Med­i­cal pit stop for speedy twins

Both broth­ers forced to have knee op­er­a­tions to keep them on right road

Solihull News - - NEWS - ANDY RICHARDS andy. richards@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

THEY are the 79- year- old twins feared through­out the world... of Club Car Rac­ing.

And speed ad­dicts Reg and Ray Woodcock have no in­ten­tion of slow­ing down af­ter 40 years – de­spite hav­ing to make a cou­ple of pit stops for “run­ning re­pairs” – most re­cently knee ops for each.

Reg and Ray live a stone’s throw away from each other in Ch­eswick Green, near Soli­hull, and have never lost the en­thu­si­asm for speed that made them a driver and me­chanic double- act known on the top rac­ing cir­cuits of Bri­tain and Europe.

Even now, the broth­ers own a dozen mo­tor­bikes be­tween them – in­clud­ing two Vin­cent 1000cc col­lec­tor’s items – as well as an ar­ray of rac­ing cars in­clud­ing a 1960 TR3, a six- cylin­der TR5 and a West­field 11 with a five- litre Rover V8 race en­gine.

And with most of the bikes in road­wor­thy con­di­tion, the broth­ers still en­joyed tak­ing them out for a spin un­til “age­ing knees” put a tem­po­rary halt to their trav­els.

“It sounds funny but, to be hon­est, our knees were so worn we couldn’t ac­tu­ally get them over the bike,” ex­plained Ray, a former chief en­gi­neer with Lu­cas who was the me­chan­i­cal brains of the twins’ double act.

So they both ar­ranged to meet with or­thopaedic con­sul­tant Mr Shiv Jain at Spire Park­way Hospi­tal, Soli­hull.

“He said we both needed knee re­place­ments so we de­cided that we’d have them in tan­dem – Reg went first and, when he’d re­cov­ered fully so that he could get about prop­erly, I had mine done so he could then take his turn look­ing af­ter me,” ex­plained Ray.

Less than four months later and they are back – Reg just hav­ing had his sec­ond knee re­place­ment while Ray is booked in for early Novem­ber when it is hoped his twin is back on his feet.

Sur­geon Mr Jain said: “What a bril­liant pair they are. They cer­tainly aren’t ready to ac­cept grow­ing old just yet and their plan to ‘ stag­ger’ their ops so they can help each other is per­fect. I will not be ad­vis­ing them to re­turn to their high- speed ways of old but, pro­vided they do the re­quired physio and get them­selves fully mo­bile, there is no rea­son at all why they can’t get back on their mo­tor­bikes.”

Both founder mem­bers of the Sil­ver­stone Rac­ing Club, the pair chalked up an im­pres­sive 71 wins in their 35 years of Club Car Rac­ing, with Reg bring­ing his fear­less style of com­pet­i­tive­ness to the track be­tween 1963 and 1998.

“You could hear them say­ing ‘ here come the bloomin’ Woodcock twins’ when we turned up at the track,” said Ray. “Reg re­ally did put them on their guard. Ev­ery­one knew they’d have a race on their hands when they saw Reg on the start­ing grid.”

The broth­ers, who are also long- stand­ing mem­bers of the Soli­hull Ri­fle and Pis­tol Club, still ride out to­gether – but now it is of­ten to visit their 102- year- old mother Edith in the nearby Swal­lows Meadow Nurs­ing Home.

Reg and Ray Woodcock in ac­tion be­hind the wheel in their hey­day and, be­low, in hospi­tal af­ter both had knee op­er­a­tions

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