28= DEREK HOOD & FAMILY
Classic Cars, £100m
Derek Hood came in 16th in the 2014 Le Mans Classic race, driving a Jaguar XK120. The Jaguar was one of five cars in the race from Hood’s JD Classics operation in Maldon. He trained as a dentist but after he began restoring classic cars as a hobby, he quickly found there was strong demand for his services and that he could turn his pastime into a business. He gave up teeth and since 1987 has been running JD Classics. It specialises in restoring and preparing racing cars reaching speeds in excess of 200mph. It also provides customers with JD race team specialists to support their cars in European and worldwide race events. Hood has also launched Jaguar Heritage Racing Trust on behalf of Jaguar Cars, which gives full race preparation and support for Jaguar’s Cars’ historic fleet of vehicles. In 2013-14 JD Classics saw its profit soar to £12.2m on £72.4m sales. Hood owns all the £100m operation.