Phil Wicks' Racing Resume

1947

Rode pillion with father on Norton 500

1954

Owned first bike:  Francis Barnett with Villier 197cc engine

1955

Started building own race bikes:   mostly Triumph-based.
Started riding race practice days at Brands Hatch, Kent, England.
Received help and encouragement from John Surtees.

1957

Track bike BSA Gold Star B34 500cc

1958

Track bike 1953 Ex-works Isle of Man TT Racer Matchless G45, 500cc

1960

Started racing cars: Austin-Healy Sprites

1962

Started racing in Europe Lightweight Sebring Sprite

Mini Years

1960

850 Mini Austin:  modified engine, suspension, brakes and exhaust for open track days at Brands Hatch

1961

997 Mini Cooper:  more extensive development and lightening of car.Lap times at Brands Hatch more competitive, attained pole position in first race at Brands Hatch. Raced full season and attained national and international license. Now able to race in continental Europe.

First race Nurburgring 6-Hour European Touring Car Championship. Offered works drive for Radbourne Racing, owned and run by John and Jeffrey Anstead who were very well established international race car specialists. Together we developed 'A' series BMC engined cars including Mini Cooper MG, Austin Healey Sprites, and Formula Junior engines for Ken Tyrrell driven by Jackie Stewart.

1962

Works sponsored Austin Mini Cooper

1963

Started driving as development engineer for Taurus Performance Tuning, a race and road car preparation company specializing race prep on clients' cars as well as entering full BMC supported Mini Cooper 'S' 1071cc, for Britain National Championship and 999cc 'S' for European Touring Car Championship. Taurus also prepared and maintained various cars for British TV shows including the first ever made Mini Cooper 'S' 'Hop 731' for the Danger Man TV series which I was asked to drive occasionally.

1964

Works driver for Fiat Abarth

1966

Built and developed first ever lightweight 850 Cooper 'S' This car won every race it started and established several lap records. This was the prototype 'instant' Mini racer sold to clients to compete in Open Class Group 3 Saloon Car Championship.

1960 - 1975

Various co-drives in long distance classics; Stunt driving in British TV Films; Coordinating and instructing stunt drivers in various movies

1967

Test driver and engineer in Italy for Lamborghini

1968

Started Lamborghini U.K. with partners

1970 - 19 80

Raced off-shore power boats in Europe

1970

Sponsored and occasionally drove 'Spiders Nightclub' Ford Escort saloon car with Brabham Formula 2 Grand Prix car chasis and Cosworth BDA engine. This was the fastest saloon car in England, winning every race entered.

1976

Outright winner of Putney (England) to Calais (France) off-shore race

1971

Moved to Florida; imported European classic cars, had restoration shop, and Rolls Royce Classic Limousine service

1983 - Present

Guest instructor at various racetracks in United States with BMW, Porsche, Audi, SCCA; Guest speaker at various clubs (including Sebring and Daytona)

1996 - 1998

Team manager for Yamaha Grand Prix 250 cc race team, won national title

Total 48 years riding experience and 46 years racing bikes and cars

Tracks

England

Brands Hatch, Lyden Hill, Silverstone, Snetterton, Mallory Park,
Aulton Park, Aintree, Goodwood, Castle Coomb 3

Europe

Le Mans, Nurburgring, Spa (Belgium), Clemond Feront, Muggelo,
Monza,  Zandvort, Monaco, Zolder, Karlskoga

South Africa

Kylami Ranch (Johannesburg)

USA

Sebring, Daytona, Morosso, Homestead, Roebling Road,
Putnam Park, Blackhawk Farms, Gateway International

Bikes on Racetracks

Developing and testing, track days, and instruction, Triumph, Norton, BSA Matchless, Yamaha, Honda
(Current track bikes are Honda RC51 Joey Dunlop TT Isle of Man replica and Kawasaki 250 KX Motorcross)

Cars on Racetracks

Building, development, and competition , Austin Healey, MG, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Abarth, Lotus,Ferrari, Mercedes, AC Cobra, Ford Mustang, Ford Falcon, Ford GT 40, TVR, Diva, Marcos

Co-drivers

John Anstead, William Kelly, Roy Salvadori, Alain Decadenet

Road Tests

Road and track tested Lamborghini with Stirling Moss, Juan Manual Fangio, Graham Hill