Well, like pretty much everything else it happened by accident rather than design. I grew up watching speedway at the old Blackbird Road Stadium in the 1970s until it closed in 1983. Every Tuesday night my Father and I went. It was part of my childhood memories. When speedway returned to Leicester in 2011, my Father went and I joined him, to spend some time together remembering earlier times. As usual I couldn't just watch
Back in 2011, returning to speedway I wanted to get closer to the action after being involved in Road Racing for so many years I didn't want to just be watching from the side lines. I figured I would be best served by sponsoring a rider or two, and getting involved that way to see what help I could provide.
I'd spoke briefly with a couple of riders, and then contacted a young rider who's "never give up" attitude impressed me, Charles Wright. We met a week later at my workshop and talked about what I may or may not be able to do to help him progress. And so began a long and enjoyable journey.
My early involvement soon progressed from buying some much needed parts to helping as a mechanic at meetings. Charles also had some ideas of his own as to some parts I could make with the skillset I had.
I started making parts for Charles as much out of interest in a new sport as to what could be done more than whether they were essential. For me, It was a breath of fresh air in that respect, and I soon started travelling the length and breadth of the country as mechanic whenever I was available.
Since those early days, I've found myself making parts for and indeed being a mechanic for anyone from World Champions to amateur riders and juniors. Some parts have been my ideas, some have been from their suggestions, but always based on how can we make something better, stronger or lighter or even easier to maintain and improve reliability.