From the first word I spoke (Rover!) I suppose a life time of motoring and motorsport interest.
Dad was a keen supporter of anything British, so no surprise that he was a member of the ERA club and therefore named me after Raymond Mays...
Attended my first race meeting 1951 at Gamston, organised by the NSCC and happily went to Mallory Park for as many meetings as we could as a family, often using public transport.
Dad was a press photographer before the war for the Nottingham Evening News, so I grew up leafing through his books and photographs of Donington, but apart from a two year spell with a 1934 Singer, we were car less! Joined the BRM supporters club (ORMA).
A keen Mini fan and first competed in a 998cc Mini Cooper at a Nottingham Sports Car Club sprint at Cadwell Park in 1970. Became a Director of the club just before the reopening of Donington. Later became Competition Secretary and Newsletter Editor and created their Sprint and Hillclimb Championship and competed for several years, still running Minis.
Emigrated to NZ early 1983 and after a spell as a flag marshal, started organising events through the MGCC then acquired a Marcos 3 litre Volvo in 1991, which I have raced ever since.
Was asked to take over a 10 year old race series for 4 cylinder BMC cars in 1996 which eventually morphed into two grids (split by speed) for classic European Cars and with a paid up annual registration of over 100 drivers for the last few years so now on year 19.
Keen supporter of the new Hampton Downs track complex just south of Auckland and like Dad, a keen photographer.
Just got what was a rotted out 1956 MG Magnette, legally on the road, after a ten year gestation, powered by a Rover V8. So a mix of purist and pragmatist.
Edited by socram, 11 March 2015 - 07:45.