Category Archives: Zen Garage

Interview on Babes & Gents


I’ve been interviewed on Babes & Gents! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but I love interviews. I never turn them down as they’re a great way to hold a mirror up to yourself so you can see where you’re at in your life at this very moment (and I have to say, I’m really happy with where I am in life right now!).

Check out my interview/profile here:

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Photoshoot by Boudist for LYNX






A man of style, apparently! Photos by the amazing Dan Boud. My style interview for LYNX here:

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Mon shot by IVORY LUX for Zen Garage






Mon shot by IVORY LUX for Zen Garage. So Fashion. Love this shoot, so much. Thanks to the amazing Breanna Espina for making this happen. More on Zen Blog:

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Zen Photowalk 2

Zen Photowalk #2 was to Cockatoo Island! Perfect weather (luckily it wasn’t the day before, where temperatures were through the roof) and a much bigger crowd than our first Photowalk! Was such a great day out. Matthew Mead and I are already discussing locations for the next one! Look out for the full feature, featuring work from all the photographers on the day, on Zen Blog soon.

Group Shot! In the end one of the staff from inside the office came out to shoot it for us.

The first of many more gulls we saw that day.

Stefan and Milly were already on the island when we arrived.

Matt was only sweet to Milly to steal her camera.

Photographer Extraordinaire. Garry Trinh. Check out his work here, he’s amazing.

Turns out it’s breeding season and there were gulls laying eggs everywhere.



One of 2 deep tunnels.

Something I’ve always wondered. What do baby gulls look like. Now I know!!!

Mead directing Moo loves to direct. Firmly! So direct!

We ended it with pizza and beers at the bar.

Prosciutto Pizza is tha bomb!

Sunset Moo.

On the express ferry home. Goodbye Cockatoo Island. You were awesome.

Hey Bill!

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It’s OK if you don’t get it!


OMFG read this. I love this woman, who’s the closest thing to a mentor I’ve ever had (checking in on the things she writes on her Facebook wall alone inspires me to no end!). Pauline writes:

Many come close, yet few dare, so boldly to live without judgement, to give without expecting, and to love for no reason. I know this because I have come across so many, who interpret generosity as having an ulterior motive. Who react to compliments with suspicion. Who respond to offers of abundant opportunity with fear and derision. I have come across so many, who are consumed by their limiting beliefs and what others may think of them, that they are too afraid to explore that which is outside of the mundane matrix that they have trapped themselves in.

I have learned that there are more Sleepwalkers out there, than there are those who are Awake.

My religion is love. Nothing more. Nothing less. And I guess that’s why I fucking thrive when I hang with those who are weird, who are random, who are not afraid to be themselves. People who are full of love, generosity, authenticity, courage and presence.

You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can certainly do something about it’s width and it’s depth.

And sincerely, to all the naysayers who have had something smart, derogatory or sarcastic to say about the way I live my life and the way I speak my mind…. I say to you… Hey, it’s okay if you don’t get it. I wish you nothing but love, but I also choose to no longer waste my time with you. XP


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WTAC 2014 Friday

Big day today. 5.30AM alarm… I’m up! Luke got to his Media briefing on time and the day rolled on pretty hard after that with lots of dramas and some fantastic moments.

First stop, the ARDC Garage for a toasted bacon and egg roll and a good chin wag with Photographer Matthew Everingham.

Spotted from above. David’s R32, which is very much more a street car than a lot of the competition in his category.

After the early sessions David’s radiator shroud cracked, ripping it off was the easy fix.

The Heasman Steering S14 had some heat issues, the team were at it fast. Indy’s EVO had issues too, with the driver having to keep 4th pushed in (IE: otherwise it would pop out and thus driving one handed when in 4th gear!). The gearbox eventually blew.

Shout outs to Nathan Antunes, pilot of the Heasman Steering S14.

JDMyard Civic entering the circuit.

