I have always been
interested in cars (as most men are!), starting from an
early age thanks to my Fathers interest in cars and
motorsport. Born in Berkshire, I grew up in Norfolk, mostly
in Wymondham and surrounding villages, living just a few
miles from Hethel, the base of Lotus.
I got used to seeing Esprits, Excels and Elans in the 80s and 90s being driven
around from the factory, so have always particularly liked
Lotus and their principles. My Father (Treve) used to take
myself and my sister Angela to watch racing at Snetterton,
including BTCC and the then well known Willhire 24 hour
racing. This gave me an early taste of the fun and
competativeness in motor sport, we would often view the
Russell chicane and wait for overtakes and accidents!
Sadly my Father was
very protective of his cars (he wouldn't even let me wash
them!), but he would often explain their workings in detail,
even if I couldn't sit in the drivers seat! I made do with
Scalextric and then racing radio
controlled cars. It's interesting how these toys and models
give you knowledge that can be used with full sized cars,
particularly the RC cars.
After passing my test at
17 I was lucky enough to drive a neighbours BMW 635CSi,
which felt very rapid after learning in Vauxhall Corsas! I
studied at Brooksby College in Leicestershire for two years
where I completed my National Diploma in Fisheries Studies,
along with the award for Best Student. This and my
subsequent business of 8 years 'Aqua Life Leasing' accounts
for my forum nickname of Fishy Dave.
Whilst a student, there
was no way I could have afforded to run a car, so was happy
enough with my mountain bike (which I later raced for a few
years) and driving tractors at the agricultural college. The
odd Karting evening showed that not owning a car wasn't a
Moving to Somerset for a
job in 1999 allowed me to buy my first car - a Fiat Uno.
I set up an aquarium design and services business called
Aqua Life Leasing and at the same time I worked as a Team Trainer
for the Virgin Mobile call centre, for five years.
I set up my second
2005, from scratch.
Fast Films grew
rapidly, and became a great way of driving on track to film
clients, the best known of which being McLaren F1 and then
world champion Fernando Alonso.
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By late 2007 I had many
changes in my life, and sold both businesses, starting
afresh working for a Toyota dealership.
From 2003 onwards I have
been involved in a number of car clubs and forums, which
introduced me to car filming, touring, trackdays, sprinting
and finally racing. I continue to learn racecraft and
driving skills, and now enjoy passing these on to others, it
even helps me sell cars! My wife Beth is thankfully
very keen on my passion for cars, and has now driven at a
good few trackdays herself, getting faster and more
controlled each time. One year she may even race
herself. I passed my motorbike test in 2007 and owned a
Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat for two years, commuting to work
in all weathers, before selling up in 2009.
It gives me great
pleasure to have my family and friends along for support,
even managing to get my Father to drive at two track days
(never his own cars though!). My step father, Simon, also
took his MX5 on track at Bedford, although never again after
the bills for repairs (which I still say were co-incidental.....).
Budget is the biggest
barrier I have to progressing in racing, but have found that
only driving certain rounds does help keep the costs down.
In February 2012 I qualified as an ARDS race instructor at Brands Hatch, and hold my first
instructor licence - a provisional C grade.
In 2013 I began a new
career working for
www.classicsportscarclub.co.uk as Motorsport