Pete has been in the area for over 25 years. His background is Greek. His parents are both migrants, who came to Australia in the 1960’s. His Dad was a barber.
His business is called “I fix ‘em Car repairs” and Pete fixes cars, especially classic cars. Or what some people call “old cars”.
When he started the business he was living in Erskineville. He loves the people in the are- “it’s not the Eastern Suburbs snob crowd”. “Can you call the working class if they’re not working?” He reckons they are the remanence of the railway workers and then people who were relocated to the area by the state government.
When he first bought the building people said to him :“why are you buying an overpriced warehouse and who would want to live or work here anyway?”
Everyone had a bad opinion of the people who live here.
Pete fixed their cars and with that kept alive the old/classic cars these people loved! He learnt their ways and adapted to the Waterloo style of life : “Can you keep it going- I will win the lotto/pokies next week…”
Apart from specializing in classic cars and being a general mechanic, Pete has always picked up dumped bikes and Soccer Balls etc and fixed them up for the local kids in the area.