B's in BBR
David started motor racing 35 years ago winning his first
race at Silverstone in an Austin A35. Since then, he has
completed over 700 races and driven saloons, sports cars,
and Formula Three single seaters.
David is credited with
being the 7th most successful driver ever at
Brands Hatch and has held lap records on all UK circuits.
The record he set at Thruxton in 1989 for saloons remained
unbroken until 1995!
Having raced at virtually
all the European circuits, David also competed in a number
of 500 km and 24 hour races. The last of these was Le Mans
in 1994 when he qualified as fastest team driver and then
lead LM2 until the car was withdrawn in the early hours
of Sunday morning.
Interesting fuel consumption
statistics from this event showed that during 1.5 hour driving
stints, David used 13 litres less than one driver and 8
litres less than the other!
In the last two seasons,
David has raced successfully in the VW saloon car series
winning races and establishing new lap records.
Today he is still a very
active driver, testing numerous racing cars, remaining intensely
competitive and fit. Running 2nd and 3rd out of 40 modern
saloon cars at Hockenhiem and Silverstone this year.
David is currently an
active director of the BRDC and until recently, was a director
of the Springfield boys club with Jackie Stewart, a post
he held for 27 years.
The technical half of the duo, Ken has had a lifetime in
motor racing. He spent a number of years working for racing
teams having first served his apprenticeship at Aston Martins
Ken started his own engine
business in 1967 called Racing Services (Engines), eventually
operating at the then famous riverside premises at Twickenham.
Racing Services were responsible for most of the quick Formula
Two engines in the seventies, engines being supplied to
many famous drivers such as Graham Hill, Jodie Scheckter,
Emerson Fittipaldi, and many many more.
Away from Formula Two,
Ken's company also provided engines for David Brodie (amongst
others!) and it was then that the friendship between the
two "B's" commenced.
Ken joined David in 1983
to run the Mitsubishi works race team and became responsible
for most of the development for the chassis as well as the
engine. When Mitsubishi pulled out of motor racing, Ken
became involved in designing the many components used in
the team's successful Cosworth RS 500 Group A car. Nowadays,
Ken's energies are consumed designing and engineering the
many conversions marketed by the company an is heavily involved
in all BBR R&D work as project leader. His current
projects include the seven litre 800 BHP turbocharged Aston
Martin and would you believe supercharging and fuel injecting
a 1954 Bentley Continental. Ken likes a challenge!