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This shows the clutch and overdrive controls in the LHD MGB manufactured specifically for my use.

Please see the section on Adaptability concerning the twin accelerator installed so I could use an accelorater on the left but a right hand pedal could be pulled down if any normal person wanted to drive it..

Notice on the steering wheel a ball is bolted to an inner spoke of the wheel and I wear an artificial hand that has, screwed into the palm, a deep cup that fits over the ball very securely but by pressure from your arm only.

The cup is not fixed on to the ball for obvious safety reasons. It has however never once jumped come off of the ball - despite flying over the chicane kerbs at Donington and Thruxton or while competing in Autocross events!

My MGB in its original livery - white with a lightweight blue roof - Number 5. MGB and Midget racing was always very tight and exciting - this was an MG Owners Club meeting at Oulton Park.

This is a great club for real amatuer enthusiasts and I was welcomed warmly and they even modified their race rules to enable my "disabled" modifications to be accepted.

In my first year of racing I felt a real fraud winning the MGOC Novice Trophy at the age of 47. This was as a result of spending the previous 30 years, from the day I gained my driving licence, being involved in a fight with the RAC MSA whose rules prohibited disabled drivers from holding a race licence.

Immediately the rules changed I was out there.

One of my favourite circuits, Castle Combe.

That was however before they put in the whoosy chicanes after Quarry to slow the cars down on the back straight where the original slight left kink was just about flat if you were ballsy enough.

However one benefit to me of such a change was that at the meeting pictured I gained the "Driver of the Day" award for breaking the class lap record which now they have changed the circuit can`t be broken!


 

This is my MGB in torrential rain coming on the main straight of the club circuit. I thoroughly enjoyed racing in such conditions having competed in autocross on mud!

Having had to learn to walk and balance again I am certain that my feel and control in such conditions had been enhanced. Douglas Bader told me he felt that after returning to fly following his plane crash.

This race was red flagged on the next lap with standing water everywhere. We resumed after a 30 minute delay.

 

 I didn`t always follow the racing line or the rest of the pack! -the second of two spins, this one at Clearways at Brands Hatch.

After rebuilding the MGB for a stint of Historic rallying, it was back to the circuits for my hard working machine which retained its red and white rally colour scheme.

 

I was fortunate to have Martin Davey of Smart Motorsport building, maintaining and running the car within his team while taking part in Legend racing.

In retrospect this was not the most suitable car for me as you needed to be a midget with double joint limbs to enter and exit but Martin modified the door opening, the roll cage, the seat positioning and pedal positions - patience of a saint!

Why choose this class of sport? Getting off the line with a hand operated vacuum clutch always sent me back down the grid and Legends used a rolling start.

Legends also have motorbike engines and sequencial gearboxes and a steering wheel mounted push-button gear selection control was available on the market. Just as I really thought I was getting the hang of throwing one of these little cars around I entered Graham Hill bend at Brands Hatch - the seventh car to join an expensive scrap heap - three cars were written off including my own.

Hello overdraft - goodbye racing career. I did go out with a bang. Hopefully the BBC video will be loaded shortly which proves it wasn`t my fault.