Phil Bailey graduated as a Mechanical Engineer
from Staffordshire University and arrived in Montreal in 1960.
His father worked all his life in the automobile
industry, starting at Sunbeam, building the ash frames for the
Worlds Land Speed Record car and finishing up at Jensen motors in charge of the FF program.
The Jensen was 30 years ahead of it's time, since it was developed with a unique hydraulic four wheel drive system.
At that time in Quebec, many British engineers
working in the aerospace industry and many Canadians owning
British sports cars, badly needed somewhere to race. So that the Mont Tremblant Race track was conceived
and built by enthusiasts for the princely sum of $80,000!
Phil was deeply involved in rallying at that time
and was fortunate enough to have participated in the Shell 4000
Trans-Canada rally on several different occasions, driving for Renault.
When Renault withdrew from rallying and Canada,
Phil got involved with the Tremblant track as Press relations
officer and was blessed with many happy years of racing experience getting to know such legends as Jimmy Clark,
Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, and doing a little club racing of his own on the side.
Phil was also a member of the American Racing Press Association and followed the Can-Am series across
North America for several years. Up until the time that Porsche came along and discouraged everyone!
When the Canadian Grand Prix moved to Ile Notre Dame in the centre of Montreal, Phil was recruited to do
In his retirement from consulting engineering,
Phil bowed to public pressure to open a garage whose policy is
honesty, integrity and technical excellence.
From his experience, standing under cars every
day and discussing car problems with what is probably as good
a group of technicians (they can't be called mechanics anymore) as exist anywhere in Canada, Phil is able to explain,
in simple terms, to car owners with no technical knowledge, the whys and wherefores of their particular problem and
to assure them that he is only doing what he has to do to keep their car on the road..
Phil can be seen from time to time on the Weather Channel, CTV and Channel 9, the community network.
He has written a regular column for the Montreal Gazette and CanadianDriver and has been a well known radio
personality in the Montreal area for many years.
He has worked for both CJAD and CFCF, hosting
a talk show about the automobile industry.
If you have a problem you wish to discuss, you can reach Phil at email@example.com