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Budget eBay Bargain hits the Track!
Wiltshire racer Max Tyler is tackling one of the toughest motor races in the UK – at the wheel of a bargain Porsche he bought for £160 on eBay!
Max, who runs Racewear Ltd selling racing drivers’ clothing worldwide from offices in the Wiltshire village, originally bought the 1980 Porsche 924 as spares but then decided to have a go at building it into a racing car. It is now entered into the 360 Motor Racing Club’s demanding 6 hour race at Snetterton in Norfolk on 6th May, racing against a variety of historic racing saloons and sports cars from Mini to Aston Martin.
“When the car arrived it had a smashed windscreen, mismatched doors, wouldn’t run properly and smelt like an old Labrador inside” he says. “But I could see there was potential, and perversely I wanted to prove that you can take part in quality motor racing for much less money than people think.”
The rebuild has taken eighteen months, and now the car is raring to go next weekend. Max has two co-drivers sharing race costs and has financed the build of the car personally.
“From the very beginning I set out to prove that a racing car is in the reach of everyone so I was determined to build it with money I had generated outside of the ‘day job’. By the end of the first month, I was in profit over the original cost by selling parts from the car on eBay and it’s continued like that! The fact that I can say ‘I’ve got a Porsche’ is an added bonus, and I do forget to mention it only cost £160!”
Max is not expecting overall honours but is looking for a good class position in the race. “It’s not a terribly quick car in absolute terms, but it’s a big, comfy old beast and if the famous German reliability sees us driving round and round for six hours we’ll be in with a shout at the end!” he comments.
“Project 160 for the 360” as it has been dubbed will make its race debut next weekend.
ENDS – 25th April 2012
Notes for editors:
1. Further information from Max Tyler, 08452 604104 (day) or 07775 834341 (eve)
2. Photographs available
3. The 360 MRC Snetterton 6 Hour race is for saloon and sports cars over 21 years of age and takes place annually at the famous race circuit in Norfolk, attracting entries from all over the UK
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