Monday, December 14, 2009

Casual Training Positions Available Australia Wide

Contractor Training Positions – Workshop Trainer VIC, SA, WA, TAS, ACT

Why join our Garage Crew?
Galmatic is an all Australian company, with a strong passion about empowering women to take the driver’s seat when it comes to cars, driving and the road safety of their family and friends. Our philosophy is:

Independence Knowledge Fun Liberation Empowerment

We are a one stop destination for women looking for car care products services and advice; in an open and non threatening environment.
We think of ourselves as an old fashioned garage: where you know your customers and provide them with second to none service.

We specialise in:
Car Care workshops for Girls: which are fun, interactive and informative
The Galmatic Car Care Handbook for Girls – every girl’s glovebox essential
Premium Car Care Products
Information: Car Forum, blog and monthly newsletter

We are holistic in our approach; we are a total car care garage.

Educate – workshops, handbook, newsletter, blog

Provide and source – premium products

Promote ideas and discussion – car club forum

Who are we looking for?
Do you have a training background or perhaps just love to teach?
We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic women, who enjoy working with people, are looking for flexible working hours and enjoy cars.

You don’t need to be a mechanic or even have extensive car knowledge; just a passion for working with people. Oh and of course excellent communication skills is a must!

We also love people with a sense of humour and a sense of fun.

As a Galmatic Workshop Trainer you will enjoy:
§ Facilitating fun and interactive car care workshops for women
§ As a contractor you enjoy the freedom of working for yourself and the support of Galmatic
§ Induction and ongoing training – in both car maintenance and business skills
§ Yearly training conference
§ Assistance from Galmatic at every step
§ Excellent remuneration

Galmatic Training Consultants are Casual Contractor roles
Do I need training?
We conduct Induction training quarterly (in Sydney) and have an annual training conference.

Induction training runs through all of the nuts and bolts of basic car care; but don’t worry, we have a fabulous facilitators manual that you get to take home.
We also go over facilitation skills training as well.

What will I earn?
Galmatic Workshops run for a minimum of two hours with 5 or more participants.
Here’s the good part.

Consultants earn $hourly wage p/h + commission on sales generated within the workshop.

Joining the Crew
Interested in becoming a crew member? It’s easy.
1. First step is to tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to be a Galmatic Workshop Trainer. Just send us an email to
2. If we think your Galmatic material; we will email you our joining the crew application which asks you a little more about yourself
3. If you’re in Sydney we will catch up with you for a chat, if not we can chat on Skype

We look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fire Warning – in this heat cars need water too

In NSW and parts of VIC we are have been issued with the catastrophic fire danger warning. Clever people clean their gutters, trim back trees and sweep away debris. They bring pets inside where it is cool and water the plants. The car however often gets forgotten during a heat wave.
No your car will not cry or whimper in the heat, but yes it does get thirsty and hot and a hot cat that overheats on a hot day on the freeway can be a nightmare.

All it takes girls is a quick check and you will stay cruising cool this summer.
1. Pop the bonnet
2. Look around for the water reservoir (don’t remove the radiator cap)
3. Fill the water reservoir with coolant, you can purchase this from any service station or even cheaper at automotive stores
4. Fill the windscreen wiper container with water
5. Check the air in your tyres and pump them up to the recommended pressure. You can find this info on the tyre placard which is usually on the inside of the driver’s door
6. Avoid sitting in traffic if you can (yeah like we do it on purpose I hear you say)!

And remember days at the beach are fun, but don’t forget to wash your car. Salt is the ultimate ageing factor for your car.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Defensive Driving for Women

After 22 years of driving and teaching women in our ‘Know Your Car’ workshops – I was looking forward to a day at the track last Saturday. Mark was teaching our Inaugural ladies only Defensive Driving course ‘Control Your Car’.

Armed with biscuits and sandwiches and clothing which was way too hot for the day – I drove to Eastern Creek, ready for a day of learning. Of course a room full of girls isn’t hard to get chatting and nearly all of us admitted to thinking we were quite the girl racers.
The day started with theory – good driving techniques, essential do’s and don’ts and of course the footage that we all squirm from. Statistics, photos and crash tests dummies. Yes we had all seen them before, however it seemed so much more powerful with the image of the drag strip in the window behind us.

The need to reduce speed to reduce risk was articulated by Mark. Yes I know that I have heard speed is a major factor in road fatalities, but as with most people, I had always coupled it with luck, wet roads, other bad drivers etc. The point that came across clearly and strongly is that speed is a variable we can control – even when we can’t control the other factors.
All 13 women were just amazed, why don’t we learn this stuff at school – in this way? We groaned and shook our heads – no more speed racing we thought.

And then yes the time we had all been waiting for arrived– our turn on the track.
We all drove our cars to the start point as Mark hosed down the track. As if it wasn’t hard enough to practice emergency braking, we were going to do it on a wet road!
Girl after girl we went down the track, repeated at different speeds and had to brake suddenly as ‘Timmy’ jumped out in front of us. Emergency braking and quick decision making, with no radio on and the windows down suddenly 80 kms seemed so fast. How on earth can I stop a car when the radio is on, I am thinking about the day ahead and am tired? The concentration we were using was enormous – could we ever replicate this in real life?

But like Mark taught us – the aim of the day is not to be proficient at stopping at high speeds, but to realise the distance it takes to stop a car and the affects of speed on distance. Again reiterated for me was the need to reduce speed in order to reduce risk.
Speed and in essence my ability to control this variable could just save my and others lives.

Hot from the heat on off the track and with a head full of images and information I drove home – hands at 9am and 3pm and thought ‘When can I next get on the track?”
For dates of our next Galmatic Defensive Driving Day check out our website

Friday, October 9, 2009

Go gaga for Go Go dancing

Moment of truth on Saturday when I tried to slip into last year’s swimming costume – where did the winter blubber come from? “How did this happen” I asked?
Well I retired as a dancer, stopped rowing and fell pregnant all in the same year – but the disappointment was none the less the same!
Do I really want to start social dancing again just to lose those extra kilos? And then whilst sitting on the couch (yes I know) I saw the sexy Anna on ‘Are you smarter than a 5th grader’.

