Occupation: Estate Agent
Currently competing in: Various Car Trial Championships
Career highlights: BTRDA Car Trial Champion 1984 and 2010, MSA Car Trial championship twice runner up, BTRDA Gold Star Rally Class wins 1990s, BTRDA Allrounders Champion 1994
What got you interested in motor sport in the first place?
I became interested in motor sport as a child through my Father's exploits rallying a TR3 and through following the amazing success of my hero Stirling Moss, the greatest racing driver ever.
Where/how did you get started? What was your first car and how much does competing in events cost you?
I started trialling as a bouncer (passenger) for a variety of great trials drivers including Phil Shaw and Mike Stephens. As soon as I could drive I bought a little Fiat 500 and trialled it with some success, progressing to a Mini 1000 and then a 1275GT in which I also competed on the 1973 Tour of Britain.
I have trialled mainly front wheel drive cars, the most successful being Novas and Saxo VTRs. I am currently trialling a Suzuki Swift Sport. Each event costs about £60 in total for fuel, tyres (one set lasts for two years at least) and the entry fee.
What tips would you pass onto someone who wants to start competing?
Go to an event and have a good look! Ask for a ride with a driver who needs a bouncer (passsenger), take it all in, join a local Motor Club (check which ones have trialling members), see what is the most suitable and competitive type of car, look at the MSA website and buy a lcompetition licence if required (for many events all you require is membership of a motor club), get hold of the right car (speak to motor club members and current competitiors if you need advice) and off you go!
Why would you recommend taking up motor sport?
It is wonderfully competitive, exciting and an enjoyable way to spend a day with like minded folk. You will make many new friends.