A motoring-mad family from Earlston are racing up to Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday as one of their members looks to make his mark on home territory.
Paul Ford, 34, will contest the 2014 Scot Steel Buildings BriSCA F1 Scottish Championship and round 16 of the World qualifiers on his home track.
Father-of-two Paul began his stock car career racing Ministox and had no less than 160 top-three finishes. His most successful season was in 1995 where his achievements included Open Scottish Champion and National Points Champion.
Paul also received an award from Earlston Community Council for his achievements in Ministox racing – a feat he puts down to “the commitment and preparation of the Ford Racing Team”.
In 1995, Paul, who works for Hendersons Grass Machinery in Selkirk, moved up to the Formula II section and is now halfway through his first season in the top FI category, although he admits success does not come cheap.
“It takes about every spare penny we have,” said Paul, who travels the country in a customised bus which houses his car, along with sleeping and eating accommodation.
“We get bits and pieces of sponsorship which helps a lot. Prize money is quite decent, but you will only get back about a quarter of what you spend in a good season. I never did it for the money – it’s for the enjoyment and I still enjoy it now as much as I ever did.”
Paul’s father, Ronnie, has been involved in various aspects of motor sports for 25 years, including rallying and Formula II stock car racing.
Younger brother Douglas, 27, has also successfully progressed through Ministox and Formula II racing, while little sister Lauren, 10, has just started competing in the Junior MicroF2’s section. Lauren, who participates alongside junior boys, has won three out of five of her races so far and is looking to emulate the success of her elder siblings.
“The cars look a bit like ninja cars, but they are great to race and, hopefully, one day I can get up to the same standards as Douglas and Paul – and then beat them,” she told us.
Racing at Cowdenbeath gets under way at 6pm on Saturday evening and World Qualifying action continues at Lochgelly on Sunday (noon).