PH: 07 849 7203 WEB: face­book.com/mid­nigh­tuphol­steryltd AD­DRESS: 431 Te Rapa Road, Hamil­ton

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NZPC: Hi Greg, how long have you been in the up­hol­stery game and where did you learn your trade?

Greg: I’ve been in the trade com­ing up nine years now and it started with me need­ing a job so I could leave school. I learnt my trade with my pre­vi­ous em­ployer who I worked for a cou­ple of times over the nine years. I had also worked and learnt more from an­other em­ployer just out of Hamil­ton.

NZPC: How old were you when you first got into work­ing on cars and does this pas­sion drive your work ethic?

Greg: It all started grow­ing up around mo­tor­bikes and it grew into cars as I got older. It helped to have an older brother do­ing a ground-up rebuild of his 1964 Valiant AP5 and it grew from there into my own cars. The pas­sion for cars goes through into my work by mak­ing sure the finer de­tails are com­plete and done to a high stan­dard.

NZPC: Do you up­hol­ster both au­to­mo­tive and marine in­te­ri­ors?

Greg: Yup, I spe­cial­ize in au­to­mo­tive as well as marine up­hol­stery. I’ve also been known to do the odd house­hold fur­ni­ture up­hol­stery for fam­ily and friends. Even sewing up zips on my mates’ over­alls, race suits and fix­ing the odd hand­bag.

NZPC: What has been the coolest and most chal­leng­ing project you have worked on so far?

Greg: The most chal­leng­ing project would have been cov­er­ing handrails for sev­eral stair­cases that curved their way down a huge launch. The coolest jobs roll in daily, so I couldn’t quite point out the coolest one, but sev­eral hot rods come to mind and even just the small­est things like work­ing on Mad Max’s 26B FD3S RX-7. It’s the de­tail in a job and see­ing the fin­ished prod­uct that makes ev­ery job cool in its own way.

NZPC: How do you like to get in­volved with the New Zealand au­to­mo­tive car scene?

Greg: Right now, I am spon­sor­ing Joel Pat­ter­son and his Toy­ota AE86 which is drift­ing in D1NZ ProAm; it was fea­tured on the cover of last month’s NZPC is­sue. I try my best to at­tend ev­ery car show and event in my 1964 Valiant AP5 — I even do the odd drag day in it.

NZPC: Thank you so much for your time Greg, good luck with your new busi­ness!

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