Performax International began business in 1989 as Corvette Queensland in Gympie, just north of the Queensland Sunshine Coast. Co-founders Greg Waters and Brian Learoyd, after achieving their personal ambitions to each own a Chevrolet Corvette, soon found themselves the centre of attention from like-minded enthusiasts.
The business grew steadily, importing and converting a variety of General Motors and other brands’ products. An order in the late Nineties for several hundred GMC cab-chassis for the Victoria ambulance service boosted operations into a higher gear and re-directed the company’s focus toward American pick-ups.
Chevrolet Silverados and GMCs were produced in their hundreds, while the company began to acquire accreditation for a wide range of other vehicles such as the Chevy Corvette, Camaro, Suburban, Denali, Tahoe, Sierra, Yukon, Hummer H2, Ford Mustang and Plymouth Prowler.
The company’s history has included many technical milestones that have cemented its status as the leader in its industry segment. These include the world’s first RHD Camaro in 2010, RHD conversion of the Ford Mustang’s hi-tech electric power steering, the introduction of 3D scanning and printing in the production of high-quality prototype conversion components and the acquisition of federal government Full Volume Compliance approval for the Chev Silverado and Ford Super Duty trucks.
More recently, Performax International has opened a new flagship showroom and service and parts facility built on a greenfield site at North Lakes, on the northern outskirts of Brisbane. The newest and biggest such facility in the Australian RHD conversion industry, it heads a network of 16 authorised sales and service dealers across the country selling new, ready-to-register American pick-ups.
Performax reached another milestone in early 2016 when it significantly expanded its product range with the opening of Queensland’s first HAVAL SUV dealership at North Lakes.
In October 2018, Performax announced itself as Queensland 's first Tickford Enhancement Centre. Growing Performax's reputation in performance aftermarket vehicle personalisation, the team at North Lakes has the expertise to fit increased performance packs to suit, but not limited to Mustang, Ranger and Everest.
Performax International continues to be an innovative, ambitious and respected participant in the Australian motor industry. With founders Greg Waters and Brian Learoyd still at the wheel and new models and new brands on the drawing board, Performax looks forward to an exciting future.