Anna teaches Go-Go dancing! How delicious, so I couldn’t help myself, I had to ask her all about it!
Now for all you retro gals who like to shake it – you’re going to love Anna's Go-Go Academy
We spoke to Anna about the new (but old) craze sweeping the dance floor.

Anna what is Go-Go dancing?
Go-go was the number one dance style of the 60s, and now its back and more fun than ever! Dances range from The Monkey to The Boogaloo and The Pony,
Go-go dancing is high-energy and is a great way to lose weight, but most of all its great fun!
Anna’s students learn the exciting art of go-go dancing in a fun and social environment (with a licensed bar!). No dance experience is necessary, and in every class, students learn a range of fun moves they can use straight away on the dance floor.

How long have you been teaching for?
I have been running my Go-Go Academy in Melbourne for 5 years, and will soon be adding more classes to the schedule. I am currently on a mission to amass a go-go army.

What is it about Go-Go dancing that makes you gaga?
Go-go dancing is high-energy and is a great way to lose weight, but most of all its great fun! Bring your mates! Bring your mum! Do the Pulp Fiction, The Pony and The Ski at your next party and impress your friends with your knowledge of these classic and exciting moves!

And your car Anna?
In between classes I love driving my 1964 AMC Rambler Classic sedan (V8 of course, vroom!),

Check out Anna’s Go-Go Academy and her gorgeous burlesque troupe Hi Ball Burlesque

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Photos from the Beachley Surf Classic

Hotrod at the Beachley Surf Classic

We braved the rain and wind today to make our way down to Dee Why Beach for the Beachley Surf Classic.

Anna’s gorgeous pink hotrod decided to have a flat battery in the morning and then again in the pouring rain in the afternoon – but never fear the Galmatic Car Care girls were here and we got onto our way!

The day was a blast especially with Karolina in fine funny form and we raised valuable funds for the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation.

A big thank you to our Galmatic crew and the girls from Royal Blush and Shophouse.
Thanks to everyone who donated and we hope you like your photo with our hotrod!
Galmatic proudly supports the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation. We donate $5 from every Galmatic 'Know your Car' workshop to the foundation and $1 from every sale of the Galmatic Handbook.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ladies be a pin up for a day

This Saturday 03 October 2009 the girls can look like a glamour gal – and help young girls reach their goals by helping the Layne Beachley Aim For The Stars Foundation.

Dee Why beach is hosting the Beachley Ladies Surf Classic - down by the Surf Club, girls will be having a ball being dolled up like 1950’s glamour gals and getting their photo taken with a pink hotrod!

The $5.00 donation will go to the Aim For The Stars Foundation.
Enjoy a day by the beach, look like a glamour queen and help young women to aim for the stars.

More about Us:
Galmatic – Is Australia’s premier pit stop for car care workshops and car products for women. Galmatic is run by local Narrabeen business woman and mother of two Eleni Mitakos.
Our Control Your Car defensive driving course is just for the girls and gets them behind the wheel of their own car, on a race track, under controlled conditions - to experience safe car handling in hazardous conditions.
Aim For The Stars
“Dare to Dream, Pursue their Passion and Aspire to Achieve".
The foundation is about Encompassing academic, sport, cultural and community pursuits, Aim for the Stars offers ambitious and dedicated females an opportunity to receive financial and moral support to help them achieve their goals.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Defensive Driver Training for Women

Calling All Girl Racers Galmatic has been running car care workshops for women for 2 years now and so many women have been enjoying getting to know the car - and for some even popping the bonnet for the first time.We have been asked frequently over the last year or so about Defensive driver Training - so we could have a better control of the car they now new a little about.We are very excited to have partnered up with Driver Skills Australia to offer full day courses Australia wide. Not sure what defensive driving is? Well...Do you know how speed, wet roads and risk taking effects the way both you and your car react on the road?
Ever practiced emergency stopping?
Know how to control your car in dangerous conditions?
Launching the new Galmatic Defensive Driver Training Course

‘Control Your Car’
This 1 day course is fun, action packed and informative
A must for all drivers – enjoy this informative gals only course
Workshops are run Australia wide
Just girls, their cars and the race track!
Click below for more info on your nearest course
Eastern Creek ● Mount Cotton ● Springvale
Hurry places filling fast!

How to write a Blog

When I started the Galmatic blog - I used the 'voice' of our cartoon mascot Georgie. I did this because I have never been a diary writer and thought that a cartoon character could get away with saying more cheeky and opinionated things without offending anyone.

As the blog has evolved, I at some point turned into 'me', without intending to and have actually found writing for the blog a lot easier.

For me the hardest thing about keeping a blog is that I wasn't sure who would be reading it, so over the last few months have tried to just enjoy the writing process and not think about the intended reader.

I really enjoyed Mia's blog video where she talks about her experience writing her blog (below).

Have you found it tricky starting your blog and were you a diary writer before?

Untitled from Mamamia on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Love the Beast

I watched Eric Bana’s documentary ‘Love the Beast’ today. It covers his lifelong passion for car racing and his childhood car, a Ford falcon XB Coupe.
I sat down to watch what I thought would be a film about car racing – and found that I was drawn in on several levels and really enjoyed the film.
It delves beautifully into the bond of friendship and family and how a vehicle can be the ‘campfire’ that bonds young men.
The thing that struck me the most about the film is how it made me think about what do young women do as teenagers? Do we have a similar pass time that can bond us like working on, learning about and experimenting with cars does for boys?
The car for a young man can be such a passage of freedom – an escape and also an awakening. It provides them with both a knowledge and passion for cars that allows them to understand them and not fear them. On the whole women do not have this same freedom.
‘Love the Beast’ – beautifully ties in the intimate relationship a young man can develop with his car and by the end of the film, the viewer too feels a bond with Eric’s red beast.
As a man he enjoys the thrill of racing and the documentary has an interview/conversation with Dr Phill and Eric. Dr Phill explains the need people have for a hobby – a love/passion for something other than the chores and work tasks that we do for income. Again what struck me was how frequently women fall out of this category. Eric in the film has the ability to pursue his dream- even as the father of two. How many women who work and have young families have the luxury of pursuing a hobby with the intensity of car racing?
A beautiful film – that made me think. Perhaps Galmatic can help to create a car culture amongst young women, so in time they too can love the beast.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Famous movie cars

At our recent crew training day - we ran through the famous car scenes that we could think of from movies. Every one's answers were very interesting and showed each of our personalities very clearly.
So did what we remembered of these movies and of course our ages played a major role.

