Originally from Fraserburgh, the 31 year old opened Strachan’s Garage Ltd in Maud this May with help from Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire.
“I love cars, racing them and working on them, it’s all I’ve ever done and I thought why not work for myself and open my own garage. I grew up in Fraserburgh but got the chance of ideal premises in Maud so I’ve moved here.
“The garage has only been open a few months but it’s going well with more work coming in every week.
“Last year I took a business studies course which gave me some knowledge and also helped to convince me that opening a business was what I wanted to do.
“My fiancé, Lauren Reeves, and I then went to a Business Gateway Start-Up Workshop and following that they contacted me to offer more help.”
Speaking about the start of his interest in racing, he said: “I took up Stock Car racing when I was 12-years-old where I entered mini stocks which then lead onto National Saloon Stock Cars when I was 16, but my brother died in 2011 which had a big impact on me and I gave it all up at that point.
“I missed racing though and started again in August last year so I was pleased to make the 2013 World Finals after such a short time back behind the wheel.
“My sights are now set on the local Saloon Stock Car Championships,” said Alistair.
Roz Caudwell, Business Adviser at Business Gateway, said: “Winning a place in the World Finals was a great achievement and highlights the energy, talent and commitment that Alistair has for cars.
“These are valuable qualities when running a business and this young man’s passion gives him a natural advantage which he has put to good use with this venture.
“Alistair’s gift as a mechanic is bringing in customers and it’s our role to provide advice with the business element.
“We’re assisting with financial matters, helping set up a business account, and exploring website options.
Roz added: “We look forward to supporting the continued growth of Strachan’s Garage Ltd and wish Alistair well in the local Stock Car Championships.”
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