DOWN THE PUB

WITH ALAN COOK

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60 Es­sex Clas­sic Club­mans racer

He had a chance in­tro­duc­tion “Brian Hunter and his wife Tr­ish, who race in Clas­sic Club­mans, hap­pened to keep their rac­ing car near my of­fice. This was five or six years ago and one af­ter­noon he was out there pol­ish­ing it. I said: ‘what the hell is that?’ He said it was a Mal­lock I’d never heard of it. I said: ‘it looks like a go-kart on steroids’.”

He went to his first race meet­ing “He said they were rac­ing at Mal­lory Park that week­end and sug­gested I went for a look. My part­ner and I went to Mal­lory and it was chuck­ing it down with rain and I was hooked. I’d not even driven a race car at that point and I’d done noth­ing at all be­fore that other than a cou­ple of cor­po­rate kart­ing days.”

He started with a Mal­lock “I started by hir­ing a Mal­lock Mk23 from Richard Mal­lock. My first race was at Brands Hatch and I started from the back and spun all over the place. I got used to that and the op­por­tu­nity for an ‘A’ class car came along, so I took it.”

Mark Char­teris is his bench­mark “I’ve im­proved over the five years I’ve been rac­ing. Peo­ple thought I was mad when I started rac­ing at 55 but I love it. It is such a thrill and the Clas­sic Club­mans are fan­tas­tic cars. Rob Man­son, who comes across from Amer­ica to race, and I are at the same sort of level and we have a good time to­gether. We al­ways say that if we are within five sec­onds of Mark Char­teris, we’re do­ing okay.”

He loves his rac­ing “I’m re­ally en­joy­ing my rac­ing. My main busi­ness is in electrical com­po­nents and when I’m not work­ing or rac­ing I do en­joy the oc­ca­sional sa­fari hol­i­day. I got back from Namibia in May and raced at Sil­ver­stone the fol­low­ing day. But I was al­ways think­ing about the rac­ing while I was out there!”

Richard Mal­lock is key “A friend of ours called Paul King, who is an ex-karter, some­times drives the Mal­lock on a track day and he says it is well-bal­anced and just spot on. That’s down to Richard Mal­lock’s knowl­edge and his son Char­lie as well. It is a won­der­ful car to drive and when you are on a dry track on slicks the con­fi­dence the car gives you is just phe­nom­e­nal.”

Alan Cook: a late starter

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