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63 Chich­ester His­toric racer and tri­aller

He’s raced for 50 years “I started racing karts when I was 13, so I’ve been racing for 50 years and I’ve ab­so­lutely loved it. I’ve raced in just about ev­ery for­mula, in­clud­ing His­toric F1, His­toric F2 and Group C. I’ve al­ways done my own prepa­ra­tion.”

He worked in F1 “In the 1970s I worked for Emer­son and Wil­son Fit­ti­paldi, build­ing the Cop­er­su­car F1 car. They were built here and taken to Brazil to be as­sem­bled. They weren’t great cars but it was great fun and I learned a lot, af­ter do­ing a six-year aero­space ap­pren­tice­ship. I’ve al­ways been mad on cars.”

He pre­pares cars “I did race prepa­ra­tion so I could race my­self. In or­der to be able to drive them, I had to work on them and I’ve pre­pared lots of cars for other peo­ple. I re­mem­ber tak­ing 11 cars to Spa one year and there were five of us try­ing to run 11 cars. I’ve met some fan­tas­tic peo­ple and some of the nicest peo­ple in the world do what we are do­ing. I’m very lucky to be a part of it.”

“I’m still look­ing for a car to race this sea­son. I like to buy a car, put it back to­gether and de­velop it. I don’t like some­thing that some­one else has pre­pared. I’ve been look­ing for some time, but haven’t found it.”

He’s now do­ing tri­als “Frank Lyons told me I had to do his­toric sport­ing tri­als and I ab­so­lutely love it. It is much harder than racing. In racing you only have to stay on the track. With tri­als, on ev­ery sin­gle sec­tion you have to con­cen­trate and work out ex­actly where you are go­ing to go. You have to be very ac­cu­rate on the throt­tle. The cars need lit­tle prepa­ra­tion and it is per­fect to do in the win­ter. I did have a win on the Isle of Wight a few years ago and I won at Plashes Farm last Au­gust. My wife Lesley-ann pas­sen­gers.”

Methley: racing and tri­als

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