Here are our top 5 car scenes/videos/car favourites. We collated and then averaged out our answers.
Would love to hear what yours are and what do you think they say about you?

1. Ah we have all seen Back to the future - the DeLorean, who wouldn't want one.

2. The General Lee - We argued over whether to go the original movie for this - but Miss bikini won! And yes all our crew are women! But I couldn't help myself - the below version has the man in black Mr Cash singing.

3. Think you know the words to this one? Go to our Greased Lightning post and test yourself

4. Ms Jole, Mr Cage and yes the eternal unicorn of car's Eleanor. From the movie Gone in 60 seconds, Eleanor is a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby - most famous quote "Go baby Go".

5. We couldn't work out who won this one, Kitt or The Hoff - a Knight Rider classic!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Know Your Car Girls

It's so much fun teaching our 'Know Your Car' workshops for women.
It feels like years since I have taught a class - 15 years of dance teaching leaves you with a few tricks up your sleeve!

No video can show you how much fun we have at one of our workshops - but it will give you a snippet!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Yummy yummy crap in my tummy

Why is it that long days that end with long car trips always seem to lead to terrible junk food?
Sunday was a fun day at the Rat Rod Day - working in the nice Spring sun and with two little people in tow, the inevitable golden arches glowed enticingly on the hour drive home.

Why is it that the link between cruising and junk food is so strong? How many car trips can you recall with a stop at McDonalds or greasy food from the petrol station?
Why don't we pack cut fruit, cucumbers and carrot sticks in advance?

Has anyone done a study on Maccas and road trips? Is there perhaps another documentary here to make?

Perhaps someone will invent 'healthy drive through' and call it Road trip diner!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Aim for the stars

Ever had a dream that you knew you could achieve if only….
Perhaps you have watched the Olympics and wanted to ice skate, (I am convinced every 4 years that a triple soucow* is dead easy to do).
Or the Rocky franchise of films – I have a photo with the Rocky statue and believe me the stairs to the Philadelphia Museum are very steep indeed – even when humming the dadadadada dad a theme.

There are a lot of girls out there with dreams to fill and a little confused on how to start on the road. As a company run by and for women we were looking to see how we could further help women to feel empowered to do anything and everything they dreamed of.

You can imagine our delight when we saw the mission of Layne Benchley’s Aim for the Stars Foundation:
"Dare to Dream, Pursue their Passion and Aspire to Achieve".

The foundation is about Encompassing academic, sport, cultural and community pursuits, Aim for the Stars offers ambitious and dedicated females an opportunity to receive financial and moral support to help them achieve their goals.

Empower yourself at a Galmatic Car Care Workshop for Women and we will donate $5.00 pp to the Aim for the Stars Foundation.

Subscribe to Layne’s blog and newsletter – find out more about the foundation and pursue your dream.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Girl Racer

Ever wanted to go racing - even if it was just in the local carpark late at night? We spoke to Carly Black who enjoys racing once you read her story below you will be heading for the track too!

It’s 4.45am Saturday 25th July... RACE DAY! I hate getting up before the sun but race day is something different.

I have to drive my race car to the track today (thanks to the RTA’s Unregistered Vehicle Permit).
I hop into my Peugeot 206 GTI 180 and begin the journey to Oran Park.
It’s a huge race meeting this weekend at the Festival of Sporting Cars, 250 entrants! This weekend I’m racing against my Father in a Peugeot 306 GTI6 and my Husband Franck who’s driving a WRX STi 2 door (too fast for me!)

Nerves begin to build as I’m waiting for the practice session to start... ‘why do I do this’ I often think, ‘the nerves are almost unbearable!’
The horn sounds and 28 cars move out for practice. Car goes well, feels great. I qualify to begin in 22nd position (not as good as I would have hoped but not too bad)
First race I get a good start, take 4 cars off the line ... ‘Ah yes, this is why I race... I love it!’ 2 laps in engine problem! OH NO! I pull to the side and watch the rest of the race from the tyre wall.
Thank god my husband is a European Car Specialist, he has my car going smoothly and ready for the next race in under 30 minutes!

Race 2 I start from the rear of the grid having not finished race 1.
Lights go off and we take off from the starting line... yes! Good start again. The car drives really well, no hiccups, this feels great. Pass another 2 cars yes... keep going. Final lap come around to the chequered flag, 19th! I’m happy with that.

Uh oh, here comes the rain... it’s pouring down! A wet race ahead.
Nerves kick in again, but I feel ok. I don’t have much experience in the wet so I’m just going to go out and have some fun, take it easy I don’t expect to do very well.

Race starts, hey I passed 2 people... my dad is right on my tail, he drives really well in the wet. He gets me on the next corner, I’m going to try and keep up with him. Other cars start spinning off the track in every direction, big powerful Commodores and Falcons are going slower... what’s going on?
Passed another car, this is quite good. Dad’s still in front but he’s not leaving me behind
170kph down the straight into turn one... where’s the corner... I can’t see... car on the inside, got to avoid it!
Yes... Passed another car! Wow the track’s slippery, so much more water than the last race.
Final lap, can I get past this car? No, he’s just a little too fast for me, chequered flag comes down, 9th overall! Wow, I can’t believe it, never thought I’d make up that many places... what a great weekend!

Some people ask me why I race, why would you want to be involved in such a ‘male’ sport that’s so dangerous?

I guess I don’t see it like that. I’ve always loved cars, and for as long as I can remember my dad has been in and under cars, behind the wheel and absolutely loving the experience.
I’ve always loved the sensation of speed and realised that it’s much safer, and much more fun to do it in a fully prepared race car in a safe environment. Gaining the skill on the track also contributes to your driveability on public roads, you become so much more alert and are able to start reading what other drivers are about to do around you.

