I needed to do a comprehensive scan on the Mazda CX-7 and i remembered that i once discussed with another automobile enthusiast and i was referred to IMAB at Lekki-Epe Express Road, Lagos.

I drove there and was surprised when i got to the Conoil Filling Station after Lagos Business School, i called the owner of the outfit and he told me to drive into the Thera Annex Estate on my right just beside the Filling Station at Sangotedo, Ajah. I wondered the nature of the mechanic workshop i would meet inside this estate. But i drove on. About 400 meters on the main road inside the estate, i took a right turn till i was directed to stop in front of a gate located beside a nice building identified as No 13. As i got there and honked, the gate was opened and i drove into a very large expanse of land filled with cars and motorbikes and everything related to both modes of transportation and more.

Mr Bamidele Fadimiluyi at an automotive event. 

Without wasting time, i was received by the managing director of the outfit, Mr Bamidele Fadimiluyi who warmly welcomed me again to IMAB (Industrial Motor Automotive & Bodies). They specialize on diagnosis of cars, motorbikes, pick-up and light commercial vehicles, heavy-duty trucks and trailers; and luxurious buses.

Apart from diagnosis, they repair all these types of cars and motorbikes, including both petrol and diesel engines.

Racing roll cage in a Suzuki SX4.

Also, they promote motor sports in Nigeria through the Eleko Motor Racing platform which i had posted here before. Read here in case you missed it; Eleko Motor Race Stamps Its Authority As It Berths In Lagos, Nigeria.

But the most interesting part is that they also fabricate some parts for automotive repairs and for other companies that need their services. Not just fabricate parts, but they also convert cars to racing specifications for those who want to improve the performance and safety features of their cars in preparation for special needs.

Fabricating machines.
I was given a guided tour of the facility and one could see the different models of cars ranging from Japanese, Korean, American, British to the German cars all over the compound, all in need of the expert hands of Bamidele and his crop of dedicated and experienced workers.

Including his two security dogs that are well trained and kept trying to make friends with me not knowing that i could see through their fake friendship and see that under a different situation, they would gladly enjoy using their teeth and claws on me, so i covered my legs with the blood.

A Suzuki SX4 that was formerly a Lagos Cab being prepped to racing specification.

Inside the office were the fabricating machines and laptops for doing the designs and other administrative works.

Soon, it was time to get down into the scanning and we decided to scan the Jaguar S Type V8 that also came for diagnosis first before mine.

The diagnostic equipment.
This was quickly done and he put a call across to the owner reporting a fault with the rear speed position sensor of the ABS system and a need for resetting of the maintenance required soon light;  also telling them to expect a formal email report generated by the diagnostic machine indicating all the parameters of the engine and the general well being of the car.
Scanning the Jaguar.

Soon it was my turn and the Mazda experienced its own CT scan by the automotive doctor, soon, we discovered the ailment and agreed on the solutions. For the part needed for the car, since it is not one of the regular brands on Nigerian roads, we agreed that we might have to import them from his partners in Germany.

Sorting out the Mazda.

In the course of our discussions, Bamidele, who is of a Nigerian father (who left Nigeria in 1977 to Italy in pursuit of advanced motorsports and engineering knowledge) and an Italian mother took me on a memory lane of how he developed the passion at an early stage before it metamorphosed from a hobby to a profession and soon saw him acquiring the necessary education and working experience having worked in his father’s workshop in Italy with other car engineering and racing enthusiasts and also heading the automotive repairs section of some construction companies in Nigeria before branching out to set up his own workshop.

Some Porsche cars he is working on to restore them to their glory once again.

Now, he combines his repair works with promoting his new baby, the Eleko Motor Race which is a regular beach motor race conducted at Eleko Beach in Lagos done in partnership with other enthusiats.

Why don’t you check them out?

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