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About Revolution Porsche

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We are Revolution Porsche, an independent Porsche Specialist based in Yorkshire. With qualified Porsche technicians we offer friendly expert advice on all things Porsche.

We cover all models of Porsche both past and present. We have all the latest tools and diagnostic equipment, couple this with our Porsche trained technicians and expertise and you can be assured that all work is carried out to the highest expected standards.

We offer everything from a 111 Point Inspection and Safety Check, to a full Porsche engine rebuild, so please give us a call and we will happily discuss any issues you may have or any upgrades you are considering.

With qualified Porsche technicians we offer friendly expert advice on all things Porsche.

 

Russ Stanley

Director/Partner

Russ Stanley, Director/Partner

 

Russell is well aware of the highs (and lows) of owning and running a Porsche, and also has more than two decades of customer service under his belt. He combines all that experience in his role as Revolution Porsche’s back of house engine. 

Since setting up the business he has devoted his efforts to designing systems and improving service levels so that our customers don’t have to endure the kind of frustrations that are all too common when dealing with garages. His work also means that our team of skilled technicians can focus exclusively on the cars, as everything else is taken care of.

I’ve introduced a bespoke digital job management system to facilitate the smooth running of Revolution Porsche,” Russell explains. “This handles everything from quoting to ordering stock, tracking projects, building a database of customer vehicles, keeping customers informed every step of the way to the final invoice - a true cradle to grave service.

While his wider business experience has proved invaluable, Russell has also learned a lot. “I’ve developed practical skills, such as pricing jobs and sourcing parts, and adapted my customer service skills to the unique environment of Porsche maintenance - all of which has helped us to deliver great service to our customers.

When not running the business, Russell can often be found on Porsche owners’ forums chatting with fellow enthusiasts. He spends hours pointing potential and existing customers in the right direction, helping them with technical queries or offering reassurance that their ‘disaster’ is fixable and that there is a quick and cost-effective way to get their pride and joy back on the road. 

Russell will often be your first point of contact at Revolution Porsche - whether that’s in person, on the phone or via email - and you can rely on him to put your needs first every time you deal with us.

Gareth Merrick

Director/Partner

Gareth Merrick, Director/Partner

Gareth and Scott have been friends since they started working together at the Official Porsche Centre – Leeds in 2000. Gareth started his Technician career working on specialist cars, these included Ferrari, Maserati and Lotus before he moved over to the Porsche marque as the Porsche department offered much more training that enabled him to forward his career. Gareth spent five years working at Porsche Leeds in which time he became a highly skilled, Porsche trained technician. He was then approached by an old workshop controller for whom he had worked with at Porsche Leeds who asked him to go and work at Leeds Volkswagen to become their Master Technician.

With that in mind and a burning ambition to expand his skill set, he did and soon became a qualified Volkswagen Master Technician. Soon after he was asked if he would like to become a Technical Support Engineer for VAG group UK which he accepted until Scott called Gareth and asked him to work alongside him again on Porsche, you guessed it, with his passion for Porsche cars he accepted and  for two years he worked with Russ and Scott before it was decided that it was time for them to move on, so along with Russ and Scott they opened up Revolution Porsche Specialists to cater of all your Porsche needs.

Scott Bastow

Porsche Trained Technician

Scott Bastow, Porsche Trained Technician

Scott left school in 1988 and started an apprenticeship with a small garage in Eccleshill, Bradford. This was a defining moment in his career as he was mentored by mechanics that had been in the trade for some time. He started his 5 year City and Guilds course at the age of 16 and in 1996 Scott was then given the opportunity to move into a position at JCT 600 Porsche in Bradford, which he swiftly took. This was the beginning of the Porsche Experience.

In his first year at JCT Porsche, Scott was working alongside some highly experienced Porsche Technicians along with attending several courses on both air-cooled and the newly emerging 986/996 water-cooled engines. In the year 2000, JCT Porsche moved to JCT 600 in Leeds and eventually Scott and Gareth met. They went on to form an excellent working relationship and a friendship outside of work. They both continued to gain valuable experience in the Porsche field by not only working on all the many kinds of Porsche models. They attended many Porsche courses, not only in the UK but also in Stuttgart, Germany.

In 2009 Scott decided that it was time to start his own Porsche Specialists in his home town, which eventually led to Scott, Gareth and Russ working together. Over the 2 years at Pro-Porsche the 3 of them built a fantastic customer database and a very good reputation as a Porsche Specialist across the whole of the UK. In July 2011, due to a conflict of interests within the company, Russ, Scott and Gareth moved on and formed Revolution Porsche Specialists.

Danny Kaye

Porsche Technician & Workshop Manager (Leeds)

Danny is an experienced Porsche technician who spent six years with Carlton Porsche, before joining the Revolution team when we bought the Birstall-based workshop.

He has been obsessed by cars ever since helping his Grandfather to restore MGB roadsters, a Triumph Stag and a Mustang, and became a Porsche fanatic when he first saw a Flatnose 911 in the early 1990s.

