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CHROME TEMPLE holds a distinctive position as experts in vehicle investment, managing the groundbreaking Mach 1 Fund - the first of its kind in Australia, with a unique thesis globally.

Additionally, CHROME TEMPLE has established itself as a market leader in the retail of investment-grade, performance, luxury and collectible vehicles.
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Success From Inception To Now

2007

Lex Pedersen starts global 1st surf wear e-tailer, SurfStitch

2008

Lex Pedersen begins building personal car collection

2014 - 2015

SurfStitch gains $100MM ASX IPO, growing valuation to $500m. Lex's personal car collection nets 42% return over 5 years

2015 - 2017

Observing uncorrelated returns, Lex masterminds the Mach 1 Fund thesis and ideates the CHROME TEMPLE ecosystem

2017 - 2019

CHROME TEMPLE launches its storage business and begins the planning stage of the Mach 1 Fund

2021

CHROME TEMPLE brings the Mach 1 Fund to market

2022

CHROME TEMPLE successfully launches our most recent ecosystem addition - the retail division

TODAY

The Mach 1 Fund investment totals $12MM assets under management, netting 11% annual CAGR returns since inception4,5. CHROME TEMPLE celebrates $30M of transactions completed across all investment channels.

A Team That Drives Excellence

Expertise

CHROME TEMPLE's team combines strategic insight with a passion for automotive excellence, ensuring a comprehensive and adept approach to vehicle investment and retailing.

Expertise

Network

Exclusive access to the finest vehicles in Australia for off-market acquisition and discreet sale. Ensuring a dynamic and privileged environment for those that join the community.

Service

From guiding investors through strategic decisions to curating a premium retail experience, our expert team ensures that every interaction reflects our commitment to excellence.

Why Invest With CHROME TEMPLE

1st

Australian car
fund, launched
May 2021

+$12m

Assets
under
management4

+11%

Net CAGR
since May 20215

+37%

Net returns
since May 20215

<6%

Vehicles inspected
are accepted
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Meet Our Expert Team

Fund Management

Lex Pedersen

CHROME TEMPLE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & Mach 1 Fund Portfolio Manager
Lex, Portfolio Manager at CHROME TEMPLE Investments, leverages extensive entrepreneurial and ecommerce expertise from co-founding SurfStitch. Specialising in corporate and digital strategy, Lex seamlessly integrated his passion for automotive excellence into CHROME TEMPLE's launch. An avid car enthusiast, his personal vehicle investments showcased continuous double-digit appreciation. Recognising untapped potential in car funds, Lex shifted focus to pioneer Australia's first-ever car fund that continues to show impressive returns. His diverse background, board experience, and strategic insights contribute to CHROME TEMPLE's vision.

Clover Chambers

CHROME TEMPLE Investments CHIEF Analytics OFFICER
With a +15-year career dedicated to data analysis, Clover brings data science to the Fund’s execution. Having served as a Vice President in Mergers & Acquisitions for J.P. Morgan in New York, and leveraging her experience in business intelligence and data mining for the private sector, Clover is the Chief Analytics Officer for the Fund. As CTi builds out our proprietary database, her expertise will helps build and identify algorithms that further support our investment thesis and spot opportunities.

Fund Board Of Directors

Charlie Lanchester

CHROME TEMPLE Investments Chairman Of The Board Of Directors
With 25 years of investment experience, Charlie is considered one of Australia’s best connected and most respected Investment Bankers. Charlie's illustrious career includes most recently serving as the Managing Director and Head of Fundamental Active Equities for Blackrock in Australia. He previously held the Deputy Head of Equities at Perpetual for over 14 years. He brings to the team, not only a wealth of Asset and Portfolio Management experience, but a vital professional standard that dictates every facet on how we run and manage the fund.

