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Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

72 Hor­sham His­toric tri­als pro­moter

He’s al­ways com­peted “I’ve been in mo­tor­sport since I was 18 but I only started rac­ing when I was 60. I did a bit of hill­climb­ing and I went rac­ing in 2004 in a Lotus 7 in His­toric Road Sports. Then I had a Lotus 23 for the Guards Tro­phy and now I’ve got a one-litre F3 Chevron B15C, which was Stu­art Tiz­zard’s.”

He’s about to race the Chevron “I tried the Chevron for the first time at Good­wood re­cently and I thor­oughly en­joyed it. The Mem­bers’ Meet­ing will be my first sin­gle-seater race. I’ve got a Mal­lock Clas­sic Club­mans car as well.” He was a tri­als driver be­fore “I was pri­mar­ily a tri­als rider and then driver and went through mod­ern sport­ing tri­als in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I love the old cars and so here we are. We’ve con­verted a lot of his­toric rac­ers and about 75 per cent of our com­peti­tors are new to tri­als. We want peo­ple look­ing to do some­thing dif­fer­ent in the win­ter for a bit of fun.” “Our first event was in May 2012 at Long Comp­ton in Ox­ford­shire and it has grown far more than I ex­pected. At Sy­well in Jan­uary we had 44 en­tries, in­clud­ing a lot of two-driver en­tries, which is amaz­ing. We want to make it fun and not take it too se­ri­ously. The his­toric class is for pre-1970 and the post-his­toric class is up to 1977.”

There is grow­ing de­mand “There is a short­age of cars right now, but there are more cars com­ing and we’ve got peo­ple who are restor­ing cars. A new recre­ated chas­sis is about £2500 and a good com­plete Cannon is about £15,000 and it should hold its value very well.”

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