Motor Sports Association

Trials

 

Garry Preston

Lives: Lichfield, Staffs

DOB: 1959

Occupation: MD of vehicle accident repair centre

Currently competing in: Championship MSA British Car Trials

Career highlights: 2007 MSA British Car Trials Champion

What got you interested in motor sport in the first place?

A friend of my father’s used to compete and asked me if I fancied being his passenger when I was 13. I did that until I was 17 when I started driving myself. Similarly, my daughter Jo started being passenger for me when she was 13. She started driving at 15 – so had two years driving experience before taking her test, which she passed first time! It’s a great way for youngsters to start: it gives them confidence, awareness and car control, which they learn before they go on the road.

What was your first car and how much did it cost you?

It was a Mini and I bought it as a half-share with a pal for a couple of hundred quid each. We took turns to drive and you can still do that today.

What tips would you pass onto someone who wants to start competing?

Get involved in any way you can, even if it’s helping someone else to prepare their car or whatever. Helping out gives people that extra push and fires them up to try it out. It soon makes you realise it is ‘do-able’.

Are you a member of a motor club and how long for?

Owen MC for nearly 40 years. It’s invaluable. You can start out marshalling or helping out at grass roots and get started in things like autotests, autosolos, trials and so on.

Why would you recommend taking up motor sport?

The competition element is great and as you get older you really start to enjoy the social side. It teaches people to help one another and it brings people out of their shell.