MIKEY GOD­FREY

“It is a hobby that takes up as much time as my work”

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It’s just a hobby, it is not worth get­ting stressed over.’ This phrase reg­u­larly comes out of my mouth – in fact, ev­ery time we have a bad Na­tional Hot Rod meet­ing.

This is usu­ally fol­lowed 10 min­utes later with a com­plete con­tra­dic­tion in­volv­ing plan­ning to sell a kid­ney and com­mit the 25th hour of the day to get­ting the car re­paired so we can go rac­ing again.

I’m very for­tu­nate that both my par­ents and girl­friend Joanne are as ob­sessed with driv­ing in cir­cles as I am. That means both dad and I can be lost to the garage, some­times for days on end with­out the risk of find­ing the locks changed and our clothes in bags on the doorstep when we re­turn.

Thank­fully, it also means we are well fed and there is a never end­ing sup­ply of tea (and beer) when th­ese un­avoid­able sit­u­a­tions arise.

I’ve been lucky enough to have raced cars since I was 10 years old, start­ing with Ju­nior Mi­nis at our lo­cal track, Stand­lake Arena in Ox­ford­shire and pro­gress­ing up to race Na­tional Hot Rods.

I’m 26 now and still find it just as ex­cit­ing get­ting strapped into the car as I did all those years ago, the only dif­fer­ence be­ing I can ac­tu­ally see over the steer­ing wheel th­ese days.

Rac­ing is, and hope­fully al­ways will be, my ob­ses­sion but un­for­tu­nately, no mat­ter how much I wish it was, it will never be a job op­tion.

This then leaves me with a hobby that takes up as much time as my job, costs a small for­tune and doesn’t earn any money back. It is all highly il­log­i­cal when you put it like that but I’m sure it’s a sit­u­a­tion shared by rac­ing fa­nat­ics the world over.

Work­ing on the car con­sists of my dad, our friend Mork and me, and un­like big pro­fes­sional teams we don’t have a man for ev­ery job.

In a sin­gle evening you can of­ten find your­self be­ing the body­work man, the set-up guy, the tyre fit­ter and the cleaner.

Joanne and my mum share the roles of PR and ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tives, of­fi­cial Face­book sta­tus up­daters, peace keep­ers and the all im­por­tant cater­ing team.

It re­ally is a fam­ily ef­fort and with­out them it would never hap­pen. Their un­wa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion to it over the years has al­lowed me to live my dream. There have been great mo­ments and cel­e­bra­tions and also some very quiet rides home in the lorry, fol­lowed by sulky Mon­days!

The plea­sure we get from it far out­weighs the long nights and empty pock­ets.

I’m tired and skint but I re­ally wouldn’t change it for the world.

God­frey and his team work hard for tro­phies

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