Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH BRIAN JARVIS

Age: 41 Lives: Chel­tenham Porsche 924 racer

He fol­lowed his dad into rac­ing “My dad John raced in the 1970s, mainly in Lo­tuses. He raced a Lotus 23 with Brian Cocks in the early years of the HSCC. So it was in the fam­ily as I went rac­ing with him and it just went from there. He’s nor­mally around help­ing us out, be­ing a me­chanic and still get­ting his hands dirty.”

His brother also races “I’m the younger brother of An­drew who races a Pal­liser in Clas­sic Rac­ing Cars. Now we get on and en­joy the rac­ing, and 20 years ago it was the other way round and dad was do­ing the rac­ing. If I had more time and money I’d like to run a Lotus Elan in Road Sports but they are ex­pen­sive cars.”

The 924 has served him well “I’ve been rac­ing eight years now; al­ways in the Porsche 924 in ’70s Road Sports. It is the only car I’ve raced so far. It’s a great cham­pi­onship and I’ve had a lot of fun. Un­til Cad­well in June, when a wheel came loose on the warm­ing up lap, I’d only lost the class once in three sea­sons. So it has been go­ing re­ally well.”

The Porsche is a good value car “It is a Porsche, so it works re­ally well and I think it is prob­a­bly the cheap­est car on the grid. It is prob­a­bly worth around £9000 and it holds its value pretty well. It is a re­li­able car; the gear­box works, the en­gine goes on for­ever and so it is about as cheap mo­tor rac­ing as you can get.”

He helps his brother “We help each other out at race meet­ings with things like pit boards and slave bat­ter­ies. We both live in Chel­tenham and An­drew now has two sin­gle­seaters as he’s also got a one-litre F3 March.”

He has fam­ily com­mit­ments “I’ll carry on rac­ing and at the mo­ment I’ve got a young fam­ily so the bud­get won’t stretch any fur­ther. I’ve got three boys, twins aged five and a two-year-old, and they all come to the race meet­ings in the mo­tor home. I run the car and spend time with the fam­ily and that’s about it; I’m an ac­coun­tant by pro­fes­sion.”

Jarvis: rac­ing is fam­ily fun

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