I love racing and the people that come with it are so supportive. There are a great bunch of guys that I race with varying in ages from early 30’s right into the 60’s and they all treat you as a equal. There’s no special treatment, they treat you just like they would anyone else out on the track... and if you beat them, you get a big smile and a congratulations.
It’s also a great hobby I’m able to share with my husband and my father, it’s brought us all so much closer together.

So if you’re a woman that loves speed come and join us. It’s much easier to get involved in than most people think and the fun is second to none.
For more information please feel free to visit us as

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The new Holden Cruze

Our Sydney trainers were at Liverpoll Holden on Sunday checking out the new Holden Cruze and showing ladies around under the bonnet. Avery cute 4 cylinder East West engine and quite roomy inside. It was very popular with the girls. have you taken on efor a test drive? What do you think?

The Liverpool Champion came down for a look too. Check out the article at:
Photograph courtesy of Liverpool Chapion, photo by Jonathon Ng

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

When being a woman can drive your career

Ever wondered what it was like to be a woman and work in the automotive industry?

If so you will enjoy our interview with Vicki Vlachakis, Design manager for General Motors Advanced Concept Design from CA in the US is an inspiring read.

Vicki have you found it hard being a woman and working in the male dominated auto industry?
As a female designer working in the auto industry for the past 12 years, I am often posed the question: “How does it feel to be one of the few women in your industry?” As much as I get asked this question, it always seems so out of place in my daily life which does, in fact involve working at a design studio where I am the only women. The issue for me is that as a designer, I am constantly concerned with questions like: “How do I come up with new and innovative ideas in an impossibly short time frame?” or “Is this design relevant in today’s ecologically conscience environment?”, or “Does this design actually work over our engineering criteria?” Despite my obvious surroundings, there never seems to be any reason for me to actually ponder that question. It’s as if the “Designer” part of me always comes before the “Female” part. I have come to realise that designers share strong common desires such as our interest in improving our surrounds and the functionality of objects we interact with, in this case cars. We also search for new expressions of visual language and push the envelope of form and function in an attempt to find better ways to solve design challenges. These examples have been the most relevant part of my career as a designer, while the fact that I am one of the few females has fading into the background. All that being said, there have been some stand out experiences that could have only occurred given my unique situation. I can remember a design review I made during my time at Mercedes-Benz in Germany. I was fresh out of college and hardly spoke a word of German when I had to stand in front of about 40 German men in suits and explain my proposal in their language. It was a truly humbling experience which was not helped by the fact that my French colleagues tried to help me compose my thoughts on flash cards before the review. English translated into French translated into German probably didn’t come out as well as I hoped. On the other hand, I have been a part of some amazing and unusual situations while part of the production team on the Pontaic Solstice and Saturn Sky Interior design programs in Michigan. I was in a team that consisted of a female lead engineer and female lead sculptor while I led the design team. What was more astonishing was that my Design Director and Executive Director were also women. I learned so a great deal from these accomplished and talented women. So much for stereotypes! Statistically, however, women still are a rare occurrence in the automotive industry in general, especially on the design side. Strangely enough, after my experience in this industry, I think that automotive design is well suited for females. Apparently, 80% of all car purchasing decisions are influenced by women, so it would be a great asset for any company to have that insight during the design process. I also feel that women have a great intuitive sense of detail and quality. Of course there is a natural instinct, especially among mothers for safety and comfort. So I would encourage any woman who is inclined towards design, problem solving, and visual expression to consider automotive design as a possibility. It’s never a dull experience!

Driven Indulgence

Our Galmatic HQ is run by a team of woman and all our children are girls too – so sometimes it can be a little tricky working in the male dominated automotive industry, with such a feminine perspective.
So this month we thought it would be fun to talk to some woman who have pioneered their way through this industry and see learnt that they have found that in most instances they have found being a woman an advantage!

This interview is with Sandy Bogusis of Driven Indulgence who has offered as a wonderful winter package for all Galmatic readers.

What is Driven Indulgence all about Sandy?
My business is a reality of a long held dream to share both the North East of Victoria and Yarra Valleys, particularly all the great wine regions and includes escorting people safely to dinners and events such as concerts and festivals. Not all of us want to go on a bus trip, although they can be a lot of fun, so having your own driver gives you a lot of autonomy.

I encourage my guests to participate in designing their day, however when it is left in my hands so as to surprise them, we have a brilliant time discovering all those hidden spots that otherwise may get missed on the regular tracks.

I am currently planning a corporate tour that will include among other things, wine tasting, massage and a fun romp through a hedge maze. I have packages on my website from a three day exclusive all inclusive indulgent time away including scenic flights, massages, wine tasting, dinners at award winning restaurants and a chauffeur for the entire three days and evenings. Also available, those who prefer can hire me for and afternoon, day or evening as their exclusive driver, guide, concierge and host.

Have you found it difficult being a woman in a male dominated arena?
I grew up on the road, we travelled a lot when I was growing up I love driving, it is a passion of mine and I find it both relaxing and enjoyable. There is too much to see to stay home!

I find all my guests are openly complimentary of my 'girl driving'. We have a lot of giggles about being a woman driver, but I think I earn my guests respect. I have worked around a lot of males in male dominated jobs and find it fun, I have been lucky; I enjoy the 'male' side of life just as much as girlie stuff. You will even find me tucked up on the lounge on a Sunday afternoon watching the V8 supercars, yes a bit of a lad at heart really.

My sole focus when I am with my guests is to make sure their day is fun and they go home delighted, relaxed, or rather worn out wonderfully and want to return to our gorgeous regions again and again.
Galmatic Winter offer: A midweek full day tour in your vehicle in either the North East of Victoria or the Yarra Valley for four people including a two course gourmet lunch and a complimentary bottle of wine for just $490.00. This includes a private wine and cheese tasting tour for a whole day starting 10.30 am till 5.00pm pick up from local accommodation or home and return and a yummy lunch. Offer ends August 09. For more details call Sandy 0408 244 531 or see her website

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

When does an interest in cars start?

My 3 year old little girl has a fair insight into cars, for both her age and the fact that she is a little girl. She is very happy that her mum can work from home and quite confidently tells people that her mama runs car care workshops for girls. She enjoys the Galmatic cartoon which is of Georgie showing a blond boy how to change a tyre - which she claims is Mama and Dada and feels quite comfortable with spanners and car parts lying around the office and garage.

