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Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH DAN EAGLING Age: 36 Lives: Nor­wich Racer and pre­parer

He fol­lowed his fa­ther

“My dad Glenn was rac­ing when I was re­ally young and we were brought up on it. Dad helped me build my first Club­mans car and we moved on from there. Each time we built a car I learnt a bit more as an en­gi­neer and as a driver.”

He raced at a high level

“I moved up through Club­mans rac­ing and got up to GT rac­ing. I went to Bri­tish GT for a cou­ple of sea­sons and then the Le Mans Series and back into Bri­tish GT again.”

GP2 en­gi­neer­ing fol­lowed

“Af­ter the driv­ing side of my ca­reer in Bri­tish GT started to phase out I started to work in GP2 for is­port. I de­signed and de­vel­oped a race sim­u­la­tor and then ended up on the en­gi­neer­ing team. Then we started a fam­ily and de­cided that all the travel wasn’t ideal.”

His­torics beck­oned

“My pas­sion was re­ally be­ing in­volved in all of the car and I like to get my hands dirty. I’d al­ways had an in­ter­est in his­torics so I set up Life­time Rac­ing. We started off run­ning a few peo­ple we knew, in­clud­ing Andy Lan­gridge. We re­stored a Lo­tus Europa for him and it just went from there.”

He’s re­stored two Lo­tus Elans

“I built a Lo­tus Elan, which I raced at the Oul­ton Park Gold Cup and got sec­ond in class, and that got us no­ticed a bit. We re­stored an­other Elan, which we are now run­ning for Will and Michael Goff in the Guards Tro­phy. I’m now restor­ing an Elva for Mark Hal­stead.”

He starred in a Lo­tus 61

“We re­stored the Lo­tus 61 For­mula Ford for Andy Lan­gridge and I raced it at Cas­tle Combe last month. You al­ways want to be at the front, but the 61 is not the most com­pet­i­tive car in His­toric For­mula Ford. I thought we’d be to­wards the front, but I didn’t ex­pect to lead at the end of the first lap and fin­ish sec­ond.”

His­torics is the fo­cus

“If a car that is not ex­pected to be at the front is do­ing well, then it shows that we’re do­ing our job well. There is a good busi­ness model for us in his­toric rac­ing. I can set-up the cars and show the own­ers that the car is right and they can jump in it with con­fi­dence and push to their lim­its.”

Eagling is ex­pe­ri­enced

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