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Sheridan Thynne

By Michaelmad, ago

Born into aristocracy, Sheridan Thynne’s interest in motorsport began brewing when a the father of a school friend – Peter Mitchell-Thomson, 2nd Baron of Selsdon – won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1949 in a Ferrari. (Where I’m from, if you had a school-friend whose dad owned a Read more…

Geoff Willis

By Michaelmad, ago

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in Engineering, Geoff joined engineering consultancy BMT whilst completing a PhD in hydrodynamic engineering. In 1987, he was invited to join the design team of the British America’s Cup Challenge team where he spent three years working on keel and hull design, Read more…

Gavin Fisher

By Michaelmad, ago

Harrow born Gavin Fisher graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire) with a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduating, he joined Ricardo Consulting Engineers, working with powertrains which he found sufficiently dull to inspire him to pursue a career in the altogether more dynamic world Read more…

Rob Smedley

By Michaelmad, ago

Born and bred in Normanby, Middlesbrough (another Northerner – Hooray!), Smedley gained a degree in Maths and Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University in preparation for a career in motorpsort. Specialising in chassis engineering, Smedley’s first role in racing car design was in 1997 with Pilbeam Racing Designs – a Lincolnshire Read more…

Dave Robson

By Michaelmad, ago

Arriving in Formula 1 at the turn of the millennium, St. John’s College Oxford graduate Dave Robson brought with him a wealth of experience in stress analysis and laboratory testing within the steel industry in his native North-East. After joining McLaren as junior stress engineer in 2000, Dave Robson tried Read more…

Sophie Ogg

By Michaelmad, ago

Having caught the racing bug, Sophie Ogg’s first foray into motorsport operations was work experience, volunteering to help out with events in order to get behind the scenes, learn about the sport and gain as many contacts in the racing world as she could, already thinking about potential careers in Read more…

Dickie Stanford

By Michaelmad, ago

Born in 1956, Dickie Stanford grew up in Swindon and was first attracted to Formula 1 when he attended the 1968 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch aged 12. On leaving school, Stanford worked for MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries), where he was responsible for stockpiling food in Read more…

Ginny Williams

By Michaelmad, ago

Lady Virginia Williams (nee Virginia Berry) met Frank Williams – then a wheeler dealer wannabe Grand Prix team owner in 1967 when she was working as a receptionist in London. ‘Ginny’ as she was better known bought into her then boyfriend Frank’s racing dream from the very beginning, both figuratively Read more…

Ed Wood

By Michaelmad, ago

Following a successful career as a motorcycle mechanic working in Grand Prix motorbike racing (MOTOGP these days) & Superbikes, and then as an engineer in sportscars, Ed Wood (not to be confused with the maverick film director of the same name) decided to return to studying, first attending the University of Read more…

Dirk De Beer

By Michaelmad, ago

Having attended Grands Prix in his native South Africa, Dirk De Beer inherited his father’s love of F1 at an early age and set his sights on becoming a Formula 1 aerodynamicist. After gaining a degree in aeronautics at Imperial College, London, he joined US firm Swift Engineering, then building Indycars Read more…

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