I never actually rode the BSA Bantam on the roads. I hadn’t yet passed my bike test, but I thought it would be a piece of cake, so I sold the Bantam and bought a Triumph Bonneville. It was in pretty good shape and just needed some cosmetics to get it ready for the road.

I had visions of myself cruising along the country lanes in Hampshire on a sunny morning. The reality was that when I went to do my basic training, I was useless on 2 wheels, and I realised that I was too old to get into motorbikes, and I was better suited to 4 wheels. So the Bonneville was sold and I started to wonder whether I should have a final crack at another racing car.