Motoring Interests & Career
My love affair with motorsport began when my father took our family to Mount Druitt in 1955 by steam train. I was four years old. After this amazing experience I read anything on motor racing I could find and eight years later began collecting motor racing books.
In 1977 my brother raced karts with the Sydney Kart Racing Club, but I quickly learned that my severe motion sickness prevented me from joining him. My desire to be involved meant I soon found myself heavily immersed in karting administration. Over the next 15 years I worked as treasurer, clerk of the course and became a NSW Karting Council member.
In 1987 I was an internal auditor at the Caltex oil refinery when the marketing manager decided to sponsor the Alfa Romeo 75 Group A touring car driven by Colin Bond. This, I dreamed, might be a way out of bean counting. My suggestions were so positively received I was soon working in the marketing department looking after motorsport promotions and the marketing budget.
Over the next five years the Caltex race team achieved some success with the Alfa and later Ford Sierras, including third place in the 1988 Bathurst 1000 and two Australian Touring Car Championship round wins in 1990.
In June 1990 I answered an advertisement in Auto Action magazine for a motor racing administrator. No details were given other than the position was in Sydney. I was offered the Race Operations Manager job with the Australian Racing Drivers Club based at Amaroo Park Raceway. I stayed for 24 years until I retired in 2014.