BORN MECHANIC: Matt Woodrow has been tinkering with engines for as long as he can remember and is now sharing his expertise in Gladstone.
BORN MECHANIC: Matt Woodrow has been tinkering with engines for as long as he can remember and is now sharing his expertise in Gladstone. Helen Spelitis

Matt fulfills destiny to become a mechanic

MONDAY MALE: Since the day he was born Matt Woodrow was destined to be a mechanic.

His father, two uncles and three of his cousins are mechanics.

It's clear the family has petrol running through its veins.

For as long as he can remember, Mr Woodrow has been pulling engines apart to see how they work - then putting them back together.

"I remember the first time I did it, I was about eight. I think it was a lawn mower or whipper snipper engine," he said.

"I used to have a little radio-control car I liked to tinker with too.

"I love the challenge and the satisfaction you get when you put it back together, turn it back on and it still works."

Mr Woodrow has travelled the country making four-wheel-drive enthusiasts' dreams come true in Canberra, Mackay and now Gladstone.

But his best memory was the first time he went to Fraser Island when he was 12-years-old.

"It was a really good trip. I just remember how good it felt being in a car driving on the beach. It was also my first time on an island," he said.

It has been exactly one month since the 32-year-old moved to Gladstone and started work at Stay on Track 4x4 Accessories.

The job suits him perfectly because four-wheel driving is a pastime he loves almost as much as getting paid to modify other peoples' 4x4s.

"I get to do a lot of modifications and I love seeing the finished job," he said.

"I love knowing that person walks away with something unique, that I have customized their four-wheel-drive to suit their needs."



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