About PowerPlay

Simon Gardiner and Mike Conway are the owners of PowerPlay and have been working together for more than 17 years. Together they cover the full gamut of car preparation, development and rebuilds.

As a small team of two they offer personalised service and individual attention to their customers and their customer’s vehicles.

Since 2002 PowerPlay has been working with its customers to achieve their motoring and motorsport goals by offering a full range of inhouse services from billet steel crankshaft design and manufacture right through to complete car builds including engine and chassis dynotuning.

All makes and models are catered for from classic to modern and for every type of motorsport or motoring application from dirt rallying to offroad racing and speedway, to circuit racing and tarmac rallying.

PowerPlay also provides the same service to road going classic and modern cars for customers who want something a little different from the run of the mill bolt-on go-faster parts.

Please browse through the gallery and services tabs for more examples of PowerPlay work.

Contact Mike or Simon for further information or enquiries regarding your automotive or motorsport requirements.

Mike Conway

Mike has developed his skills through of his love of all types of motorsport having competed in a variety of cars in circuit racing, tarmac rallying, motorcycle racing, gravel rallying, speedway and offroad racing in cars and on motorbikes.

In 2017 Mike won the Victorian Rally Championship for 2WD rally cars in his PP Mk2 Escort, also finishing third outright among the 4WDs. At the same time he competed in three different motorcycle road races series on his PP GSXR600, winning the Vic Interclub Road Race championship in both the A & B Grade 600 category and the Pre Mod category for bikes 10 years and older of any capacity.

As well as his motorcycles and cars, Mike is currently rebuilding and modifying a VW Kombi which is being fitted with a 3.8 litre V6 Ecotec engine and complete modern Commodore interior. This project requires a great deal of very lateral and creative thinking, and a huge amount of custom fabrication.

Mike and Simon were outright winners of the Classic Class in 2005 at Targa Tasmania in a Ford Escort that they had developed and built.

Simon Gardiner

Simon’s first project was at the age of 14 when he built a motorbike chassis and won third prize at the Royal Melbourne Show.

After leaving school and finishing his apprenticeship he worked with Ronstan Marine and developed a range of products for racing yachts including designing a fitting used on the Australian yacht that won the America’s Cup.

Simon has campaigned a Datsun 1600 dirt rally car and enjoys his two KTM trail bikes, he also competes in circuit racing events in both a heavily modified MG Midget and a Ford Escort RS1600. Before competing in cars, Simon also raced production motorbikes.

Currently Simon is working on a ground up restoration of his Austin Healey BN1, which was stripped down to a chassis, which was then replaced. It is now on a new chassis and is almost ready to be painted.

One of Simon’s current projects is a ground up rebuild of an Austin Healey BN1 Group Sa race car, the car is now on a new chassis with panel work continuing.