I started racing in 1967. I co-owned a boat with a friend and one Sunday we went along to Tattershall Lake in Lincolnshire, which was home of the Lincolnshire Power Boat Club. We took the boat with us as we thought we might be able to put her on the water but definitely hadn’t gone along with any thought of racing. I met Ron Birchell, who asked if I fancied having a go. I explained that I didn’t have the necessary documents to race but Ron said as long as the other drivers agreed then I could take part.
The other drivers did agree and with a borrowed crash helmet and life jacket I found myself in my first ever race. The rest, as they say, is history.
At that time the Lincolnshire Power Boat Club had a very healthy membership and held races on a Sunday, once a month. These were the days before cats and often as not, club races had to be split into two heats as there could be up to 38 boats and drivers all ready and raring to go.
Ron Birchell was also involved with the Grimsby Power Boat Club, which had been granted permission to race on the then, recently constructed Covenham Reservoir.
Ron and I entered the Chasewater 24 hour race together.
1969 – French International one hour Grand prix at Rabadanse. We finished 1st overall with Peter Thorneywork in 2nd place and Brian Kendall 3rd, both driving Charlie Sheppard boats. I had two black eyes from submarining at Chase three weeks earlier.