The UK's Original 4-stroke National Outdoor Rental Kart Championship - Established 1996

Nick Staveley Stanley

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Joined Jul 25 2010
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65 years old
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I have been involved directly and indirectly with motorsport since 1955. Then, as a very small boy I was introduced to F1 via my grandfather, Benjamin Dugmore, who worked for Walter Hassan's design team at Coventry Climax Racing Engines. Hassan was, at that time, a key figure in F1 - his engines powering Lotus Climax, Brabham Climax and many more F1 winning engines. I think that it was about 1960 when Coventry Climax engines powered the first six places at the Belgium GP at Spa!

As a teenager I often helped my uncle, Ernie Dugmore, who hand-built (re-built, modified and balanced) mainly Mini-Cooper racing engines. Ernie's engines powered "Jumping" Jeff Williamson to several years of Championship victories in the BBC's first regularly covered motorsport event: "Motorcross". Murray Walker's famous quote came from this series: "He's only got to get around the last corner to win. Oh no! He's spun off!"

I have raced in 12 different formulas (the last being 130mph gearbox karts that I built in my late uncle's workshop) and always wanted racing to be less elitist (less costly) and more accessable to the huge amount of racing talent who never have enough disposable income or sponsorship to enable them to compete.

That's why I created COVKARTSPORT!

I have seen many of the famous British racing drivers developing through karts, motorcycles and the junior single-seat formulas: Nigel Mansell, Johnny Herbert, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton and I have raced at some of the same events as Jenson and Lewis.

My favourite drivers were Stirling Moss, John Surteees, Graham Hill, Jimmy Clark, Jochen Rindt, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button and I have spent many pleasant times talking with Nigel, Sir Jackie and Jenson. They all had supreme talent but I believe the best was Jimmy Clark.

I can recognise that talent and if I see it at Covkartsport I will do all that I can to encourage it - the best example being Ryan Lindsay (still only 21) who, given enough sponsorship, has the talent to beat anyone - it's a rare almost indefinable quality - but Ryan has got it and he has already proved it by beating many famous contemporaries in higher motorsport!

I apologise to you all for having less involvement with Covkartsport during the last few years but this has been totally caused by my continual ill health.

I would love to race again but only time will tell.

My hopes for the future: That Covkartsport should continue successfully, that the greater majority of members will enjoy themselves, that we provide an excellent well-run and competitive stepping-stone into MSA motorsport (for those who would like to take that direction) and that we become respected and known to a much wider audience. I obviously hope and pray that no serious injuries, or worse, ever take place at a Covkartsport event - I would blame myself!

One thing that I can still do at home is decorate helmets with outdoor coloured self-adhesive vinyls. My website is:

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Reply Lakeside Karting
12:39 PM on October 18, 2012 
It really is a pleasure to be involved with Nick, i too have petrol in my veins!