Caterham needed to have a crossflow engine

In 1986, when I was just twenty years old and not very smart, I was driving the Caterham Super Sprint on a race track. It was only the second time in my life that I was on a race track, but my attitude didn’t reflect that at all. I was driving on Goodwood, that’s not very forgiving, and unfortunately, some of my friends were watching the race.

At the end of the first lap, I thought why not show my mate what I and my car are capable of doing full. I decided to rivers into an earth bank, that didn’t end well and the car got damaged greatly. I was forced to wear a helmet before the race and if it wasn’t for it, I could have suffered serious damages too.

It’s been 33 years since that happened and even though during this period, I have not owned another Caterham, raced another model, and driven hundreds of vehicles, I can’t get it out of my head; for me, it’s an unfinished business.

It was an amazing experience to drive that car and it reminded me how good it is when a car looks right and behaves in the right way as well, so much so that you don’t even care how quick it is. But, I got it just for a short time and I had to give it up and I didn’t like it.

I have learned from that experience that the thing that I like the most in cars is a machine that has been built with a specific purpose and it fulfills it better than any other vehicle. I didn’t want anyone to take Caterham from me again, and the only way to ensure that was to purchase it.

But this doesn’t mean that I was just going to purchase any old model. I had to get a model that would let me finish the business that I couldn’t complete 36 years ago. For a model to serve that purpose, it needed to have a Crossflow engine. I was able to find such a model after looking here and there.