Born to Les & Ruth on 30th August 1937 at Auckland, New Zealand, I was the second child in the family. Dad had invested in a service station in Remuera late 1936, after driving petrol tankers for the Texaco/Caltex Oil Co. My younger years were spent learning to broadside around shop corners on two wheels of my tricycle becoming a pest, borrowing mechanics spanners, etc. just when they needed them to repair my “racing machine”.
We moved to 8 Upland Road approximately 1946 and it was there that we found that, owing to a fall, I had developed Perthes Disease (a hip joint problem), so I left Meadowbank School in 1948 and spent the next two years in the Wilson Home in Takapuna on a Bradford Frame – had many unofficial races there (see “From The Cockpit”).
My family came across on the Vehicular Ferry every weekend from the city. Dad used to say “I have just about brought this Ferry boat” then at the end of 1950 I was allowed to go home on crutches.