A man with humble beginnings on the family farm, minimal formal
education and no qualifications, but an enormous drive and vision. Along
with a very smart, loyal and patient wife! He founded one of the most
successful automotive small businesses in Australia, was the initiator of
trends, creator some of the most radical, yet immaculately engineered
cars this country (and all others) have seen and inspired thousands to
modify their own cars.
Often found observing and listening to reactions from a distance with
what many misconstrue as a grumpy, dour look on his face, he prefers
to let his cars do the talking, and boy do they do get people talking!
Following is the story of a name well recognised in the Australian
automotive landscape, but a person who very few actually really know.
Allison Hadfield is a Librarian with over 10 years experience in Local,
Academic and Medical Libraries as well as a Research Assistant and
Program Director. She has had articles and images published in Library,
Sporting and Art Journals and has also created and contributed to
self-published Zines. This is her first long-form work. She lives in country
Victoria on a 10-acre bush block, has two daughters and is the President
of Dragon City Derby Dolls and Bendigo’s Roller Derby League. Rod also
happens to be her dad, but she asks you to not hold that against her