Most of us aren’t
lucky clever enough to figure out how to combine the things we love most in life and a job to pay those pesky ol’ bills. But Alyce and George Gorgievski have been able do just that with their amazing buisness, Hire A Kombi. This dream-team, with the winning combination of passion, skill and good vibes, has lovingly hand-crafted a gorgeous little fleet of fully restored super-special VW’s that they (crazily) hand out to the general public, so that Regular Joe’s like us can get a little slice of Kombi magic in our adventures.
DSM caught up with Alyce this week to see how they manage to juggle a successful business, a young family, and working every day with your husband/wife! And all this while keeping 6+ vintage vehicles, that drive thousands of miles every week, on the road 24-7!
HAK: I don’t know if we can explain the mystery of the kombi love. I think this will always remain a mystery.
“Why do you smile automatically when a kombi drives past? Really not sure!”
Being the only vehicle we drive we know it happens everyday, and they are still uplifting us to. Kids in the street pull at their parents clothes and point, elderly people stop and smile. They are the only vehicle we know of that have that personality.
“I call them “a little bubble of joy”. If I have to drive a normal car I am so appreciative to get back in our kombis or beetles.”
“The next day he called and said actually he could restore this van for me. He said something in my voice just made him want to do it…”
“I went back to the Whitsundays, but after 4 months I jumped in Applejack and ended up at his doorstep. George was finding it hard handing over the keys to the vans he was restoring for people, so Hire A Kombi was created. Everyone gets to experience the joy the kombi brings and we get to keep them. Win win!”
“We never get away! People say “Oh yes, its hard when you have kids…”, but it’s definitely not the kids stopping us. They love the kombi’s and they always say “I want to go camping! Our daughter Mae even cried because she wanted us to sleep in the beetle, so it’s really just a case of us not having a kombi to camp in because they’re all out!”
“We aren’t sane! That’s why we do what we do!”
“George and I have worked together for about 6yrs and somedays he gets a heart, other days a finger drawn into his froth on his coffee!”
“I think it’s important to remain kind, treat everyone the same, laugh when you want to cry and have each others backs when shit gets hard.”
“I think it’s important to constantly stay in line with what makes you happy. We do this because of the joy it brings people and we meet wonderful creative people through the journey. It’s important that when you grow you keep your feet on the ground, head on your shoulders, humble and real.”
“I guess the emotion comes from following a dream. I’ve seen George do sleepless nights to further his family, working in the dirt, in pouring rain and getting drenched. I’ve seen this all unfold with the kids beside us the whole time. Hire A Kombi isn’t our job, it’s our life and we are forever grateful to everyone who has supported us.”
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