She was given her Dad's 1970's matchbox cars and happily watches him as he works on his 1930 Hot Rod in the garage.

So you could say that she has been introduced to cars from an early age, mixed with barbie and lots of craft - but it was the Polly pockets cars at the supermarket that got her the most excited.

4 glossy convertibles all with a little Polly and friends inside, (the size that needs adult intervention)! and one simple texta drawn map, on pink cardboard and she was amused for a whole afternoon.

Seat belts were a must and she stopped at the lights and gave way to other Polly pocket cars. She even drove on the correct side of the road, which led me to think - would we have a stronger and more prominent car culture amongst women if we were more active in introducing them to cars at an earlier age?
Would more girls enjoy cars if we bought them car toys - providing them with the same opportunity that we do boys to explore the adventures of cars and driving?

Did you have toy cars when you were young? Were they yours or your brothers?

Monday, June 1, 2009

The right position

One of our workshop trainers Jacey is a qualified chiropractor (yes we all have great posture at Galmatic HQ) and has put together an article for us about the perfect seating position for optimum back care. Perfect for long hours in the car (and at the office desk)!

We all know we need to look after our backs when we lift heaving things, but we don’t tend to think too much about our backs when we are driving to the shops or heading out to see our friends. Unfortunately when it comes to the health of our backs, it’s not just the big things that count, the small repetitive things that can sometimes take the greatest toll.
Why is the perfect position so important?
The perfect position is not only important to ensure you are able to operate the vehicle safely, it is also essential to look after your back for the long term.
Your back has been designed to absorb daily shocks and vibrations. Similar to a good set of party feet for your high heels, the spongy discs between each vertebra provide specific level shock absorbance. During the day they do lose their water content thus decreasing their ability to do their job. As the discs do not have a direct blood supply, they need constant movement to stay plump and happy. Sitting in a car all day does not provide adequate movement for your back. The second way your back provides support is via the inward lumbar curve of your lower back. This curve acts similar to a large spring. When we sit in the car, it is very easy to allow our inward curve to straighten, thus losing its ability to spring.
By following these simple points you will ensure that your back is looked after and it can continue supporting you!
· When you get into your car, remember to readjust your seat EVERY time, as your posture will change throughout the day
· Ensure you are seated in the centre of seat with your bottom pushed back in the seat.
· Move the seat forward so your wrists can rest on the top of the steering wheel and your hips are at 90 degrees.
· In newer cars, adjust the lumbar support to ensure you maintain your lumbar curve. If your car does not have an adjustable lumbar support, there are specific products that you can purchase or you can use a rolled up towel to offer support.
· If you are driving for an extended period of time, do get out and walk, move and stretch.
· Keep hydrated.
· Try and keep your stomach muscles switched on.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shut up and do some driving

It’s a hot look and always has been, from Cha Cha in Grease to this very slick Rhianna clip. Writhing female bodies wrapped phallic like in the tight clothes representative of their era. Whether a Chev or Charger, the chicky babes seem to be the fuel for the car’s ignition – a walking and talking starter motor.

Have we moved forward at all when it comes to our relationship with cars? If Rhianna was to fix a loose hose or tighten a nut under the hood, could she or would she do it in sprayed on leather? Do we women need to be wearing heels to bring some femininity to an otherwise male domain, or by over indulging in the stereotypical female adornments of sexuality are we actually releasing ourselves from the bondage of those dreadful calendars supposedly hung behind every mechanics workshop toilet door?

At Galmatic we toyed with what we would and would not use as our uniform. For all many of our photo shoots we have been encouraged to wear the red heels with our navy mechanics shirts and perhaps open the shirts a little more. We chose to go with our 1940’s/1950’s image of the independent post war empowered female. Car savvy and still sexy.
Do you think women have moved far enough away from the toilet door calendar or do we still have a long way to go?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Does your car fit in the garage?

Now when it comes to garages - ours must take the cake for the largest number of car parts with the pride of place going to the 1930 Ford. There is even a Holden/Ford battle going on in there! So if our garage is a mess we thought there might be a few more out there too. This led us to have a chat with Helen Maguire, Director or Clarity Matters, a fantastic business that specialises in organising and de-cluttering offices, homes and yes garages.

Helen's advice:
Clutter, clutter, clutter! Are you overwhelmed by too much stuff, inadequate storage places and no time to spend on putting things away? Sound familiar? You are not alone in this. Many people have challenges in the area of clutter.

Why do we keep things?
Quite often we keep things that we think we might use in the future, yet in a lot of cases have not used in ages. The reasons for this? We don’t like it; it’s out of date; it relates to a past interest; it’s not appropriate for our present stage of life or it’s broken and we’ve never got around to fixing it.

Sometimes we convince ourselves that we might need it one day – but that ‘one day’ still hasn’t arrived. Maybe we could source a new item cheaply on eBay, in garage sales, or in recycling stores.

The main pitfalls:
Having too much stuff
Not storing things in easily accessible, labelled containers
Not putting things away straight away after use
Not making decisions about specific problem items

Three ways to keep the garage organised:
1. Decide what you really need and get rid of the rest
To help yourself with the clean up process – ask yourself:
Am I really going to use this in the future?
Do I really want all this clutter?
Wouldn’t a spacious, organised garage be a refreshing change?

2. Store what you do want to keep systematically.
Use labelled containers where possible.
Have the items you use frequently in a place and at a level that makes it easier to access – according to your height for example.
Compartmentalise – in strong plastic storage containers, boxes, or on shelves that are easily accessible.
Allow yourself a certain quantity of one particular thing, to avoid having an excess of the same item.
Label the boxes – eg. Hardware items, electrical gear, kids toys, picnic gear, sporting goods – to make it easier to find, use or put away.
Train your children to use your system. Make sure they can get to (reach and position) the boxes they need access to.

3. Make yourself finish the job.
Put the items away in their designated place straight away, because every time one item is left lying around, say on the floor, it soon builds up to a mess with another and another and another. Say it, mean it, do it – finish the job!

