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Motor Sport News - - In This Issue - WITH JOHN BRIND­LEY Age: 82 Lives: Northamp­ton Re­tired racer

He raced for more than 30 years “I lived and raced in Aus­tralia in the 1960s and then raced all sorts of cars in the UK, in­clud­ing Pro­duc­tion Sa­loons, Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars, Thun­ders­ports and his­torics. In 1979 I had a Lotus 23B and won the first race at the first HSCC meet­ing at Don­ing­ton Park. In 1980 and 1981 I had a Lotus 22 For­mula Ju­nior and the 23B to­gether.”

He raced with John Foul­ston “They were very good days and that’s what I liked to do best and I was for­tu­nate to be suc­cess­ful. One year, in 1981 or 1982, I picked up six tro­phies in one night; how for­tu­nate was that? I raced for John Foul­ston for six years up un­til his death in Septem­ber 1987.”

They hit it off straight away “I knew Martin Covill very well and John asked Martin who he would rec­om­mend to drive for him. Martin sug­gested two peo­ple and I met John one lunch time. He asked me what my favourite lunch was and I said a cap­puc­cino coffee and a smoked salmon sand­wich. He said that’s ex­actly what he liked and about 40 min­utes later he said I was go­ing to drive for him. It was a great op­por­tu­nity and I said I’d do my best.”

They had a lot of suc­cess “I raced the Can-am cars, like the Mclaren M8F, and the Thun­ders­ports Lola for John and it was fan­tas­tic. He was pretty brave and de­ter­mined to do well. Af­ter two years with him, he wouldn’t drive a car un­less I’d got it set-up to suit his driv­ing style.”

He wasn’t there the day Foul­ston was killed “He bought this Mclaren M15S Indycar and I told him it was lethal. I tested it for him twice. I still get quite up­set about it and the day he was killed was the first time he went test­ing with­out me. I’d been there ev­ery time he went test­ing.”

There was a fi­nal foot­note “When John died, in his safe were five let­ters and five cheques and his wife Mary said mine wasn’t the big­gest cheque but it was the nicest let­ter. It was ad­dressed to: ‘A dear friend who taught me to race and win’.”

Brind­ley: for­tu­nate man

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