Driver Class: 3C
Occupation:- ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Senior Fuels Technical Advisor retired; Director of NGRM Ltd providing fuels technical advice and training.
I have been hillclimbing with the occasional sprint since the mid-nineties. I used to run a Rover SD1 Vitesse 4.6 litre twin turbo up until 2001 when I decided I needed something a bit lighter and purchased an ex-tarmac rally TR7 with a 3.5 litre V8 installed. After a bit of work sorting it out, I ran it for a year before building a normally aspirated 4.6 Rover V8 and fitting Motec engine management. In 2005 I decided I needed more power with a Shelsley S approach speed of 90 mph and finish line speed of 90mph and a best time of around 33.5 secs. It took me a about 18 months to build the turbo motor with a top hat linered block, forged pistons etc and get it installed. The car now features a Jaguar MK2 rear axle and a TVR Tuscan T5 gearbox to handle the extra grunt. In the last few years I have been runner up twice in the Midland Hillclimb Championship Mod-Prod over 2 litre class and managed a best time at Shelsley of 30.96 secs in August 2014 followed by a heavy crash into top S at Shelsley in 2015 that severely damaged the front right corner. Its taken a while to get the car and the driver working properly again but both are now running well and I am looking forward to a good seasons racing and thought it would be fun to try a few sprints as well as the hills.