Rick Cap­pel­lari

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job?

I’m a mo­tor me­chanic. I run Mt Beauty Ser­vice Cen­tre on the high­way. We do ser­vices and me­chan­i­cal re­pairs – a bit of ev­ery­thing.

Is it some­thing you al­ways wanted

to do? Yes, ever since I was a lit­tle kid I al­ways wanted to be a me­chanic.

I grew up in Mark­wood be­tween Wan­garatta and Myrtle­ford. Mum and Dad had a to­bacco farm there.

I didn’t want to go into to­bacco so when I was 15 I got an ap­pren­tice­ship with Hef­fer­nan Rees in Wan­garatta.

I was there for 11 years af­ter the ap­pren­tice­ship fin­ished.

Then I met Leanne. She was a bar­ber from the Kiewa Val­ley. We lived for one year in one of the houses on the farm, and in ’93 we moved up here.

We bought the work­shop at the ser­vice sta­tion near the round­about.

We were there for an­other 11 years then in 2003 we were of­fered this place af­ter the go-karts fin­ished. It had a much big­ger area. The busi­ness ex­panded and we are very busy.

I have just cel­e­brated 25 years as a me­chanic in Mt Beauty.

We had a bar­bie at the work­shop and I in­vited all of my cus­tomers and a lot of them came. It was a re­ally good night. I still have a lot of my orig­i­nal cus­tomers from when I first started up.

The cel­e­bra­tion was partly to say thanks and how much I ap­pre­ci­ate them.

What do you love about the job?

You feel sat­is­fied when you get a car with some­thing wrong with it and you give it back to the cus­tomer in good work­ing con­di­tion.

Fix­ing prob­lems gives me real job sat­is­fac­tion.

What do you do in your spare time?

I was in­volved with the Mt Beauty Car Club for 30 years, and pres­i­dent for a few years.

My son Cooper is re­ally into mo­tor rac­ing. He started speed­way rac­ing at Ta­wonga when he was 10. I built the cars he raced and now he is rac­ing at Win­ton. Win­ton is bi­tu­men and the cars are com­pletely dif­fer­ent.

I buy a car and strip it down to a shell and build it up again for rac­ing.

The next round of the Pro­duc­tion TTs is on next week­end. He is cur­rently sec­ond, 16 points be­hind the leader, so we reckon he has a chance.

He has done re­ally well over the past 12 months or so.

I am also a mem­ber of the Aussie To­rana Leg­ends.

It’s a so­cial group and we go on ral­lies and week­ends away. I am also a mem­ber of the Mt Beauty fire bri­gade.

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