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Old 02-28-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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While I was in Australia, I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with Ben Thomas. Ben is one of the big figures behind the traditional hot rod movement in Melbourne and an all around swell guy. He also has one hell of a shop that was covered a few m...
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I have seen his first two shops and always admired the set ups Ben has. Both places would be right at home here on the GJ. That Video is actualy in his second shop in Collingwood as he has since moved to a new shop in Heidelberg. I have not as yet been to the 3rd shop and not sure which shop you actualy visited as I am not sure when Ben (Lowsquire on the HAMB) moved to his new location. The video is well done.

Issue 9 Fuel magazine will be launched at Rancho Deluxe this weekend and Ryan was interviewed for that issue.

Something I mentioned in another post here http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=139756
and a post over on the HAMB.
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He can't be all bad I see a VW there.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:57 AM   #5
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:01 AM   #6
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That was great Ryan. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 02-29-2012, 09:40 PM   #8
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i like that garage. this made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:09 AM   #9
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Humble, helpful & all round nice guy. that's our Ben.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:13 PM   #10
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #11
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I enjoyed watching this again. He sure seems like a genuine fella and I always admire someone who can spend their time and earn a living doing what they really enjoy. Not to mention...do it well. The thing that stands out to me after seeing this again is that there's a lot to be said for not being "over-done". His shop, his cars and even he himself...nothing over done...just classic style through it's simplicity. Very cool....
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Old 03-02-2012, 03:49 PM   #12
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It's guys like Ben that make our hobbie great. Not like some of the others getting around.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #13
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It's guys like Ben that make our hobbie great. Not like some of the others getting around.
Yes they do alot for our hobby although I think hobby is no longer the correct word as for some it is an industry and a way of life .

Ben also has a great wealth of knowledge about Porsche cars as well.
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What a nice big open shop.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:12 AM   #15
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I was hoping to get to see the new shop in Heidelberg for the launch of Fuel Magazine issue 9 (has the interview with Ryan Cochran) but the weather is so bad I am going to have to miss it. Gale force winds here. I will just have to hope I get to see Bens new place another time.

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This was at garage one http://www.woodentoypublishingco.com...hp?id=3&mag=38

This is garage two http://www.ranchodeluxe.com.au/

This is the new place garage three that Ryan would have visited and as yet I have to visit.
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Very nice work and video.
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The new place is smaller but still has a fantastic feel with an amazing amount of natural light for a factory of that era. Ben seems to be able to pick 'em.
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I love how that video was put together. Very well done.

I think I've watched that about 50 times now. That shop just oooozes coolness!!! That roadster is to die for!!!

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