Restoration shop in Bacchus Marsh (VIC): Meet the crew

AUTO PASSION is run by a very competent and enthusiastic owner Vince Bartolo who has over 35 years of experience in the  industry.



Vince was born and raised in Melbourne's western suburbs and has extensive experience in restoration.

At the age of 15, he started his apprenticeship as a panel beater in a small resto/smash shop in Melbourne CBD. There he enhanced his skills in restoration and learnt to pay attention to the finest detail. A few years later, Vince decided that he needed to learn more about hard and heavy smash repairs. He thus started working in several smash shops around Melbourne, gaining valuable experience and knowledge about the trade he loved.

By the age of 20, Vince was working with prestige cars like Rolls Royce, Bentley, Austin Martin, Ferrari, Mercedes Benz etc. At the age of 25, Vince bought his own smash shop in Melbourne CBD. He ran his own business with pride and passion and won several concourses along the way! Eventually outgrowing the shop in the CBD. Vince is now situated in Bacchus Marsh (Maddingley) where his passion lies in restorations, building hot rods, steel & fibre glass work, classic and prestige cars, building chassis, roof chops, wheel tubs, classic smash work, custom painting, candy painting.


Vince is a qualifyed mechanic, Vince has had a passion for car since the age of 12, he started his apprenticeship at the age of 15 years old and was fully qualified at the age of 18.

Vince has a passion for classic and prestige cars, he specialises in Alfa Romeo's, fiats and ferrari's. Vince has a wife and 7 kids has lived locally for 7 years and competes in motorsport racing in which Auto Passion is his sponsor.

Vince is consistanly updating his knowledge and skills in the motor mechanical industrie, researching all the new vehicles being released, his always on the go at Auto Passion.

For all your mechanical needs come in and see Vince at Auto Passion whether its for a minor service or a major service theres no job to big or to small.



Julie is our office manager and spends most of her time found behind the desk in the Auto Passion office. Her duties include answering the phone, speaking with customers, assesors from insurance companys and locating parts and supplies from stockists. She also picks up parts and takes vehicles for wheel alignments, electrical or mechanical work to other local buisnesses. Julie also picks up and drops off customers when their cars have been repaired at Auto Passion. She always likes to detail the customers cars and check them before the customer collects their car to ensure good customer service and a very happy customer.


Caleb is a vital member of the AUTO PASSION team and is currently a second year apprentice panel beater. He really enjoys his work and thinks its great having been given the oppertunity to work on such a wide variety of cars that he does at Auto Passion. He has previously worked in the Ballarat area where he began his trade. He has a real interest in cars and takes pride and care in all that he does.


Meet Rebecca who you will find working in our office. Rebecca has been working within the automotive industry scince she was 16 years old. Beck has as always had a keen interest in cars and has a daughter who is 9 years old as well as 3 step sons and loves spending time with her partner and kids. In her spare time she enjoys making cakes and gardening


Gino is a qualifyed panel beater who has been in the trade for around 25 years. He loves what he does and has a keen eye for detail and producing high quality work. He has worked on many different types of vehicles from prestige cars to paddock bombs. Gino loves to sing as he works and you can often hear him belt out a tune whilst he taps away at a metal panel. (Thank god he dosn't dance lol)


Charlie is a miniture dachund who comes to work at AUTO PASSION nearly every day. He works very hard being super cute, greeting customers and checking if the staff are doing their job collecting pats everywhere he goes.

After a long day at Auto Passion he loves to go home and play with his friends Pepper and Hurrah.


Joe is our newest member of the Auto Passion Team, Joe is a fully qualified spraypainter and has worked in the industry for 20+ years!!

Joe has 3 kids, in Joes spare time he love to watch the footy whilst enjoying a beer or two. Joe also has a love for music, he has also played in bands from time to time, maybe Joe should break out the guitar for Gino who loves to sing and we could start the Auto Passion Band haha!!

Joe is looking to move to the Bacchus Marsh area in the near future and Joe has a passion for cars just like all our staff here at Auto Passion, and he just loves life.


Cody has a truck back ground, and has previously worked in customising trucks, Cody has also driven trucks and has his heavy licence to allow him to drive.

Cody has a passion for the automotive industry. Cody is our Star detailer here at Auto Passion, his work includes: Metal Polishing, Paint Polishing, Sanding Panels, Sanding Alloys, Fibre Glass Work, Paint Work, Truck Refinishing, Paint Re-Juvinating, and Detailing.

Cody has a great personality with a cheeky smile and has the happy go lucky attitude, maybe Cody could be the Auto Passion back up singer in the Auto Passion band with that great personality and cheeky smile. (he has the boy band look about him)