DOWN THE PUB

Age: 63 Lives: Towces­ter Rally of the Tests con­tender

Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH PAUL CROSBY

He ral­lied as a young­ster “I started road ral­ly­ing as soon as I got a driv­ing li­cence in an 850cc Mini. They were just flat-out days and I loved it. I ended up do­ing some stage ral­lies and rolled the Mini into a ball when we hit a tree on the Suf­folk Stages. So that was my ral­ly­ing ca­reer over at the age of 19 or 20. I didn’t have any money to re­pair the car.”

He worked in F3 “I de­cided to get a proper job and I was a trained BMC me­chanic. But I was more in­ter­ested in how to make the car go round cor­ners bet­ter, so I got into For­mula 3 rac­ing with Dr Joseph Ehrlich and I worked for him for three or four years build­ing F3 cars. I learned a huge amount and went from there to March Engi­neer­ing where I was race en­gi­neer and team man­ager. I ran peo­ple like Nigel Mansell and Mike Thack­well and then started my own busi­ness called Crosby Com­pos­ites.”

He en­gi­neered some top names “We started off in fi­bre­glass and pro­gressed into car­bon fi­bre and I built it into a multi-mil­lion pound com­pany and sold it two years ago. My first love has al­ways been cars and how they work and I did some free­lance engi­neer­ing for Dave Price and Ed­die Jor­dan. So I ran Martin Don­nelly and Jean Alesi in F3000, then David Coulthard and Gil de Fer­ran. So along­side the busi­ness I did race engi­neer­ing along­side all these won­der­ful driv­ers and won­der­ful teams.”

He went back to ral­ly­ing “When I sold the busi­ness I de­cided I’d like to have a go at ral­ly­ing again. So I tried it out to see if I en­joyed it like I did when I was thrash­ing up and down coun­try lanes as a youth. So I bought a 1969 Porsche 911 and the rest is his­tory. The first event I did was Throck­mor­ton three years ago, with my son nav­i­gat­ing and we had a fan­tas­tic time.”

He’s out this week­end “I now do as many events as I can. I’m lucky enough to have peo­ple like Andy Pul­lan sit along­side me. I bought an MG TB as I wanted to do some pre-war ral­lies like the Fly­ing Scots­man and 1000-Mile Trial. The Porsche 356 is a new ad­di­tion for things like the Rally of the Tests. I did Throck­mor­ton with it as a shake­down and I think it will be okay this week­end.”

Crosby: loves ral­ly­ing

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