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By Andrew Richardson July 2015
Meet Mike McGee. Racing Car Driver. Farmer. Lord of the Minis.
They say if you have more than three of something you’re a collector. Some people collect ex wives, others collect knives. Mike McGee collects his favourite drive.
It’s a collection all right - more than thirty or forty Minis he reckons “They breed like Rabbits out here … they mysteriously turn up ready to go out to pasture”.
This was a photo shoot that’s been waiting to happen for more than twenty years. Yep – my bad – I haven’t dropped in on my Uncle Michael & Auntie Prue for a long time, but then again, their farm is more than eight hours North of Sydney and we do catch up at the usual family events or when Michael headed down to race meets in the city.
When I finally made the trip beyond Glen Innes I bought my mate Robert – Bob – Berkley along for the ride as he has a keen interest in old cars too. I didn’t explain much to Bob – I just said come along “you might like to meet my Uncle – he is one of a kind.”
After a couple of Tarantino Esque wrong turns down ghost town dirt roads we found Eastwood near Elsmore - a place where entropy was working to its full effect.
After an enthusiastic catch-up cuppa with my Auntie Prue & Michael we wandered across the land and found fields of Minis amongst unbroken horses. A parts department in the wool shed. A restoration hall in the machinery shed – projects a many underway. A cooper S Racer – in prep, Mokes & MG’s
Some of the minis looked rusted beyond repair – some were very unique – classics.
Some have dodged or taken a few bullets for the cause.
Mike McGee. Lord of the Lost Minis.
It is with deep sadness that as a Postscript to this photo series I have to report that Mike McGee lost his life on Friday 29th April 2016 following a racing accident in his white Mini during the Kempsey Hill Climb 24th April 2106. My thoughts and condolences are with his family during this tough time.
In death a hero, as in life a friend Henry W. Longfellow
By Andrew Richardson 2015
Driving North in search of entropy & decay.
From Sydney through the back roads via Wollombi and then Scone where I was long due for a break. A coffee stop – across from a Gift, which was the Art Deco Civic Theatre in glorious decay.
A couple of quick shots – gulped my coffee down and headed over to the local council offices with the intention of getting permission to enter & shoot the building.
The staff were very helpful. The building was slated for a full restoration this year – one of the big local projects supported by all things including a community photo competition. I was given the name of the builder who I called and left a message. Quandry. The light was just too good to wait – so I headed back to the Civic and I worked my way around the buildings exteriors then hit the road again in fading light.
The following morning I was going to follow up access but I then imagined the windowless interiors of a dark cinema. Perhaps – I had already caught the Civic in her best light…