Tassie’s finest

5 July 2022

Recently qualified technician Sam Mitchell, from Jackmans Garage in Moonah, is in rare air, having recently been recognised as Tasmania’s automotive future.

Earlier this year, Sam flew to Melbourne to collect the TACC Progressive Excellence Award at the VACC/TACC Automotive Apprenticeships awards ceremony, hosted by Shane Jacobson.

Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce Manager, Bruce McIntosh, says Sam is on the way up.

“He’s a great young man, very switched on,” said McIntosh. “He’s our future, a rising star. We need more people like him.”

Sam presents professionally and speaks passionately about quality work, and about doing the job right first time, every time.

“I like being good at what I do. It’s also nice to be rewarded for it,” said Sam.

Sam is currently restoring his own Nissan Skyline and has an ambition to work on other people’s racing cars.

“Motorsport is the pinnacle of automotive technology. So much happens in racing that later flows onto road cars,” said Sam. “I want to be a part of that.”

Sam wants to upskill so he can work on electric vehicles, which he knows will become mainstream before long.

“Electric vehicles are coming,” said Sam. “I want to be ready to work on them.”

Founded by Reg Jackman, Jackmans Garage has serviced vehicles in Hobart since 1946, and is a Repco Authorised Service Centre, Approved Inspection Station, Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania approved repairer and TACC accredited repairer. Current owner, Graham Cooper took over the business in 1987.

Jackmans – a 20-year TACC member – offers logbook servicing, brake and clutch repairs, auto electrical services, air conditioning service and maintenance, engine reconditioning, roadworthy inspections, even a towing service.

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