One Of The Best Jobs In The Auto Industry?

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

I’m honored to say that we have a few members of the B&B who are involved with Ford Australia, but sadly, Neil Trickey isn’t one of them.

Trickey’s official title is “Prototype Build Co-Ordinator”, and his duties include camouflaging new cars before they hit the road. While Trickey’s exact tactics are trade secrets, the short video above shows us how some tape, spray paint and special Lycra coverings are used to disguise design changes on prototypes. Trickey also mentions “transfers” being used – which are the technical term for the new type of camouflage with odd looking patterns that are meant to reduce how visible the styling changes really are. But since the Falcon only had minor changes to the front and read end, Trickey went old school.

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  • Eyeflyistheeye Eyeflyistheeye on Jul 26, 2014

    A guy with the last name Trickey working with disguise. Nice to see that last names still relate to an occupation, once in a while. If I had to choose my profession based on my surname, I'd either be a fisherman in Italy or a low-level mafia staffer.

    • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Jul 27, 2014

      Just like (absolutely true) a urologist somewhere in Ohio by the name of Richard Tapper!

  • VoGo VoGo on Jul 26, 2014

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the subject of this article is about to be out of a job. Ford will not be developing any new models in Australia, so this is not a job category with a future there.

    • Grinchsmate Grinchsmate on Jul 27, 2014

      I'm sure I have read that ford Australia will keep the engineering team. It is just local manufacturing that is getting the boot.

  • The Heisenberg Cartel The Heisenberg Cartel on Jul 26, 2014

    My favorite camo jobs are from JLR and the VW group. JLR incorporates things like hashtags and racetrack maps on their camo. VW just trolls everyone and disguises cars as other cars (Panamera with an E60 M5 body or a Porsche 928 body, Audi A8 with a fake Mitsubishi grille and logo, Jetta with random Chinese car company logo, or Bentley Flying Spur with a hilarious Mercedes S-class disguise)

  • Athos Nobile Athos Nobile on Jul 27, 2014

    The best thing about this industry is that there is something for everyone.