I started out delving into the world of motorsport at around 11 years old, initially racing in Ministox, which at 11 years old, was pretty good fun! By the age of 13 I had built my very own mini engine to race. It was very successful and I won my fair share of trophies and championships.
I started my first apprenticeship with A10 Performance Centre who specialised in Porsche and Ferraris… quite a world away from the mini engines I’d built over the last few years. The apprenticeship was awesome, working on Supercars at such a young age gave me an even greater thirst for horsepower!
I then moved to Perfect Touch Performance where I really started to learn the art of tuning an engine. From Nissan Skylines to Porsche 911’s I honed my skills and have become incredibly knowledgeable on the arts of tuning an engine properly.
The urge to ‘go it alone’ was too great and open my tuning garage, TR Racing, with my cousin and best friend Rob Gallagher. For many years we produced many high horsepowered engines for Nissan Skylines, Mitsubishi Evolutions, Supra’s and a wholo host of other manufacturers. Many exceeding the 1000 horsepower mark. We even held the European 4WD 1/4 mile record with a Nissan Skyline nicknamed ‘Gaijin’ (8.06seconds @176mph). Unfortunately, Rob died in a car accident back in 2009 and TR Racing closed its doors.
In late 2016 my daughter took to karting in her C50 Bambino era. I got the engine bug back after a long stint away from anything mechanical and this is how Tornado Kart Engines evolved!
Since Tornado have been building engines we have won many championships at club level, won MSUK British time trial championships with Harry Freeman in 2019, backed up with a 2nd place from Noah Baglin! This year (2021) Tornado Kart Engines driver Otis Cleary won the championship at SuperOne in the New Era class.