About Us

Strange Workshop, the name started off as a joke between two mates back in early 2012, a Facebook page to document photos of the car that was being built for John Purdie who lived in Sydney and Jon Sowden who founded Strange Workshop, back in Auckland. The name stuck and as a result, we now have one of NZ's leading automotive service, repair and performance destinations.
Jon has been in around the performance and race car scene since 1995, he has worked on everything from Nissan Micras and Toyota Corollas  through to Japanese, euro and Porsche GT3 Cup cars. He started off in Paraparaumu, mainly experimenting with Mazda Rotaries and engine conversions with his mates,  it simply grew from a passion then a hobby turned full time professional business.