5 Minute Interview: Ed Neachell #321

Full Name: Edward Neachell

Nickname: Teddy

Personal Road Car(s): Range Rover Sport but I go everywhere in my trusted Transit Connect

Dream Personal Car: Rolls Royce Phantom

Favourite Music Group: Manic Street Preachers

Favourite TV Show: Pawn stars (Not that kind, its about a shop in America)

Favourite Sports Team: Probably Red Bull racing, I like watching Andy Murray but I don’t like his haircut

Superstitions at the Race Track / Garage: I like to have my car loaded on the truck by Friday night so I can go for a pint after work, it never usually is though. I used to have a pair of boxers that I wore but I don’t know what happened to them. They weren’t lucky just comfy.

If you could change one thing in racing, What would you change: I try and keep away from the politics of the job, I went to the AGM this year (2012) and thought some of the ideas were frightening. I would like to race at Scunthorpe again though.

What is the most underrated thing in racing: The whole sport in general is underrated, the recent TV coverage can only be a good thing. I like the way fans and the crews can mingle, you don’t get that in many other motorsports. There are many loyal supporters who’s faces I recognise most weeks, its very humbling. You can’t beat the feeling of the atmosphere on the way home on the truck after a good nights racing.

What is the most annoying thing in racing: Damage, I don’t mind doing steel work etc, I hate clutches, gearboxes, diffs and straightening axles. I’m not keen on building up and stripping tyres, and getting the stagger right is a pain in the arse but is very important to get somewhere right.

Years Racing: Started racing F1s in 2004

Final Wins: 3 final wins, one was the World Masters, also won the Ben Fund trophy, I was very pleased with myself.

Most memorable racing moment: I don’t remember it that well but finishing runner up in the world final in my first year was pretty special. Have been on a lot of social nights out with other drivers, we have had some brilliant times outside of racing. I have made some really good friends through the sport.

Future racing plans: Just to carry on and do as many meetings as I can, as long as I still enjoy it I will still go. I’d like to think I have a good few years left in me although when I see 16 year olds coming into the sport it makes me feel old, being too old for the under 25s race isn’t the best feeling in the world either.

If you weren’t racing you’d do be doing what: If I didn’t race I would probably get a deck chair, a jacket and hat covered in stockcar badges and a clipboard and become a dedicated fan. I couldn’t imagine not racing to be honest because myself my wife and family all enjoy it so much. Its hard work so we all equally enjoy the winter break. We are ready to go again by the end of March.

Racing Idols: When I started watching stockcars in about 1998-9 I used to love watching FWJ in his low ride rapid orange tarmac car, that was awesome. I liked Andy Smith’s purple car, the one with traffic lights painted on the side.

Favourite Track: Living in the Midlands works well for stockcars, I’m not more than 2 hours from many tracks, my favourite is probably Birmingham, we always stop for a curry on the way home. I used to do the best on tarmac but I think my shale form is improving with my new car.

Engine Builder: Hi spec race engines supplies and maintains my engines, I’m very happy with his work

Chassis Builder: Ray Witts builds my chassis for both surfaces, he is very clever and builds a good strong fast car, I cant fault my tackle its just down to my driving and a bit of luck.

Team / Crew members: I have some good help at meetings, there is Andy, Matt, Fat Tony, Al, I always appreciate any help I can get as its a lot to ask for someone to give up most of their weekends to help me out.

Sponsors: National Paintball Fields – Hi Spec race engines – Wasted skips and grabs – Dave Bastock – Trade tyres – DR Alloys – Sign FX does my sign writing.

I have enjoyed answering these questions and hope you enjoy reading them, I always enjoy a chat at the back of my truck at meetings, Thanks Ed

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