Formula 1 was my thing, and I’d been following it since 1976, the year Lauda had his accident, and Hunt won the Championship.
I visited about 10 Grands Prix in Europe in the late 70s and early 80s, went to Brands Hatch, Zolder, Dyon, Silverstone, Zandvoort, and Hockenheim, but the closest I ever got to a driver was when Jody Scheckter nearly ran me over on a Honda Monkey Bike going into the Zandvoort Circuit. Even back then, you couldn’t get close to the cars or drivers.
Going to the rally in Perth in 2002 was an eye opener for me, and getting close to those guys was completely new to me.
I managed to get a few autographs that year and a new hobby was born that turned into a bit of an obsession…
I bought a Scalextric set for my kids, and started visiting hobby shops to get more cars, and started buying multiple sets of WRC cars – one for the track and one for my collection.
Then eBay came along and I started collecting from all over the world.