Automobiles — or frankly anything with an internal combustion engine — have always been a passion for Robert; he has owned, driven, refurbished, built, maintained, crashed and raced (not necessarily in that order) over 30 cars and 10 motorcycles in 38 years of driving/riding! A feat not spectacular in itself as many more can lay claim to more experience — however, it does give him varied background in motor vehicles in general and he is a passionate advocate for motorsport in particular. During his time in the RAF he was Deputy Chairman of the Royal Air Force Motor Sports Association (RAFMSA) with his main responsibility being to oversee the administration for the RAFMSA but also to encourage and mentor some of the younger less experienced racing members.
His desire was always to race cars and karts — but not motorcycles (he leaves that to his brother) although he has competed in a number of amateur trials riding competitions. He has karted for the last 4–5 years (on and off — as funding and spare time allowed) with the 210 Challenge… a more friendly bunch of motorsports enthusiasts you would struggle to meet! ‘Everybody helps everybody else’ is a default setting for mechanics and drivers alike and this is part of the reason that (on the short circuits at least) this formula remains the most popular gearbox glass in karting with grids of between 18 and 24 a regular sight — and all powered by the venerable Villiers 9E/11E 2–stroke engine which started off at 197cc and 6bhp — we are allowed to bored this out to 210cc and through judicious porting, carburation and, not least, expansion chamber technology we can get 43+bhp from what is a 60+year old engine!
With experience of karting, hill climbing and sprinting in addition to, recently, taking the plunge into ‘tin–top’ racing in the Mighty Minis championship his ambition is to become a coach, instructor and potentially, a manager for those wishing to enter motorsport at grass roots level.