Ryan Curnick

CHROME TEMPLE Investments Chair Of The Investment Committee
Ryan started his professional career as a Mechanical Engineer before becoming a Patent Attorney. He spent over 20 years with the leading patent attorney firm: Spruson & Ferguson, and was one of the Principals of the group that transformed it from a privately held unit trust to the ASX listed company IPH Ltd (market cap AU$1B+). Throughout this time he also drove, rallied, raced, restored, modified and collected classic cars, especially air cooled Porsche 911. He brings to the Investment Committee both passion and experience in: classic car trading; provenance research; and a knack for picking emerging vehicle trends.

Simon Franklin

CHROME TEMPLE Investments Director
Simon has over 25+ years' experience in international investment, advisory and professional services. His career and executive leadership has spanned all stages from start-up to listed companies. He is a seasoned strategist, company director, corporate advisor and growth influencer. Simon brings a wealth of practical experience across all aspects of corporate governance including risk, compliance and strategy. He has advised, structured, setup and managed investments funds across a number of domestic and international jurisdictions.

Nicholas Adamo

CHROME TEMPLE Investments Director
Nicholas, a corporate pioneer in advisory, strategy, and technology, utilizes analytics, machine learning, and AI to innovate products and solutions. His expertise spans enterprises, government, and global corporations, fostering practical innovation and supporting start-ups. Proficient in operational and strategic risk, data governance, and security, Nicholas accelerates growth and profitability using technology platforms. With five years at Ernst & Young, he led strategic growth and acquisitions, later becoming APAC lead for Enterprise Intelligence. As a former partner at Deloitte, Nicholas led the Forensic Technology Group, following the acquisition of his company, Forensic Data, in 2007.

Luke O'Neill

CHROME TEMPLE Investments Special Advisor
Luke’s invitation-only Burrows Drive Days now attract over 70 private owners of prestige sports cars at each event and is the longest running private track day in Australia. His automotive event management company has been engaged by brands from Ford to Ferrari and has designed and delivered driving events of all nature. There are not too many cars Luke hasn’t driven either on road or track, but he rates a highlight of his journey as being personally selected by Ron Dennis to be the Australian Brand Ambassador for McLaren Automotive.

Retail Management

Sam Fuller

CHROME TEMPLE RETAIL GENERAL MANAGER
Prior to founding CHROME TEMPLE with Lex in 2019, Sam has worked in retail with some of the best known names in the car industry and was a former Brand Manager for AMG. A lifelong incurable petrolhead, there is nothing Sam loves more than sharing his passion with cars and all things automotive retail. Involved in prestige cars since 2003, Sam has a reputation for having encyclopaedic knowledge across all years, makes and models of cars. His automotive knowledge and attention to detail are as invaluable to the group as his extensive network of contacts. In addition to managing CHROME TEMPLE's retail services, Sam serves as a special acquisition advisor to CHROME TEMPLE Investments. Sam brings a lifetime commitment to all things automotive as well as a pedigreed automotive industry resume.

Marketing & Operations

Alex Rogers

CHROME TEMPLE CHIEF Marketing OFFICER
Alex is a self-confessed petrolhead with over 18 years of marketing experience. Guiding blue-chip and domestic automotive brands like Team Vortex, Toyota Gazoo Racing, Suzuki, Caltex, NRMA, and Cazoo through the digital landscape. In 2016-2018, Alex founded, built, and sold a digital marketing agency. Since then he has spearheaded a number of Australian industry-firsts within automotive start-ups. A strategic leader, problem-solver with a track record of success across diverse automotive and motorsport ventures.

Luca Scarf

CHROME TEMPLE Marketing ASSOCIATE & FLEET CUSTODIAN
Prior to working with us, Luca worked in Business Australia's Marketing Communications team for two years, where he gained a strong understanding of marketing, operations, commercial performance, and client relations. At just 11 years old, Luca started and scaled his own business detailing cars, growing it to a client base of 70 local customers by the time he started university. He completed a degree in Business Management and Marketing, under a professional scholarship. Luca has a resolute dedicationto the task at hand and a work ethic which propelled him to his current role at CHROME TEMPLE.

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