Mark Winn ran the very successful RAAF Base Service Station for over 13 years. When the RAAF Base at Winnellie went to heightened security it was impossible for Mark to continue to provide his business in the same way at the RAAF Base Service Station.
Phil Kerr ran Phil Kerr Service Centre for over 37 years but was ready to retire.
The NT grapevine spread the news of the RAAF Base Service Station closure and Phil Kerr heard Mark was now in the market for a change to bigger and better premises.
Phil and Mark supported by their partners Jan & Jill shared a beer one Saturday afternoon, exchanged a handshake and the business changed hands enabling Phil to enjoy his 60th birthday and retire and Mark to move his business to Phil Kerr Service Centre.
Phil continued to frequent the workshop almost on a daily basis when he was well enough, to mentor new staff and apprentices and pass on his wealth of knowledge and also because Jill made him Garlic Prawns for lunch!
Since the sad passing of Phil in 2015 the business is looked over every day by a mural of Phil in his orange FJ Holden thanks to talented neighbours David Collins from Mayfair Gallery and Jesse Bell.