Jim Ghelis: The Story So Far…
Jim’s passion for the automotive industry and all things motorsport started with his Apprenticeship in 1985 in Sydney, Australia. Having already been involved in Racing prior to this with both the Alfa Romeo and Fiat marquees in Europe, his enthusiasm and natural appetite as a diagnostician was well under way. By the time he was a second year apprentice Jim had already gained 6 solid months of dyno tuning and diagnostic experience under his belt and was excelling in his trade being recognized as NSW Mechanical Apprentice of the year as a second year student.
Working for a Nationally Franchised Automotive Repairer, Jim was managing stores by his 4th year as an apprentice and recruited into the head office as a diagnostic specialist and trainer shortly after. Jim soon found himself back enjoying dyno tuning full time while a progressing career seen him responsible for bringing franchised stores online and up to speed as a manager. His appetite for Motorsport in the meantime was being fed by ongoing association with V8 Supercar racing, GTP and Production car racing at a setup, support and tuning level.
Jim sought out new challenges and saw opportunities with high end performance cars spending many years developing Porsche’s, Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s and Lotus’ for Production and other tarmac racing styles. Fine Tuning (forgive the pun) his skills with a sizeable Sydney Performance workshop responsible for many iconic cars at the time, Jim realized there was an opportunity to bring together all the things he loved about the automotive service industry, Japanese & European Exotics and the Australian Performance scene – Proudly recalling the exact date, Jim says ‘I opened the doors to Tunehouse on the 21st August, 2001…’.
1st place in class, Renault Clio – 2010 12hour Bathurst
1st place in class, Renault Clio – Drivers Championship 2010
1st Outright, Rally Cyprus – Mitsubishi EVO VII
10.7 sec Quarter Mile – Fastest XR6 Turbo in Australia on Street Tyres
Meet Jim Ghelis…
First Car? Datsun 1200 (The Drifter!)
Current Ride? HSV Clubsport, Supercharged 6.2L (Tunehouse Development Car)
Standout Professional Achievement? Tunehouse clients BA XR6 Turbo Falcon, Developing 700KW ATW on pump fuel!
Reason for opening Tunehouse? To Create Something like no one else has done and live my dream – Lucky for me it’s my hobby!