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International mix of talent in local workshop
(07/07/16) Washdyke based motorcycle store Timaru Yamaha, has recently attracted international talent to its workshop.
Out of 32,000 contestants, Ben Fuchs (36) won second place in the Yamaha World Technician Grand Prix 2014. From Bavaria, Germany, Fuchs found Timaru Yamaha’s job advert on website TradeMe. “It is my dream to work and live in New Zealand”, says Fuchs. He began working at the store last month. His home town is situated near the Bavarian Alps and the scenery is much like the South Island of New Zealand.
Timaru Yamaha owner Ricky McKay, having prior experience with assisting staff through immigration processes was happy to bring Fuchs’ talent to Timaru. Fuchs is a qualified motorcycle mechanic with over sixteen years’ experience. “There aren’t many specialised or qualified motorcycle mechanics locally”, McKay says. But he is pleased to have built a strong foundation of local customers and staff since first opening nearly five years ago.
Fuchs joins Tony Capillanes (38) originally from Davao city in the South Island of the Philippines. Also with over sixteen years’ experience, Capillanes worked as a motorcycle mechanic for a forest management company in the United Arab Emirates and for Kawasaki dealerships in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. “Instead of muddy vehicles”, he says, “many (motorcycles) in the Middle East came in to the workshop filled with sand”.
Fuchs and Capillanes work alongside kiwi mechanic Alan Welch also based in the Timaru Yamaha workshop. With a shared affection for motorcycles, “they all work together very well”, says McKay. Each staff member at Timaru Yamaha is dedicated to motorcycles, albeit different types. While Fuchs enjoys off-road motorcycle riding, Capillanes has a passion for drag motorcycles.
Photo available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1dhk12srs4klzi8/AAAMRYxWYqdulzvhkI689DUta?dl=0
Photo caption: A diverse workshop: Tony Capillanes, Ben Fuchs, Alan Welch
Please contact Ricky McKay of Timaru Yamaha on 027 254 9008 for further comments