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As well as com­pet­ing through­out the UK, and tak­ing his Es­corts to the Jersey Rally for many years. Pete has re­cently started to com­pete in what must be one of the most glam­orous events in the world­wide rally cal­en­dar — Rally Bar­ba­dos, hence the Bar­ba­dian trident flag on the car’s roof.

“I’d not done Bar­ba­dos be­fore, as when you put your car on the boat to take it to the event, you lose it for around 12 weeks,” he ex­plains, “too much time when you’re com­pet­ing se­ri­ously. But in 2015 I was set to re­tire from the sport and fig­ured it would be a great fi­nale to do Bar­ba­dos and join in with the other 30-40 UK and Ir­ish crews that visit each year.”

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble event, bril­liantly or­gan­ised by the Bar­ba­dos Rally Club, with mas­sively knowl­edge­able and friendly lo­cals in huge num­bers com­pet­ing and spec­tat­ing — to the point where it has over­taken cricket as the most spec­tated sport on the is­land!

“Your car goes on the boat in mid-April, and the fee of ap­prox­i­mately £3000 in­cludes that ship­ping, se­cure stor­age, race en­try and road in­surance. Ba­si­cally, all you need to do is turn up add, fuel and tyres, and drive.The whole pack­age isn’t so much more ex­pen­sive that do­ing an event like Jersey… and the weather is usu­ally a lot warmer than the Chan­nel Is­lands in Oc­to­ber.

“And it was this trip, plus quite a bad health scare that ended my re­tire­ment plans,” Pete adds. “Firstly, I wanted to re­turn to Bar­ba­dos as it was such an ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence, and this year will be my third trip with my daugh­ter Maria, who is an ex­pe­ri­enced nav­i­ga­tor, in the co-driver’s seat. And the health scare made me re­alise that I wanted to keep driv­ing for as long as pos­si­ble, be­cause you never know what’s around the cor­ner, do you?”

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