Pete Weatherly's background in farming goes back nearly 40 years. He has run a limousine car service, been a mechanic for 25 years, owned and operated a mechanical workshop for ten years and managed a Stihl Shop. Now he is building custom Suzuki Jimnys. He has raced vehicles from 4X4 trail trucks, stock cars and speedway saloons to a road legal V8 Mitsubishi Pajero and a Mitsubishi Triton 07' diesel. He has a shelf full of trophies from his exploits building and racing custom trucks. His latest passion stemmed from growing up on the family farm of 880 acres in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. He wanted a tough, agile and economical farm vehicle that wouldn't break and wouldn't break the bank - and being Pete he set about building one himself! The result was the first Farm Mate, and it proved so successful - and so popular - that he now builds them to order for customers throughout New Zealand.