It all started out when I used to watch my dad mess around with anything that basically had an engine in it! And boy did it get me in a lot of trouble over the years when I was a young un!!! And now years later I’m still doing the same thing, I just don’t get into trouble for it now though!! 🙂
I remember one of the first bikes I ever got, and it was a fs1e, fizzy fifties we used to call em! And I was forever sneaking it out when I could!! And me and my little 10 or 11 year old mates would take it over onto the playing fields, and there we’d stay until either my father turned up or the police! And tbh it didn’t really matter who got there first, because you still ended up with a proper good hiding!!! It’s a bit different nowadays though to when I was a young lad!!! But we always learned in the end that it was wrong for us to be doing what we were, and it also taught us discipline and principles etc etc!!! And I think I got my love of things mechanical from my dad, because he was always tinkering about with something, whether it be an old petrol lawn mower or a car! And I always stood to watch him doing whatever it was that he was doing at the time!!!
And now here I am with well over 30 odd years experience as a fully trained and qualified mechanic/welded, fabricator/sprayer/bodywork and much, much more!! 🙂 And I’ve got a great wife behind me as well, I’ve tried to cover all the basics that I could, I’m only running on a limited budget, so I have got to be pretty careful when it comes to spending! That’s why I try and do everything in house myself, because it will work out cheaper in the long run!!!
And you’ll have to excuse me if I make a bit of a mess with this site to start with, as I’ve never done anything like this before!!! I’d rather be building an engine or something than be doing this sort of thing!! 🙂
Give me an greasy old lump of metal and I’m as happy as a pig in s**t!! 🙂 If I haven’t got oil and grease on my hands etc then there’s something wrong!!!! 🙂 And it’s a good job that I’ve got a very understanding missus of 27 years too! Who’s had the pleasure of having to put up with me and my craziness for over a quarter of a century!!!! Now it sounds like a lot when you put it that way, well more than it does just saying 27 years, don’t you think??? Or is it just me??? 🙂
We’ve got 2 grown up boys, the eldest went straight into the army from leaving school, obviously he was only 16 so we had to sign for him to be allowed! Then one day in he walks saying that he wanted to go to what they call “The Army Foundation College”, and he went on to explain to us that it was a place for young under 18’s to go and spend time there to make sure that it’s something that they really want to do! And you have to stay there for a minimum of 12 months, and then if you’re still there at the end of it all then you pass out, just the same as the regular army! Just because these kids are between the ages of 16 and 18 doesn’t mean that they have it easy, because they don’t, believe me I’ve seen how they treat em with my own two eyes!!! So you’ve got to be pretty tough to cope with it all!!!! Well I never thought that my lad would last it out, but he did! 🙂
I always thought that he’d end up like me, being,motor mad!! But they don’t interest him at all, when I was racing myself I’d take him with me and it was just never his thing, which is fair enough!! Even though he’d still get in the car when we’d be up in Buxton moorland, at the Buxton Raceway, that’s where we’d go for practising as it was the closest one for us!!!
But I tell you what, we’ve had some great weekends practising at Buxton, bcoz we’d stay all weekend long, take the camping gear and we would be good to go!! 😆 In the end up we’d have about ten plus people who decided that they wanted to come and watch etc! So we’d have us, them lot with their young uns and we always had a wonderful time and a really good laugh, and then it’d be time to get on the track, so that’s when the serious head comes on, and I just focus on the task at hand, which was to Win!!! 😆😆 (There is a video of me and the missus having a play around with the drift car that I’d just built from a bare shell, and I mean a bare shell! !! 😆 I can’t remember exactly which page it’s on but I might aswell put it on here too, so I’ll see if I can do it again and get a video on!!
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