Passion for cars becomes customising

Big engine . . . Timothy Low with the RB25 det engine he will install into a Nissan Silvia S14 in the background. PHOTO: JOSHUA RIDDIFORD

A Dunedin car enthusiast has turned his passion into a business.

Knops Automotive and Engineering owner operator Timothy Low rented garage space on Mason St to work on his own cars last year but before long customers were seeking him out and then the business was born.

Having always had an interest in cars, Mr Low said he had “pretty much” learnt everything himself with some help from his brother.

He had had a range of different jobs in the past, including working in children’s entertainment and grounds keeping at a motorcamp in Pounawea. But cars had always remained a passion for Mr Low.

Working on them was calming, he said.

“I can think when I’m around cars.”

Projects for Knops since the business started at the end of last year had included building a horse float and a car trailer.

The name “Knops” came from a nickname given to Mr Low when he was at school.

The bulk of his work was customising and restoring vehicles.

Asked if he had a favourite make of car, he had no hesitation.

“Mazda. Anything Mazda.”

He currently owned about six of them, he said.

While he preferred to work on Mazdas, one present project involved the installation of a new engine into a Nissan. Other projects included putting a fresh panel and paint on a Mitsubishi Evo and building a new motor from scratch.