5 MIN­UTES WITH...

He was the orig­i­nal side­ways man, and a leg­end on the rally stage and oval cir­cuit. All hail Leapy Lee!

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS -

Barry Lee.

“I BEAT A YOUNG ROGER CLARK IN THE FI­NAL, THEN I WAS IN­VITED UP TO BORE­HAM. THE REST IS HIS­TORY...”

What was your first Ford?

An An­glia 105E.

How long have you been on the race scene?

In 1964, 1965 and 1966 I won the Play­ers Num­ber 6 Cham­pi­onship. I man­aged to win each round. I beat a young Roger Clark in the fi­nal. Then I was in­vited up to Bore­ham and the rest is his­tory. I’m still do­ing it all to­day...

Favourite Ford?

Es­cort Cosworth for the road — Ford ac­tu­ally gave me one to use. It got stolen though. Same as quite a few oth­ers.

What’s been the high­light of your colour­ful ca­reer so far?

See­ing the Union Jack flag be­ing waved ev­ery­where when I was truck rac­ing, one time sticks in my mind was on the Nür­bur­gring in Ger­many. I love rac­ing hot rods. Rac­ing with the Fi­esta Na­tional Hot Rods was a good one.

You have raced in so many events all over the world over the years. Are there any per­son­al­i­ties that stick with you?

Oh yes! For­mula One’s Ron­nie Peter­son and the late Henry Toivo­nen.

How do you rate your­self amongst your peers?

Well, I was rated in 2000 by a Mo­tor­sport poll. I was placed 16th in the top 100 world­wide driv­ers over the last 100 years! I was rated by the poll as the num­ber 1 racer in Bri­tain. I’m flat­tered re­ally, it’s nice to get the recog­ni­tion but even nicer as it was the pub­lic that voted.

If you could own any Ford for your­self what would it be?

You’ll laugh, but I love my Mon­deo es­tate! It’s prac­ti­cal and nippy enough for road use.

What’s the scari­est thing that you have ever driven?

The TG 1989 Paris-Dakar car I com­peted with. Scary car in a tough race.

When you’re dead and buried, what do you want peo­ple to re­mem­ber you by?

I’d like a head­stone that says, ‘I told you I was f**kin’ ill!’

Mid-prac­tice on a Ly­d­den Hill ral­ly­cross event in 1970 with the works Es­cort Twin Cam. Barry Lee’s bi­og­ra­phy,The Other Side Of Win­ning is avail­able from www.bar­rylee.co.uk

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