From the first moment I first paddled down the lane on a repaired abandoned Vespa in '68, I was hooked on the internal combustion engine. Next came an NSU Quickly with scored chrome plated cylinder and then a Triumph Tiger Cub Sports, bought for £7.00 pounds as a combined Christmas and birthday present. Pushing that non-runner seven miles home was a labour of pure love and as a fourteen year old I couldn't have been prouder. Many lessons were learned with that fine little bike, on which I eventually passed my test and reached the dizzy speeds of some 75 mph (after following the tuning advice issued by Triumph themselves). That was the start of a lifelong enjoyment of Coventry-made vehicles, working through the whole Triumph range and nowadays encompassing Jaguars too.
Along the way, countless other British bikes have been used, abused, rebuilt and raced and those skills have transferred nicely over to Jaguars, from multiple E-types, two D-type replicas (with a third on the way) and all shades of XJ and XJ-S from early to late. My business is pharmaceutical and medical writing, so extending my hobby interest into writing about bikes and cars for magazines, and now Veloce Books, has been a real pleasure. If any of my writing brings a smile to your face or helps you enjoy the classic vehicle hobby, then I'll regard the work as having been well worthwhile. Have fun!