For as long as I care to remember has motorsport, both club and historic, been a passion in my life.
Indeed, from my first ‘proper’ job upon leaving University have I combined my skills as an engineer with my love of the sport to enable me to prepare and race cars of all kinds and varieties from the CCC Speed Championships in my youth to, more recently, having the pleasure to race at the Spa 6 Hours meeting. I’ve always felt that, having a fully developed understanding of the mechanics of the car and indeed the sport, as well as my qualifications as an engineer have played a large factor in my improvements on the track over the course of my life as a driver.
However, it’s not only my own cars that I’ve developed and prepared. Over the years I’ve taken as much pleasure from working on and preparing other people’s different vehicles as well. Historic motorsport has grown in popularity so much since the turn of the century that more and more people are owning and racing their own cars; requiring someone with experience in the field to help with their preparation and maintenance.
Someone like me.
As an engineer with a large involvement in other branches of motorsport and the automotive industry I’m able to share some of the techniques and principles of these disciplines and modify it to the more modest budgets and vehicles of the club motorsport enthusiast. Of course, the budgets may be smaller and the pressures not as great, but the challenge in preparing a car to its maximum capacity still remains, and there’s a genuine thrill to getting that little bit extra out of the car.
And, of course, there are the challenges to overcome from an ever changing set of technical regulations across the variety of different motorsport classes. Having to dissect and understand those rules and then apply them to ensure the vehicle not only complies but is at its peak capability within those guidelines is always an exciting project. Knowing the finer details of what a car can and can’t do in relation to its own strengths and the rules by which it must abide can be crucial in gaining what one of my engineering and motorsport heroes, Mark Donahue, calls: The Unfair Advantage.
As an engineer with a deep for love and passion for motorsport I’m able to deliver a broad range of different services and technical assistance to lovers and devotees of the vintage cars and historic motorsport.
- Measuring and recreating rare but existing components in CAD for manufacture.
- Working with Owners clubs to recreate unavailable but vital components.
- Using existing drawings and converting to CAD format for small batch manufacture.
- Re-design and manufacture of casting patterns.
- Engine components.
- Typical Services to Club Motorsport.
- Design and manufacture of hubs, uprights and disc, bell, calliper arrangements.
- Design of Roll cages with in MSA and FIA guild lines.
- Suspension arms, and anti-roll bars front and rear.
- Ducting and cooling design to maximize air flow efficiency.
- Stressed lightweight fabrications
- Engine and gearbox mounts billet or fabricated.
- Fabricated brackets and covers.
- Composite replacement panels and covers.
- Airbox and inlet manifold design.
So if you’re a motor enthusiast with a car or other vehicle that needs some love and attention from a genuine expert in the field (who shares your passion for the sport) then please do give me a call and I’d be only too happy to help you out.