It was Hank’s father Terry who told him he might need to pull the plug on the intensity of his jobs.
”After the second crash, Dad said to me, ‘Look, Hank, you can keep doing this but you might end up dying because of the risks you take, or you could start earning some good money.’ So he suggested mining and at that stage there was a lot of work in the mines.”
Hank went on to be a mining rigger, however he said his mum’s stroke triggered a need to head back home and spend time with his loved ones. “After she had her stroke, I went back to work and I told the supervisor on the first day back that I was going to quit,” he says.
“After that I had no real idea what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to live with Lily and be close to mum after the stroke. So I progressed into real estate through Lily’s granddad because he’s a real-estate agent.”
While his office job is a little less extreme, Hank has taken up race-car driving so he can still xperience a few thrills. “I decided to go all-in on racing. It is dangerous.”
“My uncle was in V8 supercars, Larry Perkins. He owned the Perkins racing car team and dad used to race as well. He won the Australia Formula 4 championship and got a Penfold’s sponsorship to race in Europe, which was Formula 3, so he knows these cars through and through.”