Danny started to help out at Carlton while he was still at school and was subsequently lucky enough to get a full-time job there and to learn from Mick Goy, who started the business back in 1972.

Mick passed on lots of mechanical and fabrication expertise, but the most important thing he taught me was the importance of great customer service,” explains Danny. “His mantra was ‘Do it right or don’t do it at all’, and that has helped me to ensure that every job I do - from changing a tyre to rebuilding an engine - is completed to a very high standard.

During his time with Carlton, Danny worked on Porsche models ranging from the 912 to the 991, not to mention several Porsche 997 race cars from the Porsche GT3 Cup and his dream car, a Porsche 959. Jobs included everything from routine services to full restorations of classics and fabricating Porsche parts that are no longer available.   

He enjoys the challenge of helping customers to keep their cars in top condition and believes that he’s impressed them with his fault finding ability, workmanship and attention to detail, as he now counts many of them as friends! Having spent the past three years managing the Carlton workshop, Danny knows that joining the Revolution team will be a big change - but it’s one he’s looking forward to.  

I will miss Mick but am delighted that the new owners also aspire to the highest standards of technical expertise and customer service,” says Danny. “The change gives me the opportunity to carry on working with the whole Porsche range and to keep on learning and further improving my skills.

When not at work, Danny enjoys restoring classic cars, motocross (he has an impressive 6th-place finish in the AMCA Championships to his name) and off-roading in a 4x4 he has built.

Mark Laverick

General Assistant

Mark joins the Revolution team as a general assistant to help make our back office operation slicker and allow us to further improve our customer service. He first met Russ on a vehicle diagnostic forum a few years ago and they got to know each other by talking about (you’ve guessed it), their passion for German cars.

Mark has excellent IT skills, a flair for parts and fantastic knowledge of vehicle diagnostic software - all of which will help our in-house systems to run more smoothly and quickly.  We’re also particularly impressed with his attention to detail and commitment to giving customers the service they really need.

Having left college in 1997 and studying for A-Levels and a computing course, I went to work in a computer shop where I would take as long as needed with a customer to discuss their requirements, with no pressure or hard sell from me,” Mark explains. “On one occasion I spoke with a customer regarding his needs and, after a lengthy chat, he left the shop having saved himself hundreds of pounds on a PC he was unlikely to turn on.

He’s now looking forward to taking the same approach with Revolution Porsche’s customers.

I am not going to sell you a repair or upgrade that you do not need. If you do need some Porsche  parts and there will be genuine benefit, then I' m your man", he says.

Like everyone here Mark is passionate about performance cars and he is looking forward to combining that with his love of all things high-tech.

I have always been interested in technology and with the world of cars and computers becoming ever closer, I’ve developed an obsession with how things work under the bonnet.  I’ve even done some complex retrofitting on my own cars,” Mark says. “I’m now looking forward to learning more about Porsches from Russ and the rest of the experts on the Revolution team.

Joe Hunt

Porsche Technician

Joe Hunt Porsche technician

Joe has been working on Porsches with us for over six years, since he was at school and we’re delighted that, following extensive hands-on training with the Revolution team and after studying at KITS training centre, he completed his apprenticeship and is now a fully-fledged technician.

He wanted to be a motor vehicle technician from an early age after his Dad, who works for the RAC, told him about the cars he had owned and how much fun it was to be with other enthusiasts in a workshop. Joe was immediately keen to become as good with cars as his Dad and set about trying to forge a similar career.

While still a youngster he started to help out with the family cars and eventually this took up most of his spare time. At the age of 15 Joe landed his perfect Saturday job at Revolution’s forerunner Pro-Porsche in Brighouse - after his Dad recovered a Porsche to the garage and asked if they needed any help - and the experience made him even keener to become a technician.

Working with high-end cars and a specialist team at such an early stage of my time in the motor trade made me even more determined to become an apprentice technician,” explains Joe. “So I worked with them in the school holidays and showed as much interest and dedication to the job as possible. It was well worth the effort, as I was told there was a job waiting for me when I left school.

After starting work with the Revolution team, Joe completed the tests to join the KITS apprenticeship training centre and began studying to become a qualified motor vehicle technician. He spent two years working towards achieving his NVQ and LVQ in light vehicle, and then gained further qualifications in diagnosing and rectifying chassis faults, electrical, engine and transmission faults on his way to becoming an Advanced Apprentice Technician in his final year.

We’re delighted with how quickly Joe has learned the ins and outs of Porsches and the high level of the skills he’s developed, but Joe isn’t finished yet.

I’ve been working with the Revolution team for seven years now and still aim to gain more knowledge and further qualifications with them,” he says. “I look forward to my future with Revolution as I have the perfect team to work with, who have the level of expertise in the trade that I wish to achieve myself.

