Phil Wicks' Racing Resume


Rode pillion with father on Norton 500


Owned first bike:  Francis Barnett with Villier 197cc engine


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.


Track bike BSA Gold Star B34 500cc


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


Started racing cars: Austin-Healy Sprites


Started racing in Europe Lightweight Sebring Sprite



Mini Years



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


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.


Works sponsored Austin Mini Cooper


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.


Works driver for Fiat Abarth


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


Test driver and engineer in Italy for Lamborghini


Started Lamborghini U.K. with partners

1970 - 19 80

Raced off-shore power boats in Europe


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.


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


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






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


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

South Africa

Kylami Ranch (Johannesburg)


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


John Anstead, William Kelly, Roy Salvadori, Alain Decadenet

Road Tests

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