Smith & Boyle Ultimate Finish
When Resene's drift racer Jodie Verhulst needed a hand refinishing her 1993 Toyota Supra, the boys down at Smith & Boyle Tauranga stepped in. Shop owner Mike Stanwell says it was really a team effort. "We were approached by Resene and they asked us if we were interested in helping her out, and we thought we'd give her a chance."
It looks like the New Zealand DuPont Refinish shop has backed a winner. The 23-year old racer from Auckland has been racing for close to three years and is already turning heads at the track. Her first event took place at The Round 2 event last November, which is run by D1NZ National Drifting Championship. Jodie managed to qualify 7th making her the first female ever to qualify in NZ. She went on to win her first battle, which gauranteed her a spot in the top 8. Overall, she finished 6th.
"The boys down at Smith & Boyle Tauranga were kind enough to lend me the use of the paint booth/bake oven for finishing the car in" Jodie says. "I want to say a huge thanks especially to the top dog Mike for all his help."
Smith & Boyle has been in operation more than 50 years, with the last seven under the direction of Mike. Since Mike took charge, it has doubled in business volume - becoming an approved repairer for all major insurance and lease companies and the Bay of Plentys sole approved repairer for Audi, Volkswagon and Skoda vehicles.
Working on foreign vehicles is one of Mikes specialties. He has more than 20 years experience and worked in Japan for Mercedes and Audi/Volkswagon dealership where he was involved in both training and refinishing vehicles.
In addition to Audi, Volkswagon and Skoda, Smith & Boyle has a number of selected manufacturer approvals including Toyota and Daihatsu, as well as local dealership partnerships with Farmer Motor Group, Pacific Toyota and Coombes Johnston BMW.
Smith & Boyle has been using DuPont Refinish for well over 10 years.
"Its very user-friendly and environmentally friendly" he says adding the colour range is another strong selling point "Any colour is acheivable."