Ray Donner and I would spend most weekends at either Rye House in Hoddesdon or Tilbury Go-Kart Tracks, and then evenings in between we would be glued up our garage working on our Karts or motorbike scramblers.
My first Race car a Vauxhall Viva HB “Gerry Marshall” I raced this in Modified Production Saloons a great race series sponsored by Truseal and run by Al Wayman and Brian Sheridan.
I started to improve and managed to save up to get hold of a very nice Lotus Sunbeam the series was now sponsored by Falken Tyres and here I won my first race outright at a very wet Snetterton.
I changed cars a few times including a Mitsubishi Starion, Astra, and back to another Lotus.
I craved after a Ford Sierra RS 500, these were the best of the best in Touring Cars at this time 1989 so incredible fast (in fact so fast that they were banned a few years later) but didn’t have the budget so Bob Mitchell and Ray Donner my best pals had started a race car team called Preptech and built me a Ford Sapphire over the winter months we went for a nice 2000 Pinto engine from the famous “sausage fingers” himself HT racing Aaron Tucker and Roland Hayes.
Initial teething problems (HT had pushed very hard to give me a competitive engine) were solved, bearing in mind I was in class C against some monster A class cars but we wanted overall wins not just class places!