He held a Ph.D. in Physics and had a distinguished academic and motorsport career. His first love was motorcycles and whilst he was still at university he built a radical Yamaha TZ750A with an aerofoil. As a result, the controlling body (New Zealand Auto-Cycle Union) banned the use of aerodynamic aids in motorcycle racing. He won the Arai 500 endurance race at Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, Australia in 1982 and 1985, as well as NZ titles on NZ-built McIntosh Suzukis.
World Rally Championship results
Other International Rally results
|2||1981||Motogard of Rally New Zealand||Alan Mitchell||Ford Escort RS1800|
|2||1988||Rally Australia (APRC)||Possum Bourne||Subaru RX Turbo|
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