MO­TOR­SPORT EX­CLU­SIVE

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Mov­ing On

Hav­ing ‘been there, done that’ Andy de­cided to quit mo­tor rac­ing. He walked away at the right time — at the top of his game. The Elfin was sold. Its trailer was con­verted to a pie cart, the en­gine went into a boat, and the car fi­nally got its cor­rect al­loy en­gine.

Andy went back to full-time farm­ing near Master­ton, un­til the day in 1974 that a he­li­copter pi­lot took him for a ride to spray this­tles. That was it. Andy is still an avid fol­lower of mo­tor sport, par­tic­u­larly For­mula One. He main­tains the Fer­rari link with a 456 road car, a stunning-look­ing car that he hap­pily says is the most un­re­li­able one he’s ever owned. On the pos­i­tive side, its en­gine, brakes and steer­ing are noth­ing short of bril­liant.

Talk­ing to Andy, there’s still ev­i­dence of the cheeky de­meanour and devil-may-care at­ti­tude that got him into a few scrapes, and saw him spend so many years living on the edge. He still thor­oughly en­joys life and finds it hugely en­ter­tain­ing, or makes it en­ter­tain­ing, just as he al­ways did. Here’s a man who is com­fort­able in his own skin, sat­is­fied with what he’s done and where he’s been.

Not Forgotten

Five years in top-level na­tional mo­tor sport, rac­ing against five world cham­pi­ons and living to look back on it, is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment, and yet Andy is al­most un­known to­day. Not that it both­ers him in the slight­est. A scrap­book with a few cut­tings, a photo al­bum with some loose pho­tos, a few more framed and hung on the wall, and one end of a bro­ken Cli­max crankshaft used as a pa­per­weight are the only vis­i­ble signs of that time. In­tan­gi­ble but no less real are the full mem­ory banks.

Mo­tor-rac­ing fans who wit­nessed Andy in ac­tion in the Brab­hams, and es­pe­cially in the glam­orous Fer­rari LM or pur­pose­ful Elfin, won’t need re­mind­ing that he was a cham­pion — and he’s def­i­nitely not forgotten.

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