A.H: Are you a full-time restorer or is this a personal project you enjoy in your spare time?
M.R: No, unfortunately I have to work to pay bills. The car is a personal project, but I do spend many hours on reconstruction. I have some workshop space and tools, but not a professional outfit; however, I think that most people can do most things if they are patient enough.
Everything that I can do myself, I do. The only things I farm out are jobs that require specialist machinery: block re-boring, re-facing etc.
A.H: Tell us a bit about yourself.
M.R: Well, this could be the boring bit. We live in a place called Carey Gully in the Adelaide hills; surrounded by vineyards, kangaroos, koalas and the odd deer. The climate here is generally wonderful: great Healey weather. When I read about rallies in the UK or North America, Canada I realise how lucky we are. Of course, it can get hot: 45 C if we are unlucky, but not often. We are about 20 minutes from Adelaide and my work. I am head of Drama at Loreto College and I also teach English.
I play guitar and piano and I’ve worked quite a lot as an actor over the years: film and theatre, including musical theatre. I have played Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, and Javert in Les Miserables to name two; and the occasional TV commercial. As I said earlier, I was born in Hereford and migrated here with my parents when I was twelve.
I still have relatives in wales and England. We are travelling there for a couple of weeks in July this year. I have three sons and five grandchildren; and I’m too young!