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Committee Profile: Chris Quirke

This section aims to help familiarise you with the Committee Members of the Club and let them share their story with you.

This month, the spotlight is on Chris Quirk!

Hi there, I’m Chris. I live in Hamlyn Heights (Geelong) with my partner Matt.

We are building our first house on the other side of town in Mt Duneed (Armstrong Creek). I work in steel making as a rolling mill operator.

Outside of attending Motafrenz events I enjoy gardening, bbq’s at home with family and friends and detailing my car. (I find it kind of therapeutic!)

A number of years ago I came across the Motafrenz stall at Carnival Day, which was part of the MidSumma Festival. A spoke to a couple of the members there who encouraged me to join. A few years later after much procrastination I joined in June 2020. In July 2021 I was invited to join the committee.

I hold the position of Events Assistant. I assist with the organisation of Motafrenz events, as well as support other members in running their events. I also assist in the organisation and delivery of the club representing other larger events and festivals like Midsumma, Chillout etc.

My first car was a 2001 Holden SS Ute and was probably the start of my obsession for V8 cars. After a number of years I upgraded to a 2012 model of the same make. The VE SSV was fitted with inbuilt sat nav, dual zone climate control, and electric seats, a bigger engine and an extra overdrive gear. It was probably a big leap in technology for Holden. I had modified this vehicle to have a high lift camshaft, cnc ported cylinder heads, upgraded differential internals to support the extra power, plus supporting modifications.

I have also owned a 2007 Ford Focus Diesel. This was just a means to get to work and I wouldn’t really consider this an enthusiast vehicle, however it would run on the smell of an oily rag.

In 2020 I purchased a 2014 Holden Commodore SSV sedan. Having owned the previous model, I didn’t waste much time in modifying this one too. Supercharger, CNC Ported Heads, High Lift Camshaft, Hi Stall torque converter, Billet clutch packs for the transmission and a modified differential to suit the extra power.

I recently sold this car for my latest car, which is also the daily driver, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI. Another car that runs on the smell of an oily rag, although has a few more creature comfort’s than the focus.

I don’t currently own any club plate vehicles, however I’d like to in the future.

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