How to keep your car tidy and clutter free:
Have a plastic bag for rubbish in the car. Keep a store of them in your garage to easily replace used ones.
Finish the job – immediately on arriving home empty the car of everything you took with you, or have bought whilst out and about and put it where it needs to go,
Have a box in the boot (strapped in) for items that need to remain in the car, for example, first aid kit, supply of kid’s toys, picnic rug.
Use the glove box for items to be kept in the front of the car. Remember to keep tidying it out, especially after big trips.

Happy motoring and safe travels! And remember, your trip has only finished when you have put everything away! You’ll be pleased you did!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Work from home?

After 20 years of working shift work, travelling, standing on my legs and spending hours and hours on the road, I was over the moon when I started Galmatic – at long last I could have a home office. No more wasted hours in traffic, corporate dress, travelling that I didn’t organise myself and the enjoyment of being able to organise my working surroundings.
It never occurred to me that I would be ‘sized’ by people. To me it is common sense to minimize rental costs – it means you’re not passing these costs onto your customers; it’s better for the environment and means that I can also participate in my children’s school life.

Some people use virtual offices and assistants. Our trainers do all of their office work from home, we conduct our training at various locations and use specialty contractors for all of our marketing and design work.

So do you size a business by its office? Does working from home or having a home office put you off dealing with a business or do you enjoy working with businesses that provide flexible working environments for their staff?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Find the dipstick Girls

Be honest have you ever looked under the bonnet?

Don't get stuck in the rain this winter with a flat battery, tyre and foggy windscreen.
Jump into the driver’s seat and never get caught out again! We will help you pop the bonnet and find the dipstick.

Join us at one of our Galmatic Know Your Car Workshops for Girls
Our 2 hour workshops will have you feeling road safe and car savvy
- all in an interactive and fun environment.

Learn some car care tips and tricks and how to save $ on repairs.
Jump onto our website and find out more and book into our
May Workshops.
Special Offer

Every booking made in April will receive a complimentary
Galmatic Car Care Handbook for Girls!

Too shy to come on your own? Type the code ‘GAL’ into the comments box at the checkout and receive a complimentary pass for a friend! Be quick as we only have 2 passes per workshop.

Let all your friends know and get more girls taking the driver’s seat.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Greased Lightening

Since the 1950’s guys have connected with cars and car clubs, gangs, street racing and
burn-outs, all adding to a young man’s introduction to cars and the freedom they can
provide. Rat Rods, cruisers, panel vans and the Holden Commodore – the list is endless.
But go to a wedding, 21st or any party and it is the girls that know all the words to Greased
Lightening! And that’s one cool car.

Do you know all the words?
Well this car is automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic
Why it’s greased lightnin’!
We’ll get some overhead lifters, and four barrel quads, oh yeah
Keep talkin’, whoah keep talkin’
Fuel injection cut off, and chrome plated rods, oh yeah
I’ll get the money, I’ll see you get the money
With a four-speed on the floor, they’ll be waitin’ at the door
You know that ain’t shit when we’ll be gettin’ lots of tit in greased lightnin’
Go, greased lightnin’, you’re burnin’ up the quarter mile
Greased lightnin’, go greased lightnin’
Go, greased lightnin’, you’re coastin’ through the heat lap trials
Greased lightnin’, go greased lightnin’
You are supreme, the chicks’ ‘ll cream for greased lightnin’
We’ll get some purple French tail lights and thirty-inch fins, oh yeah
A palomino dashboard and duel muffler twins, oh yeah
With new pistons, plugs, and shocks, I can get off my rocks
You know that I ain’t braggin’, she’s a real pussy wagon - greased lightnin’

Sexy and Cool

What a gorgeous juxtaposition, the divine Ms Jolie dressed to kill in 1950’s inspired pencil skirt and sweater, luxuriously embodying the demure and elegant sex kitten in camel.
In the film Mr and Mrs Smith, Jane Smith has an awesome car scene where she chases down Mr Smith – Pitt. Unlike most male car scenes it is sharp and short; he is the object that she is chasing.

The car is silver and a station wagon and yet an awesome powerful tool for her revenge. So sexy to see a woman in control of a scene without the usual red bikini, boobies out, driving a black convertible. Check out the car scene

Monday, April 6, 2009

Crown Sunglasses Competition

This competition is too fabulous to miss. Everyone that follows us on twitter, subscribes to our blog or newsletter, or adds a post on our forum goes into the running to win a pair of Crown Pinstripe Sunglasses in Cherry Gloss Red.

Every sale from the Galmatic website gets two draw entries! Tell your friends.
These premium glasses are valued at $199.00. Competition open until Midnight 30th April 2009.
Chat with us on
twitter, our blog, join our forum watch our movie at vimeo or youtube subscribe to our newsletter and remember to tell all your friends!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Do you do lunch with your Agent?

Writing and the trials of being an author have been captured on the big and small screen countless times. Ripped sheets of blank paper out of type writers, waste paper baskets overflowing with lamented words, unpaid bills, countless cigarettes and solitary work burning the midnight oil. So much Film Noir is based on the tortured narrator author.

The other extreme is the modern portrayal of the author – agent relationship. Long lunches, glasses of wine and closer than close relationships. It began with us wondering whether Carrie really could afford an apartment in New York and that wardrobe writing one article a week (and one novel through the entire series); in every authors dream, can I have her agent please!

Maron First from the short lived ‘Men in Trees’ had her agent follow her all the way to Alaska and both met gorgeous men. One novel published.

Hank Moody would have to take the cake for having the ultimate author agent relationship; he and Charlie shared countless meals, hangovers and lots of women. The only thing they didn’t do was publish a novel.

So, with my book self published in Australia and with a new agent in the States for US publication – here’s to long lunches!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Can't get you out of my Head

Kylie comes screaming into the voyeurs lap in a canary yellow kit car, draped in black; lipstick a pale tan colour to match the tan gloves that wrap around the gear stick. Hand and mouth powerful yet non obtrusive. The dark horse driving into whose head? Which head?

Watch the video again. The scarlet lips (men’s least favourite lipstick colour) and cleavage don’t appear until after the car scene. Whilst driving, the power she yields does not need any of the conventional symbols of sexiness. Yet again the car is the sexual object working as a character of the woman’s empowerment.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The car as the sex object

There are so many years example of women on cars, in cars and selling cars. But not all girls are objects used to sell cars and other things to men. There are so many sexy women who use cars as characters of their art, story, personality and lifestyle.

