Mara started attending Classic Car Rallies with a friend whose family owned several classic cars, before getting her own, a Classic MX-5 Mk1 with the iconic pop up headlights known as ‘Lady’. She has a background in fine art photography and film-making with her work in the genre being exhibited both nationally and internationally. She holds a Master of Arts in Photography with Distinction from the University of Sunderland and was a founder of The Photographic Artists Review.