Ross Churchill’s amazing Belair.

Jaw-droppingly gorgeous.


Loved this ratted up Combi (sounded amazing too).


Found this underneath.

Hey Mead!


Driftcat’s in town.

Sad the Speedhunters guys aren’t here this year, was looking forward to hanging out. They’re here in spirit though.

Hey Danny! Great work on the aero on the Top Class Tyres STi.

V-Sport‘s new 86 project set for WTAC next year!

Hey Brad!

Haha, Brad and Sarah, exaggerated height difference!

Dave’s new splitter created enough downforce to rip the front lip off his car. Desperate measures to get him out for one more session.

Under pressure.

On pitt lane for the last session, finishing strong too.

Steven Planinic ready to go out in his EVO.

JDMyard EG (also with a few niggling issues) in pitt lane.

Hey CeeCee!

Hey Moo!

Unfortunately Indy’s EVO didn’t make it back in time for the last session of the day, but all good, fresh box, all set for tomorrow!

Blaze Unit. Scott Schembri, ready to rock. As the sun went down, the drifters came out to play.

Ryan, working back late.

It’s way past dinner time. House of Pie!!!

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Late Night KK’s Run






Been a looooong time, baby!

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Hello Coco!

When I shot Coco in Tokyo last week we talked about her getting more out there, and making YouTube videos was one of the things we discussed. She’s just kicked off her channel and I get a little mention in there! So glad you guys get to listen to her English too, considering she’s never lived anywhere outside of Japan, and was born in Japan, it’s amazing, don’t you agree?!

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Ogilvy Talk

Ogilvy entrance.

Hey it’s Brian! Brian was speaking too, about his new company Common Ventures.

Aus Infront on the big screen.

I’m on a high from a talk I gave at Ogilvy earlier today. Every fortnight Ogilvy have a Lunch & Learn event where everybody gets together and somebody presents on a chosen topic. The whole point is not just to learn, but be inspired.

I was invited to talk on the topic of Start-Ups / Small Businesses. Basically following your passion/dream, breaking out of the mould, pursuing something, tuning it into a business and making it successful.

Of-course I had a lot to say about the topic. Starting with Australian INfront through to Zen Garage, of finding happiness by being in the moment of doing what you love.

Conversations with Pauline helped to get me in the right frame of mind for this talk. I found myself patting myself on the back driving on route to Ogilvy, not just after the talk driving home.

I only had 15 minutes. I’m more used to having an hour to present! I had to take big chunks out, but I shared a little, showed a little and I had an absolute blast. A quick Q&A at the end let me say a little bit more, which was great. I just wished there was more time as I love any opportunity to speak (haha!).

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NINJAS @ Zen Garage, one last hoorah!

NINJAS @ Zen Garage last night.

Back in 2011 when we first opened up we had the NINJAS over to bless our space (revisit that feature here). Back then we didn’t have our shop fit out installed, we basically had an empty space, so it seems fitting that we invite the NINJAS back one last time now that Zen is completely empty again.

As expected, seeing the space so empty stirred up a few emotions. Zen Garage is but a shadow of the space it once was, the logos on the walls are the only real remnants of Zen, and as strong as they are they don’t carry across that great Zen vibe without all the other goodies we managed to cram into our man cave over the past 3 years.

Like the first time, we ordered Pizza and again we had no table or chairs to eat it on, but the great company, conversation, food, tunes and beers helped get our minds off the empty space that once was Zen Leichhardt.

Soon after dinner we got the Pedalkhana going. A course which saw a fast slalom through the pylons, a slow and slippery figure 8 through some posts then a roll up a couple of down low ramps into the office through to a step drop off into the finish line.

The first round saw contestants use their bike of choice, the second round was much the same except riders weren’t allowed to set a foot down (if they did they were instantly disqualified). The third round levelled the playing field and saw all competitors use the funny bike!

View the full feature on Zen Blog:

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