Not too many things sexier or more empowering than a woman in control of her car.

Cars have played a prominent role in the western male subcultures, working often as extensions of boys personalities, reflecting their standing in gangs and often sexual dominance.

A woman’s sexual prowess has by comparison had little artistic representation with cars in literature and film, one exception to this is the music video.
Adalita, from Magic Dirt – who is looking at the car?

To wrap or not wrap

As you can imagine, people assume that my car will always be squeaky clean; after all I run car care workshops for girls. It has become one more OCD. Can I go out today to that event? Is the car clean enough? Friend’s houses are OK. With two kids, my car is always cleaner than my friends who have kids, but at school drop off, meetings and of course workshops I break out into a fever.

The weekly clean doesn’t seem often enough. Should I give her a chamois – just in case? What if someone asks me what I do and then sees a little dirt on the bonnet? I remember the days when a little mud down low was a token of cool.

I am now in the quandary of getting a car wrap for the car. Will this only heighten my need to keep it clean? After all, the silver car is the Galmatic daily cruiser; shopping, little kids, chores and errands.

The car wrap is going to have a huge Georgie and Galmatic logo. I’m not sure how much of it is my brand awareness campaign in full swing, and how much is the Euro trash side coming out. It is a Holden Commodore, lowered and with a spoiler.

Hey the 32 Model T in the Garage makes up for it, as does my little 1985 FC Holden.
To clean or not to clean – back to wrap design for me. Branding or Euro roots; wrap I will!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunglasses to drive with

I have 2 cars, both Holden’s and about 50 years apart in age. My work car is a Holden Commodore, silver, tinted windows and related to so many of the other commodores on the road. You wouldn’t notice it and in turn no one notices me driving either.

My driving car, the one I cruise around in on my own, is a 1958 FC Holden. Black, fat and very cool.
In it I definitely get noticed and so do my sunglasses.

Red pinstripe crown Sunglasses of course; to match my celebrity red Dior lipstick.
How do I then take a photo of myself with red sunnies on? Easy, take a photo of my neighbor Bronte wearing them!

Look around and see how many drivers don’t wear sunnies whilst driving. Crazy! They help block glare and minimize UV damage to your eyes. Don’t forget the front windscreen is not tinted and glass can magnify UV glare by up to 70%!

Do you wear sunglasses to drive?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

People do need the disabled spot

I must be honest and admit that I have always wondered if the disabled parking spots were ever really used by people who could genuinely benefit from them.
There always seems to be so many of them and in prime real estate car park areas.
Obviously you say!

Right in front of the entrance, close to amenities and what is also great pram pushing spots.
I don’t park in them because I would feel terrible if someone who needed it missed out. But I still walk past thinking “As if they need so many”.

Today as I was picking up from school, I noticed that the car park at school was unusually full earlier. Even the disabled spots had cars in them. “Lazy parents who don’t want to wait”, I thought. And didn’t give it another thought as I walked through the gate.

On the way back to my car I saw a mother stopping the flow of traffic with her arms as a father pushed a young child in her wheelchair through the traffic to a car spot at the back of the car park. I felt so sad that for the sake of someone saving time, this poor parent had to endure the car park walk with a wheel chair in 27 degree heat.

Next time you go to jump into a disabled car spot, remember there are people who need it.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Save Money - Wash your car

Living in an apartment meant that washing my car had long been a thing of the past. My gorgeous brother, a car detailer had taken over the job and was giving my car a weekly bath. As you can imagine with a car detailer in the family I had become a little spoilt, so when he went away for 2 weeks, it was time again to venture into the land of the car wash café.

I know it’s only $35.00, but please is a little service too much to ask? The board was so far away that I had no idea what I was getting for my money. I had chosen the 2nd cheapest package, mainly because I couldn’t cope with the smell of the detailer armpits leaning into my window and had to make a quick decision.

The whole event took 1 hour and 20 mins and after the most disgusting hot chocolate I have ever had my beeper vibrated to alert me to the half arsed job that had been done on my car. And why do they never put the sun shades back onto the window? Is it really too much effort? I realised that next time I would just wait for my brother and forget the café.

With the recent rains and the easing of water restrictions, it makes economic sense to start washing your car again! At $35.00 per wash, a weekly visit to the carwash café will cost you $1820.00 a year.

They rarely do a great job and the coffee is usually awful. A weekly wash will keep you fit, enjoying the outdoors and the excess water can be splashed onto the grass.

Grab a Galmatic Day Spa Pack. It is filled with premium Meguiars products and all comes in an oh too cute black Galmatic Tote bag.
The ultimate Car Care Pack to make sure that your car looks show finish all year round.

Pack includes:

1 x Meguairs Soft Wash Gel

1 x Meguairs Lamb’s wool Wash Mitt

1 x Meguairs Hot Shine Tyre Foam

1 x Meguairs Quik Interior Detailer

1 x Meguairs Deep Crystal Wet Look (polish)

1 x Meguairs Microwipe Super ­ Glide Chamois

1 x Galmatic calico bag

Grab a copy of the Galmatic Car Care Handbook for Girls for the best chapter on detailing your Car – We call it ‘Day Spa for your Car’

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pinstripes - Cool Retro Crown Sunglasses


These sunglasses mix red hot style style with cool street cred.

Available in Hot Cherry Gloss Red

§ 100% UV protection
§ Glass lenses
§ Custom handmade frames
§ Built tough with dual hinges

Look cool cruising in these shades.

Available for Galmatic

Rat Rods - Cool Retro Crown Sunglasses

Rat Rods

These sunglasses mix hot style with cool street cred.
Available in Slick Gloss Black

§ 100% UV protection
§ Glass lenses
§ Custom handmade frames
§ Built tough with dual hinges
Cruise with attitude in these shades.
Grab a pair from Galmatic

Moonshine Deluxe - Cool Retro Crown Sunglasses

Unleash the 1950’s kitten in you with our cool sunglasses.
Custom designed in the US, Crown Sunglasses combine retro styling with 100% UV protection.

