THE ELITE TEAM

Elite Brake & Mechanical is owned and operated by Adam Simpfendorfer and Shane Mitchell who opened their workshop doors in Oakleigh South in 2014.

Both Adam and Shane have worked in, and managed, various workshops across Australia and New Zealand and identified the need for a more personalised and transparent customer experience. Adam and Shane have used their combined 30 years of knowledge to bring Elite Brake & Mechanical to the local area.

Elite Brake & Mechanical service and repair all makes and models and strive to build long lasting relationships through their down to earth approach and quality workmanship. Adam and Shane aim to take away the mystery of what happens ‘behind the scenes’ in the workshop and ensure customers are aware each step of the way. Every vehicle is taken care of as if it is their own.

SHANE MITCHELL

Shane is originally from New Zealand and has always had a passion for all things automotive. As a young boy he spent a lot of time helping his father at the family workshop which specialised in both marine and automotive repairs.

Shane then went on to working throughout different sectors of the automotive industry before deciding he wanted to start his apprenticeship in automotive. Since completing his apprenticeship, Shane has worked in several small and large workshops gaining experience in European, Japanese and Australian built vehicles.

ADAM SIMPFENDORFER

Adam grew up locally in the Oakleigh area and from a young age had a keen interest in pulling apart engines to see how they worked. He was always out in the back shed with his Father restoring old Australian classic cars. A career in the automotive industry seemed like a natural progression for a boy with a lifelong interest for cars and mechanics.

Adam completed his apprenticeship in 2003 at a European specialist workshop in Melbourne’s South East. His experience has grown from working within a variety of different workshops across Australia, even spending some time maintaining mine site vehicles in the Goldfields region. Adam has a wide range of knowledge having worked on all makes and models of commercial and passenger vehicles.

DILLON TOOHEY

Dillon grew up within 5kms of our Oakleigh South workshop, with an overwhelming passion for cars and motorbikes.His earliest memories are of working on cars with his cousins and uncle. Growing up, Dillon knew that being a mechanic was what he wanted to do.

As soon as he was able, he signed up for an apprenticeship with the local Ford dealership and never looked back. He spent the next 10 years learning, growing excelling in all things Ford. Dillon completed both a senior and master technician qualification over these years and it was during this time he met owners Shane and Adam.

Whilst Dillon has a Ford degree, with a masters in Ford Performance Vehicles, he certainly isn’t a one trick pony. His previous dealerships worked on all makes of cars from Audi’s to Toyota’s and everything in between. The one thing that Dillon is known for is his quality of workmanship, attention to detail and his need for perfection. He will always take his time making sure something is done the right way, rather than the quick or easy way.

When Dill isn’t at at the shop working on cars, he is.. well at home, working on cars! His project is his first ever car a 1997 EL Ford Falcon which he is converting to a turbocharged e85 setup. When he’s not working on that he’s detailing the FPV GS. All in all he is great member of the team, we can always count on Dillon to stay behind to make sure the job is done and done at the highest standard.

JACKSON RIDE

Jackson grew up in South East Melbourne with a burning desire to understand how things worked. This began with him pulling apart BMX bikes as a kid, just to know what made the wheels turn and soon advanced to cars after gaining his licence. He started his career as an apprentice at his local Ford dealership.

During his 7 years there he completed all of the Ford factory master technician training which enabled him to move into the role of workshop foreman and quickly develop into the knowledgeable technician he is today. After progressing at Ford and directing the workshop he was looking to find a new challenge and to expand his automotive knowledge.

Jackson found a role in Burson Auto Parts as a spare parts interpreter. With his knowledge and trade qualified background he found himself the ‘go to’ man for most of the stores trade customers. After several years, Jackson found himself wanting to get back in the game as he felt there was always something missing at the end of the day. It was here our paths crossed and Jackson found himself at home with the Elite team.

With close to 10 years industry experience, his driven attitude, extensive vehicle knowledge and attention to detail, Jackson became a huge asset to our team here at Elite. His high level of care and quality workmanship makes us feel lucky to have him. If you’re looking for Jackson outside of work look no further then his garage. Each spare moment he has you’ll find him working on his Project car, his beloved R31 Skyline, which he is transforming in to a high powered drift car. Jackson has turned every nut and bolt on the car is currently in the process of wiring up the engine bay with a completely custom wiring loom and an aftermarket LINK systems engine computer. We can’t wait to see the final results.

MATTHEW POLLOCK

Matthew’s mechanical journey started at a young age tinkering in the shed with his father preparing dirt bikes for his upcoming race events.
This interest in motorbikes quickly transitioned to cars as Matthew got his license and began his apprenticeship at the Ford dealership in Newcastle.

After finding his feet and learning the basic skills, Matthew soon realised the passion he had for this industry. He quickly sunk his teeth in and moved through his trade with an early completion.
Next up for Matthew were two smaller workshops Merewether Mechanical and NC Automotive & Marine where he was able to further develop his mechanical skill set, including specialising in 4WD’s and building race boat engines.

A change in scenery put Matthew back at Ford when he moved to Melbourne in 2012 and for the next 4 years he set his sights on getting off the tools and into the office but not before completing all required training for ford master tech status.
This step drove him to become the service manager at Chadstone Ford/Chadstone ford Clayton and it was there he ticked over 10 years combined Ford dealership experience.
From the floors to the phones, Matthew has spent time in every seat in a Ford dealership service department.

With close to 15 years industry experience, Matthew feels he has found his home in the office at ELITE Brake & Mechanical, working alongside a strong and knowledgeable team with quality as a cornerstone of our business model.