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About us

THE STORY

Born from a vehicle maintenance and performance hobby, The Gear Shop came to life through the vision of Nathan Hayashi. Originally based out of his home garage, Nathan catered to a small group of people helping to source and install upgrades and accessories for their vehicles. What started out as a hobby quickly evolved and Nathan found he was spending most of his time ordering, delivering and installing auto parts. While Nathan’s network grew so to did requests for parts. He quickly realized there was a need not being met.

As the number of orders grew, Nathan’s humble garage began to overflow with pallets from the US. The search began for a warehouse where people could pick up their orders and stock could be stored. A small warehouse with plain white walls, a desk, computer and phone was leased and The Gear Shop was born. Nathan’s read on the market was correct and orders started to come in. 

The Gear Shop incorporated in 2011 with a goal of providing its clients with high quality automotive products which were difficult to source in Canada. A passion and a focus on the knowledge behind the spec is what has separated The Gear Shop from its competitors, and made it one of the ‘go to’ locations in the city of Calgary.

THE TEAM

The Gear Shop team is a group of individuals bound by a common passion; a love for driving slow, driving fast and a goal to make sure The Gear Shop’s clients get the most enjoyment out of their vehicles.

Positivity, transparency and communication are all core values that drive The Gear Shop’s team to produce a higher level of service and commitment to their customer base. 

Genevieve (Genny) Willson
Journeyman Structural Welder
30 years old / Gemini
Hometown: Second Peninsula, Nova Scotia

She's taken boys!
Genny is a Canmore resident who is an avid outdoors persona and motorhead at heart. If she's not behind the welder, cutter, sawzall or torch, she's spending her time behind a fishing rod , on a snowboard or on her custom Harley Davidson Sportster 1200. Her career in welding started at a ski hill welding up boxes and rails for the slopestyle park over five years ago and now she's a talented welder and fabricator making our clients dreams a reality. What motivates her to come into The Gear Shop is her passion to learn and "being a part of an awesome posse". We're fortunate to have her a part of our team as her extremely positive attitude and relentless will to complete the project at hand makes her a perfect fit for our clients and our shop.

Fave Car: 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo
Fav 4WD: Any Chevy truck (She drives one)
Fave Motorcycle: 1WD vibra... errr Harley Davidson Sportster 1200

Vicchi (Vic) Neguyen
Journeyman Automotive Technician
30 years old / Cancer
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Vic is The Gear Shop head technician spanning both basic automotive service and high performance boost up for our clients. His passion lies within fast cats and capable 4WDs so it's a natural fit for Bic to be a part of The Gear Shop team. When he's not turning wrenches, he can be found 4WD'ing to remote camping locations in his 3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner, or riding his mountain bike, or learning about the next way to make more power reliably in an inline six turbo or V8 muscle. What motivates him to come into The Gear Shop is his excitment ot work with an awesome team and to trouble shoot sutomotive puzzles our clients bring in.

Fave Car: Corvette C6 Z06/ZR1, Nissan Skyline R33 GTR
Fav 4WD: Ford Raptor
Fav Motorcycle: What?

Chirstian (Chris) Ortiz
Product and Service Advisor
24 years old / Sagittarius
Hometown: Bogota, Columbia

Christian is The Gear Shop product advisor and service advisor providing insight to the proper upgrade path and ensuring our clients vehicle service is up to date. From full long travel builds to a canyon carving beast, he's passionate about the vehicle set up and handling to match your automotive dreams. When he's not consulting with clients on their vehicle, Christian can be found driving techniques chasing that perfect heel toe shift in his Mazada 3, and finding the next hot spot to eat some incredible food. What motivates him to come int The Gear Shop is his love to push himself to strengthen his abilities as a person and advisor and the ability to be surrounded by excellent clients, a great team, and products he loves.

Fav Car: 1997 Toyota Supra TT
Fav 4WD: Toyaota Land Cruiser 74 Series
Fav Motorcycle: Honda CBR 600RR

Alex Kersey
Inventory and Transportation Logistics
30 years old / Scorpio
Hometown: Fort McMurray, Alberta

Alex manages The Gear Shop inventory, product ordering/tracking, shipping and receiving. Working towards tightening up lead times from manufactures and keeping our clients in the loop on the progress of their products. It's en evolving process and it's his mission to become the best in the industry for keeping clients in the loop. When's he's not on the phone or typing emails, he can be found working on his turbo charged E46 328i or his Lexus LX 470 which takes him to enjoy twisty roads or 4WD trails while listening to the cool sounds of Miles Davis. What motivates him to come into The Gear Shop is his love for all things automobiles and it's not a typical office job.

Fav Car: Pagani huaryra BC, Koenigsegg One:1
Fav 4WD: Toyaota Land Cruiser 80 Series
Fav Motorcycle: BMWE S1000RR

Nathan (Nate) Hayashi 
Founder
35 years old / Aquarius
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Nathan is the founder of The Gear Shop pointing the shop in the direction of reaching its goals. The foundation of tis beginnings come from his passion for motorsports in automobiles, 4WDs and motorcycles. His background stemming from ski racing grew to racing motorcycles and the feeling of fast and tight corners forever kept him addicted to anything with speed. His vision for the highest level of customer service, vehicle service, and the combination of lifestyle products with the automotive will continue to push The Gear Shop to new heights. What motivates him to come into The Gear Shop is the continious improvement of each aspect of the shop to propel the team and clients to the best in the industry.

Fav Car: Lancia Delta Integrale HF, nissan Skyline R32 GTR, Porsche 964 Turbo
Fav 4WD: 1981 Toyota SR5 Pick Up, Land Rover Defender 110
Fav Motorcycle: Ducati Desmosedici RR, Ronin Motorworks #45 KIMURA SADAYUKI, KTM 950 Enduro R

 

THE SHOP

The Gear Shop’s facility is located at 1431 40 Ave N.E. in Calgary, Alberta Canada. With over ????sqft of service space consisting of 8? state-of-the-art vehicle bays, The Gear Shop is fully prepared to handle an job from (blank small repair) to (blank large project). 

Located in (area) The Gear Shop hosts (2?) vehicle lifts ensuring efficient turn around on in-shop vehicles. If you're going around in a circle or you're going around the world, make sure to stop into our Shop first and we can ensure your vehicle is adventure or track ready.

As well as serving a large client base at their physical location, The Gear Shop caters to the global community via their extensive online store, accessible here.

OUR SERVICES

The Gear Shop offers a wide variety of services including: custom this and custom that. 

The Gear Shop offers the services of a high level journeyman, a Red Seal technician and a Red Seal journey-woman welder to service and upgrade vehicles. Total commitment to proper maintenance of all vehicles at the Gear Shop using only premium parts is top priority and extremely important to maintaining an optimum level of performance throughout the life of ownership. The entire team at The Gear Shop is passionate about vehicles on pavement, off-pavement, going slow or going fast. It’s the passion that drives The Gear Shop to create incredible vehicles.