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Age: 51 Lives: Bed­ford­shire His­toric Tri­als com­peti­tor

He started young “My dad com­peted in all branches of the sport: hill­climbs, tri­als, au­totest and ral­lies. Tony Fall was a friend of my fa­ther and I was very for­tu­nate to get an ap­pren­tice­ship with Opel in Ger­many in 1983 via Tony. Then I worked at Mo­tor Sport De­vel­op­ments (MSD) where I was work­shop man­ager and built BTCC Hon­das.”

He worked in dif­fer­ent parts of the sport “I worked at RML in the BTCC and the BRC as team man­ager and also in the WTCC and the WRC. Then I was in­volved in GT rac­ing with Fer­raris and Mclarens. Then, five years ago I moved to head up Clas­sic Restora­tions at As­ton Martin ex­pert Des­mond Smail.”

He was a young driver “I’ve al­ways com­peted in club-level motorsport. My par­ents had a small­hold­ing in York­shire and I could drive as soon as I could reach the ped­als. When I was 10 or 11 I bought my first car, which was an Alfa Romeo sa­loon car. But I could only drive it in the sum­mer as in the win­ter I got stuck in the fields. So I looked for some­thing I could drive 365 days a year and found this old tri­als car.”

He bought a tri­als car “It was a CWB Tri­dent and the chas­sis was made in 1960. So I bought the car I now com­pete in when I was 12 years old. I bought it for £100. The car was £75 and the trailer was £25. I sold every­thing I had, in­clud­ing my chop­per bike to Tony Fall for £40, and con­vinced my fa­ther to pay for the trailer.”

He fi­nally re­built it “I’ve owned it ever since. I put it in my fa­ther’s barn, which later burned down and the car was semi-derelict for many years. Then seven or eight years ago I made a con­scious ef­fort to do some­thing about it and it took me about four years to re­build it. In the fire the chas­sis was badly dam­aged so I used it as a pat­tern and made a new chas­sis.”

He has a ball with the HSTA “Ini­tially I built it for clas­sic tri­als but then the His­toric Sport­ing Tri­als As­so­ci­a­tion came along. I did one for a bit of fun and have never missed one since. The ca­ma­raderie is fan­tas­tic. My son Oliver shares the car when he can, but he works for Gulf Rac­ing in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship.”

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