Neil Bainbridge has racing fuel coursing through his veins - here is a potted history of how BS Motorsport developed:
Having carried out his first Racing Debut at Harwood House at the age of 12 [No Hydrocarbon Fuel Involved] a Down Hill Soap Box Derby - a real race, after finishing in second place and losing the Navigator [ Big Brother Mike ] the cornering G-Force’s were just too much for him! At 14 he had progressed to ripping up grass with a strange but purposeful hand built machine, the talent and ingenuity starting to come out at an early age.
Porsche Production racing came into play after moving from the Lake District in the North of England to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Having prepared a original 1973 Carrera RS Lwt for Chester Wedgwood the sponsor of the then ‘Giroflex’ Porsche Production Championship, the car to be raced by its owner Chester himself and to be used as the press car, the outcome of this led to Neil racing the car for the owner, and also co-driving in the two driver races with the well-known Journalists Tony Dron, Tiff Needell, Gavin Green, After several years and numerous wins in the RS Lwt it was time to turn to the more serious machinery.
After a single phone call, the offer of preparing and looking after a 3.0 RSR was too much to resist, it was on a ‘everyone should have one basis’ after preparing the car the owner Gideon Hudson had a host of successes with the car, his only mistake was to ask Neil if he would like to drive! There was no looking back from this point on, Neil was driving faster and the thirst for speed took over, with all the successes in the late 80s with his cars it led to a legend arriving in the stable, the 935K3 this was too much to resist - its owner John Goate had Neil prepare the car and then the fun was to begin, Neil just could not resist the thought of 750bhp and his set-up skills meant that he was to get himself in the driving seat - in fact he was to carry on as test driver for John & Gideon for several years.
In 1990 Gideon commissioned a new car to be built, using the development from the RSR a new car was born the RSR Turbo was built/tested and the first race weekend was a double victory for Neil and the Team. Neil campaigned this car for several years beating the best of the 935s in the UK, in 91/92 the car was used in the Porsche Ferrari challenge in Zandvoort/Zolder by Klaus Zwarts it was the first serious Porsche Turbo to be used in the series, after beating the F40s and causing a lot of distress it was time to come home to race in the UK again. Racing carried on with Neil up until 1994 when he suffered a near fatal motorcycle accident putting him in hospital for over 11 months - with him finally having his arm amputated in 2004, but the will to survive and the thought of motorsport – engines and development has kept him going.
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