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He had a rather more unflattering nickname when he burst onto the F1 scene way back in 1983, but it wasn’t long before Ian Higgins became known as Captain Chaos. After being mechanic for Alex McDade, Ian bought Alex’s car and had a go himself. Frankie Wainman Senior apparently convinced Ian’s dad that because a driver got start money plus four free admissions, then going racing was effectively cheaper than spectating!

After a few seasons of racing in a style that befitted his Captain Chaos nickname, it all came good one Friday night at Bradford in September 1987, when Ian raced to a heat and final double.

Ian’s biggest win came in 1988, when he won the World Championship Semi-Final at Crewe, overtaking the then untouchable John Lund in the closing stages. Ever the showman, while everyone else was taking the World Final very seriously, Ian came out for the parade lap of the World Final sporting giant Kenny Everett style hands, much to the amusement of the crowd.

After 20 years of not always serious competition, including 5 finals and a grading as Super Star, Ian called it a day in 2003 when changes to the tarmac scene left him with the choice of either spending a lot of money to remain competitive, or retire and spent more time with his young family.

Ian went on to get involved with the up and coming StoxKart formula, and is currently taking it from strength to strength.

The F1 bug never really went away though, and Ian returned to the tracks in 2013 for one final season, and this time with a full Captain Chaos outfit and cape.

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