automotive businesses and previous experience as a project manager in the VFX industry for over 12 years, I couldn’t wait. From there we have grown many facets of the business, expanding our services and laying the road for the future ahead. Passion for all things automotive runs deep in our workshop.
Mike Baucke is a qualified coach-builder, as was his father and his grandfather before him. Mike has been in the business for over 40years specializing in classic and exotic car restoration. Mike (and his partner Irene) passed The Surgery over to John in 2017, as the operations managers working side by side with John and the team. As the founder of The Surgery, he is keen to see the business evolve and Mike just can’t stay away because classic cars are in his DNA!
I joined The Surgery in 2018, after relocating to Wellington from Blenheim. My love of all things automotive started while helping my father at the age of seven, do a full mechanical and exterior restoration of a 1976 BMW. Working on cars is in my blood. I’ve worked in the automotive industry in Blenheim for many years before joining The Surgery. The Surgery has helped me perfect my painting skills and progress on to workshop foreman, helping the next generation develop their skills.
Leela is our Office Manager and has been at The Surgery since October 2019, is a mum of a busy 4-year-old, she works with us part-time. Her love of cars started in 2006 when she moved to Wellington and joined the local car Clubsport scene with her partner. Auto-Cross’, grass-khanas, and a few runs at Manfield – 175km – woohoo, in her caged Toyota Corolla!
In South Taranaki born and raised. In the shed was where I spent most of my days. Cuttin’ out paintin’ waxin’ all cool Shootin some spray guns all over old school cars. When a company in Wellington who were up to all the good. Started advertising in my neighborhood. I got in my 76″ Mitsubishi colt and my mom got scared. She said ‘You’re movin’ to Wellington to start your career!?’ That was about 15 years ago and the rest is history.
From the young age of three years old Maurice has always had a passion for cars, when he was younger his Dad built him a motorised firetruck to drive around the neighbourhood. Maurice has always had an interest in cars, especially anything American/British. He enjoys learning the history behind the vehicle, what purpose it served and what went into creating it. Maurice has been with us at The Surgery for over 7 years now as our Mechanic
I have been working at the surgery since 2018, where I am doing my apprenticeship (collision repair) with the help of the team at the surgery. I have spent much of my young adult life working on my own cars as well as my friends’ cars teaching myself new skills as I go. I am very passionate about everything I get to do and what opportunities lay ahead in the future.
I’m a Brit, and avid tea drinker, the only thing I love more than working on classic cars is my doggo. I got fed up with Brexit negotiations so I bought myself a plane ticket to NZ. Before working at The Surgery, I worked for a private collector in the UK for 5 years focusing on full restorations of classic British cars, jaguar, Aston Martin, AC with American and Italian classics too!
I moved from the UK in 2013 where I had a career in commercial equipment repairs. I had always had project cars where I would repair, modify and improve the aesthetics of all of my vehicles. I have been at The Surgery since July 2020 having previously owned a vehicle detailing business. When I’m not working I love spending time with my wife and son, often getting my hands dirty with the next household project.
I started working at the surgery in March of 2020. I grew up in the South Island, around classic cars and I started working on them in my early teens. For as long as I can remember working on vehicles and building things has always been a passion of mine. When I’m not messing around with vehicles I spend my time producing music and building my skills as a digital artist.
I joined the team at The Surgery in March of 2021, working as part of the administration team. Before The Surgery I had been driving Class 4 Trucks, as I have always had a passion for everything automotive, ever since I was a kid. I am a Japanese car enthusiast – particularly anything Subaru or Nissan! I love spending my spare time at the track, putting my 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX to the test.
Cars have been an interest of mine since I was young. I’m a fan of European cars, particularly BMW’s, and looking to expand more into classic cars of all makes and models. I’m always keen to learn something new!