“I DIDNT HAVE A CLUE AT MY FIRST RACE MEETING, I TRIED TO SIGN ON IN THE MARSHALLS’ HUT.”

Alan Russell is the ‘A’ and, in fact, the ‘R’ of A&R Racing services, purveyors of tyres, oil, duct tape and anything that’s likely to break or fall off your bike over a weekend’s racing since 1993. 

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“I actually started the race service, part time, in 1993 to help fund my own racing. It wasn’t a very professional setup, I just had the awning off the side of my van with a board of racing bits and pieces for sale. If I made fifty quid I was happy, it would help pay for me to race. There weren’t many people doing it back then, I used to go to my local wholesalers on a Friday, write him a cheque for a load of kit and hope I made enough money on it at the weekend. To start with I just used to take oil, chains, sprockets, brake pads and spark plugs, then I found a local guy to cut out number stickers and got a local engineer to start making replacement footrests.

 

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