Rowing champion Neville Howell and his MG collection
Read how Neville Howell taught himself to rebuild cars so he could add to his collection of beloved MGs.
Neville Howell is no stranger to success. In his mid-80s, the rowing champion is still adding to his collection of medals, which includes Olympic bronze and Commonwealth gold. His other passion is MG cars, and he had around two dozen at last count.
“In 1948, a family friend took me for a drive in his MG,” Neville remembers. “I was hooked.”
The next year, when he bought his first car, it was the famed MG TC.
Fast forward to 1970. While visiting California, Neville discovered dilapidated MGBs were cheap and plentiful, so he began importing and restoring them.
As a sideline to a successful business career, he had taught himself to rebuild wrecked cars. He would drive home to Bendigo from work in Melbourne and spend two hours each night honing his skills in painting, machining and wood turning. And his collection grew as other significant MG models came up for sale.