SUN­DAY SIL­VIA SES­SIONS

IN­SIDE TJM

NZ Performance Car - - Con­tents - WORDS: MAR­CUS GIB­SON PHO­TOS: RICHARD OPIE

ucked away deep within a semi-sub­ur­ban South Auck­land es­tate is def­i­nitely the last place you’d ex­pect to find a race work­shop stacked to the hilt with Sil­vias, but that’s ex­actly where brothers Troy and Ben Jenk­ins, aka Team Jenk­ins Mo­tor­sport (TJM) ply their drift trade. The fam­ily home is not 50m from the shed, but clearly the Jenk­ins parentals are sup­port­ive of their sons’ ac­tiv­i­ties, al­low­ing their prop­erty to act like some kind of drift half­way house, of­ten host­ing in­ter­na­tional driv­ers and their cars or travelling New Zealand teams.

Like all good race shops, it’s some­what low-key from the ex­te­rior, with the only ex­ter­nal clue of what lies within the con­verted farm build­ings the moun­tain of de­stroyed Jinyus pok­ing out from be­hind the shed.

The prop­erty was pre­vi­ously home to a prom­i­nent speed­way fam­ily, who first con­verted the farm sheds to a race work­shop — so the muf­fled bark of SRs and RBs would be a pleas­ant change of vol­ume for the sur­round­ing neigh­bours, com­pared with the pre­vi­ous sounds of roar­ing V8 speed­way ma­chines.

Once the boys took pos­ses­sion, they got to work mak­ing the place their own: cleaning up floors, build­ing benches, and adding stor­age and a hoist. The work­shop is split across two build­ings. The smaller of the two is where all the me­chan­i­cal grunt work goes down, and is com­plete with a hoist and ev­ery tool a drifter needs. The larger shop serves as stor­age and an as­sem­bly area. But it’s not all hard work and grease-stained hands — there’s a lounge in the cor­ner and a well-stocked fridge — any work­shop with a dual-door drinks fridge is clearly se­ri­ous about its live-stream mo­tor­sport watch­ing.

The first thing you’ll no­tice is how clean and well or­ga­nized the space is. It’s a proper race-shop lay­out and gets used like one. You can bet the boys know ex­actly where ev­ery­thing is and to which car it be­longs.

Along­side the Jenk­ins’ own comp cars, it’s a re­volv­ing door of dif­fer­ent projects owned by the TJM crew. There’s al­ways some­thing to work on, even if the comp cars are just gath­er­ing dust. But, come race sea­son, the shop works like a well­lu­bri­cated ma­chine.

Run­ning a two-car team in the na­tional cham­pi­onship is no easy feat. It takes many hands, many late nights, and a whole lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion from the en­tire team to make it hap­pen. Most nights, you will find any­where from one to 10-plus sets of hands go­ing hard and mak­ing that dream hap­pen. Hav­ing such a vast shop al­lows them to give back to their crew mem­bers, who work for noth­ing, by of­fer­ing up the shed for them to work on their own ma­chines.

Cur­rent projects on the go in­clude a clean S14, pow­ered

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