These frames are handmade and feature double hinges.
With names like Fetish Deluxe and Chica Boom, you will need more than one pair!

Moonshine Deluxe

These sunglasses are seriously cool. Stand out from the crowd with a little retro style. 1960’s glamour mixed with a modern twist.

Available in Cool Cobalt Blue

§ 100% UV protection
§ Glass lenses
§ Custom handmade frames
§ Built tough with dual hinges
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Fetish Deluxe - Cool Retro Crown Sunglasses

Unleash the 1950’s kitten in you with our cool sunglasses.
Custom designed in the US, Crown Sunglasses combine retro styling with 100% UV protection.

These frames are handmade and feature double hinges.
With names like Fetish Deluxe and Chica Boom, you will need more than one pair!

Fetish Deluxe

The name says it all. These glasses are delicious; perfect for those early mornings. Slips these on with a dash of red lipstick and all of last night’s sins will be disguised!

Available in Luscious Glossy Black

§ 100% UV protection
§ Glass lenses
§ Custom handmade frames
§ Built tough with dual hinges
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Chica Boom - Cool Retro Crown Sunglasses

Retro Sunglasses

Unleash the 1950’s kitten in you with our cool sunglasses.
Custom designed in the US, Crown Sunglasses combine retro styling with 100% UV protection.

These frames are handmade and feature double hinges.
With names like Fetish Deluxe and Chica Boom, you will need more than one pair!

Chica Boom

These sunglasses are red carpet showstoppers. Look like a movie star in shiny black or a screen siren in a Tortoise Shell pair that have a hint of violet on the inside! Very 1950’s.

Available in Shiny Black and Sexy Tortoise Shell

§ 100% UV protection
§ Glass lenses
§ Custom handmade frames
§ Designed to last with dual hinges
Grab a pair and look Hot Cruising

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Negotiating the School Car Park

Week two of being a ‘school mum’ and the school drop off and pick up ordeal has opened my eyes to some of the amazingly stupid things people do in car parks; especially when there are little people around.
What is it that makes people who otherwise would do anything to keep their kids safe, go crazy when they jump behind the wheel of a car in a school car park?
There are too many cars, not enough spaces and then the ‘kiss and drop’ section to negotiate.

The tips I have worked out so far are:
§ Get to school 10 mins earlier (if you can) than most of the parents. You will find a car spot and it’s a good chance to breathe and have some thinking time
§ Do not park in no standing/stopping areas, it makes it stressful for all the other drivers around you
§ Only cross at the designated areas, even if it means walking a little further
§ Hold your child’s hand and explain to them why crossing the road and walking through car parks is dangerous and why it is important to follow the rules
§ If children go to do something dangerous don’t scream at them (even though it is very tempting). Rather come down to their eye level and explain why road safety is so important. It is crucial to build children’s awareness about cars from an early age and not to have them associate anger with cars and driving
§ Look around you before you reverse or move the car in any direction. Check all blind spots and reverse slowly

Would love to hear any tips that you have.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Theft in Car Park

There I was at the Wiggles concert, clapping and singing, and outside in the RSL car park someone was stealing the fog lights from my car!
They pried off the bumper bar and took out the lights, including wiring, right there in the middle of the outdoor car park. Bumper bar back on they took off, fog lights in hand.
So there the car is looking quite nude and vulnerable and I think how much would new lights cost? Why would you bother stealing them?
$150.00 per light! That’s why.
I’d like to tell them to go fog themselves.
Oh and don’t be fooled, Wiggles concert doesn’t mean a child friendly car park!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Eyes Wide Shut

A clear view from your front and rear screens and all other windows in your car is essential; especially during times of poor visibility such as dawn, dusk, rain and fog.

When does the windscreen need to be replaced?
Ideally windscreens should be scratch and chip free, however there are certain rules pertaining to the condition of your windscreen.
In NSW your vehicle is only allowed a maximum of two of the following defects within the driver’s side of the front windscreen extending to the centre of the windscreen.

A hairline crack up to 30mm long
A crack that starts from the edge of the windscreen in wards up to 75mm long
A ‘bull’s-eye’ crack up to 16 mm in diameter (that’s the one that looks like a gunshot)

My 1958 Holden still has the original windscreen and paint (poor love is begging for a little face lift), so with care windscreens are good for years.

Outside windows – keep the wiper blades soft, like all rubber things they deteriorate quickly in the elements so change them often (yearly if you remember). You can wait for your next service, however Repco have a great deal at the moment where they will fit the wipers for free if you buy a new pair from them.
Old wipers will scratch the windscreen as will turning them on when the windscreen is filthy. Make sure you turn the wiper fluid on first. With an old car like mine, you have to poor the water on by hand!
Inside and Out - You have probably heard that newspaper is the best for cleaning glass as it is lint free, however awful on the hands. We use cloth nappies at our garage – brings the windows up a treat and no news print!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Days of the Thunder - Col Trickle - real or imaginary?

I couldn't help myself as 'Days of Thunder' started the other the night. It was the late movie and I heard the sounds of Daytona as I was lingering in the other room.

I was getting ready for the next days workshop and before I knew it, there I was watching Col Trickle cruising onto the race track in those tight jeans; ready to rule the track.

Apart from the reminiscence back to my youth (yes old enough to have seen it at the movies) it made me think - how far do the Col Trickles of the world make it? Is passion, charisma and sheer determination enough?

If you haven't seen the movie, it's where Kidman met her Mr Cruise.
Trickle is one hell of a driver ready to take on Nascar racing (which he has no experience in) and as the rookie spends the 1st half of the movie driving with conviction, passion and a lust to win, (but never manages to finish a race.

At this point you find out that he has no car knowledge; no idea how a car works at all - just adrenalin and the thrill of speed in his veins.

No need to add that of course there are many life lessons along the way and many victories (it is a Tom Cruise movie from the 1980's); but in life, is just the drive enough?

Why do we love these movies?

At our workshops - the ones we have the most fun with are when we have a bunch of girls who love driving; windows open, music pumping - looking like Pink in the Get the Party started video. Their knowledge is usually close to zero but their enthusiasm is 100%.

Do you have a project you need to get off the ground? Hire out Days of Thunder - you might just get the cruise you need.