Motor Sports Association

Drag Racing

 

Andy Robinson

Lives: Basingstoke

DOB: 1956

Occupation: Designs and builds competition cars for various disciplines

Currently competing in FIA European and MSA British Drag Racing Championships; Nordic Drag Racing Series; Swedish Drag Racing Championship.

Career highlights: Five times MSA British Drag Racing Champion

 

What got you interested in motor sport in the first place?

I was in my first year of a mechanical engineering apprenticeship and one of the lecturers was a marshal and asked who’d be interested in giving it a go. I was in like a shot and spent three years marshalling at the southern circuits – I even did the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1976. It was a great way to get started.

 

Where/how did you get started?

I was clearly into the engineering side of things so dropped a V8 engine into my MkII Ford Zephyr road car – it meant everything to me – and took it drag racing at Santa Pod just like people go and do track days today. My first event was the day after I got married.

 

What tips would you pass onto someone who wants to start competing?

My top tip would be just go and do it – don’t hold back. It’s not that scary, or that difficult. Just go and get your MSA licence and start competing. You’ll soon start going quicker as people around you offer you advice and information. You won’t get that on a track day.

 

Are you a member of a motor club and how long for?

I’ve held an MSA licence since 1979 and have been a member of various clubs including the Santa Pod Racers’ Club for over 20 years.

 

Why would you recommend taking up motor sport?

It’s just a great buzz. There’s the competitive element, which I enjoy, but it’s also like being part of a big extended family. You get to know people, get support, find out about yourself, make great friends and become part of a great scene. You get a lot back for your money. It’s also something the whole family can come and be a part of – both my son and daughter are part of my team.