Collie rev-head chases US dream

Zach RelphSouth Western Times

Morgan Melvin has been involved in speedway for as long as he can remember.

The 24-year-old, who was born and raised in Collie, had a successful junior sedan career on the WA circuit and still races in the State’s late model division with brother, Alec, and father, Ken.

A dream to work in what Morgan describes as the motorsport “pinnacle” has led the enthusiastic rev-head back to the United States for a second consecutive year.

Morgan flew out of Perth on Sunday for a four-month stint with Powell Motorsports in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, working as a crew chief for revered driver Scott ‘The Silver Shark’ James.

“When we are young we are told to chase our dreams,” Morgan told the South Western Times prior to his departure.

“America is the pinnacle of racing and when I went over there last year to work, I saw it was possible to achieve my dream of working full-time in the US racing industry.

“The job will be a little bit nerve racking, given I’m working with new people, but it will test my ability to keep calm in a new environment.”

Morgan has worked at various Collie mine sites as a heavy duty mechanic since graduating from Bunbury Catholic College in 2010, while continuing his racing pursuits.

However, despite his talent behind the wheel, Morgan has also become a well-known motorsports commentator since first picking up a microphone at the age of 17.

Citing football great Dennis Cometti as one of his idols, Morgan has called the World Series Sprintcars, Krikke Boys Shootout and various State title events.

He has also become a regular voice on Collie Community Radio, having hosted a weekly sports segment and commentating Collie Eagles’ home games.

“Commentary has been a passion for a while – it’s something I enjoy doing,” Morgan said.

“It has given me the opportunity to work with some of my childhood heroes at the Bunbury Speedway like Ben Bishop and Jason Crowe.”

In addition to commentary, Morgan has harboured a passion for print journalism through the development of his reporting skills.

The sports fanatic has covered the South West Football League for the Bunbury Herald and also reported on various speedway meetings for different online publications.

Morgan has not ruled out a possible career change one day – with either the microphone or pad and pen – but insists he is still determined to live his childhood US motorsports dream.

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