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Chel­tenham Clas­sic Rac­ing Car win­ner

He was in­volved from an early age “I started in the HSCC of­fice at meet­ings when my mum was help­ing Brian Cocks and my brother Brian and I were sell­ing racer num­bers and dish­ing out timesheets from the age of six.”

He tried For­mula Ford “I didn’t go into kart­ing; I went into For­mula Fords and did a cou­ple of sea­sons at Cas­tle Combe. Then I de­cided to do his­torics about 10 years ago and started with a Porsche 924, which is the car that my brother now races. Then I had a Porsche 928: we lived close to 928 ex­pert Paul An­der­son and it seemed like the right thing to do and I sold the 924 to Brian. It was good fun but it was just like throw­ing money away.”

He got a Pal­liser “I’d al­ways wanted a Lo­tus Elan be­cause my dad raced an Elan, but I couldn’t af­ford one so I bought the For­mula At­lantic Pal­liser in­stead. I had a go in a For­mula Ford 2000 for a sea­son and then traded that for the Pal­liser. It was Nick Over­all’s car and be­fore that was owned by Chris Al­ford, so it is well known.”

This sea­son has gone well “The Pal­liser is ba­si­cally an un­der­rated Brab­ham and I couldn’t af­ford a Brab­ham. The per­for­mance you get for the money is very good and this year has gone very well as I’ve won the Clas­sic Rac­ing Car series. We reckon that’s the first ti­tle for a Pal­liser since Vern Schup­pan won in For­mula At­lantic in 1971. Clas­sic Rac­ing Cars is a re­ally friendly series and the rac­ing is fair. A Lo­tus twin-cam en­gine will last more than two sea­sons.”

He has a one-litre F3 car “I’ve also got a March 703 one-litre F3 car. It is the ex-mo Nunn car that came back from the States, where it had sat in a barn since 1973. We tested it last week and it is go­ing well and we think we’ve cured most of the is­sues we had with it. I’m hop­ing to race that next year and I can race it in Clas­sic Rac­ing Cars as well.”

Fam­ily is on the way “I’m a bit hes­i­tant about plans for next year as my wife Nicky is about to have a baby. I don’t think I’ll be do­ing a full sea­son. But she’s keen on rac­ing and doesn’t want to stop com­ing just be­cause we’ve got a child.”

Jarvis: suc­cess in Pal­liser

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