ECHUCA’S Max Draper has a serious (and pretty much lifelong) passion for motorbikes — both riding and fixing them.
And the Ulysses Club has certainly sat up and taken notice of his career progress.
The fledgling motorcycle mechanic has been named 2018 Motorcycle Apprentice of the Year for Victoria and Tasmania by the Ulysses Club — a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40.
Currently completing the fourth and final year of his apprenticeship, Max said he was blown away by the award.
‘‘It’s amazing to get this award before I finish,’’ he said.
‘‘I was rapt just to be someone who was nominated, let alone win.’’
Starting off his apprenticeship at Echuca Car Service Centre and Echuca TMV (Lou’s Tractors), Max finally discovered his true passion at marine and motorcycle mechanics Callaway Performance.
‘‘Cars were just not what I wanted to do, the location of parts make it more frustrating work,’’ he said.
‘‘And while I enjoyed boats and heavy diesel, motorbikes were my favourite. I love riding them and fixing them up.’’
Max was nominated for the award by his boss Greg Callaway.
‘‘He’s an excellent teacher and mentor,’’ Max said.
‘‘I think he nominated me because of how much I’ve learnt from when I started to where I’m at today, and my progress in that time.’’
Max has been awarded a $1000 voucher for Supercheap Auto which — you guessed it — he’ll spend on more tools of the trade.