It may be a cliche but petrol runs through the blood of Rockingham-based master mechanic Peter Erlemeyer, who has spent decades working on some of Europe’s most luxurious and prestigious vehicles.
His passion for cars started through his parents.
‘My parents owned a car yard,’ he said.
‘I loved going in to help my father fix the cars and as a hobby I did go-kart racing.
‘It was when I was about 11 or 12, I decided I wanted to be a mechanic.’
Peter completed an apprenticeship with Volkswagen and Audi in Germany before working for BMW and Mercedes.
He spent six years working for arguably the world’s most popular prestige car company, Ferrari, before moving to Australia and finishing a master degree in motor mechanics.
For 17 years, from his Crompton Road workshop, he has serviced hundreds of cars.
He operates one of only a few Autologic scan tools in Australia, which provides specified software, calibration and scanning for European cars.
Peter spent many years racing go karts, including against seven-time Formula 1 world champion Schumacher, in Germany.
For a man who has worked on luxurious cars that many of us may never even ride in, among his most memorable to have worked on were Jacky Ickx’s 1974 Ferrari, a 250 Lusso Ferrari, Porsche 930 turbo and BMW M6.