 

Phil Hillyard

Porsche Technician

We are delighted to welcome Phil, our newest member of the Revolution team here at the Brighouse branch. He joins us to extend his motor vehicle knowledge and specialise in the Porsche brand.

Being a diploma certificated technician at a Ford dealership based in Mid Wales for 7 years, Phil climbed the ladder from apprentice to senior tech, but the need to progress and follow his automotive ambitions leads him to Revolution. Embracing relocating from the rural hills of Welshpool in Mid Wales to the hustle and bustle of Brighouse town, we are delighted he has settled in well within the team and his new surroundings. Phil brings to the company; a keen eye for detail, professional attitude and a dealership trained work ethic. Working alongside the Revolution team Phil is fast learning the ropes of the Porsche marquee, learning something new every day from his fellow team members.

“Every day is learning, from working with Joe doing major servicing to assisting on engine rebuilds with Gareth, there is a vast knowledge that the guys share with me that I am taking on board, with my own future goals of becoming a specialist at Revolution.” Phil says. As well as being in the workshop Phil has a good interactive customer front

“Having the professional attitude I was taught in dealership ensures customers’ expectations that there car is well looked after. Communication being key I am often interacting with the customer to clarify any faults or requirements that are needed, customers like knowing who’s working on their pride and joy and that adds to Revolution’s great reputation”

Phil’s ambition for cars sparked at an early age, working with his dad on classic cars that he has owned over the years, varying from; 1920’s Rolls Royce, Mercedes 230SL, MGA roadster to a Ford Cortina GT. The passion for speed has lead Phil to build his own project; a highly modified Vauxhall VX220, soon to be finished ready for summer and show season, but he has a keen idea for a new track car project it may even be a Porsche!

We are very pleased to have Phil as a team member of Revolution and have high expectations of him being a fully fledged Porsche specialist. Relocating has shown dedication to his future career here at Revolution and he is a valued member of our team. “My ambition of being a specialist at Revolution will be achievable with the great team I have around me, I look forward to the future with Revolution to gain the knowledge I need to succeed”

 

Scott Bastow has achieved…

  • - City & Guilds Part One and Two of Motor Vehicle Craft Studies
  • - Porsche PO1 Service Introduction Course
  • - Porsche Boxster Technical Introduction
  • - Porsche P90 General Electrics Part 2
  • - Porsche 996 Technical Introduction
  • - Porsche 986 Engine Repair
  • - Porsche 996 Engine Repair
  • - Porsche 986/996 Cabriolet Roof Repair and Diagnosis
  • - Porsche PC2 IT Training
  • - Porsche PC3 IT Training
  • - Porsche P22 Interpretating Motronic System faults
  • - Porsche P09 Electrical Systems
  • - Porsche Motronic Fuel and Ignition Systems
  • - Porsche 996 Turbo Engine Repair
  • - Porsche Boxster 986 Training
  • - Porsche 996 Training

Gareth Merrick has achieved…

  • - Porsche 996 Turbo Engine Repair
  • - Porsche Boxster 986 training
  • - Porsche 996 training
  • - Land Rover Supplementary Restraining Systems (SRS)
  • - Customer Care Skills
  • - Land Rover Computer Diagnostics (Textbook)
  • - Land Rover Auto Courses
  • - NVQ Level 3, Maintenance and Repair (Light Vehicles)
  • - NVQ Level 3, Vehicle Electrical and Mechanical Systems
  • - Motor Industry Training Council Modern Apprenticeship
  • - VISB Approved vehicle installer
  • - Induction to Porsche Cars
  • - VR219 Volkswagen Master Technician customer excellence
  • - T63V Volkswagen Master Technician warranty and service procedures
  • - T46V Volkswagen Tiguan technical Launch
  • - T17V Electrical systems
  • - ELTAB171V Volkswagen vehicle networks
  • - MT03V Volkswagen Master Technician
  • - T16V Volkswagen Occupant Safety
  • - T32V Volkswagen Climate Control Systems
  • - T30V Volkswagen ABS and Associated Systems
  • - TEX174V Volkswagen EOS Roof Specialist Training
  • - T38V Volkswagen Petrol Engine Management
  • - T202V Volkswagen Touareg Service and Training
  • - T10V Technical Introduction to Volkswagen
  • - T18V Volkswagen Workshop Information, service and PDI systems
  • - T15V Volkswagen Electrical diagnosis module 1
  • - T18V Volkswagen Electrical diagnosis module 2
  • - VR235 Volkswagen product knowledge for Aftersales
  • - TAB141V Volkswagen four wheel alignment
  • - TAB132 Volkswagen Automatic Transmissions
  • - TAB121V Volkswagen diesel engine management
  • - TAB120V Volkswagen petrol engine management
  • - T50V Volkswagen Introduction to VAS5051
  • - ELTAB171K Skoda vehicle networks
  • - ELT24K Skoda Pumpe Duse
  • - T14/T10K Skoda vehicle electrics
  • - TAB131A Audi Manual Gearbox
  • - xATA Master Technician
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