October hasn’t been a very happy month. First, we lost Andrew Cowan, and then only a couple of weeks later Russell Brookes passed away. Both were very influential in my motor sport career. Cowan was the first rally driver I had any awareness of. It was at the time of the London – Sydney Marathon of 1968, huge news at the time, with massive press coverage and nightly TV reports. I was at school then, and it caught the imagination of every schoolboy in the land, me included.
All my pals and I had no doubt that we would take part in the event in years to come, and we all had our own ideal car already sorted, although I don’t recall a Hillman Hunter featuring highly! Well, of all that group who were so sure then they were going to go rallying, only one actually did. And it took me 43 years to get my first win!
As well as being a damned fine rally driver, Andrew Cowan went on to achieve huge success as a team manager, particularly with Mitsubishi, but to me he will always be the Marathon Man who kicked off my interest all those year ago.
Quote of the month
Stirling Moss, writing about the Beatles in the TV Times: "Haven't they been rather over-exposed to the public?"
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