Mechanic Bevan Slater is saying goodbye to his business of four years and his trade of the past 30 years.
Mechanic Bevan Slater is saying goodbye to his business of four years and his trade of the past 30 years. Bev Lacey

Bevan motors on to easier life

TOOWOOMBA mechanic Bevan Slater is looking forward to a retirement where he will use his tools, expertise and passion to breathe new life into vintage creations.

After owning South Queensland Engine Reconditioning since 2006, Mr Slater is selling, retiring and planning a return to Warwick, the town in which he was born.

While stepping out of one garage after more than 30 years as a mechanic, he is not completely saying goodbye to the grease and grind.

The 64-year-old is planning to spend his retirement years restoring vintage engines, something he’s had little chance to do when more modern motors have cluttered the workshop floor.

“I’m only semi-retiring,” he said. “It’s just time to give someone else a go here.”

However, Mr Slater admits it may be tough selling the business considering the expertise and patience engine restoration demands.

“I don’t think people really appreciate the amount of work and precision that goes into an engine rebuild,” he said.



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