Fammily explain how they are living life in the fast lane

Andy Middlehurst in his racing attire outside the family business on Jackson Street, St Helens
Andy Middlehurst in his racing attire outside the family business on Jackson Street, St Helens

By day, he is the managing director of a successful St Helens car dealership ... but there is another side to Andy Middlehurst.

The 51-year-old is also an avid and highly-successful racing driver boasting a track record in the sport few outside the professional ranks can match.

His latest exploits have seen him score a fourth consecutive victory in the Goodwood Revival championships, a series of races for vintage motors at the famed Sussex circuit.

Driving a Lotus 25 Formula One car, the same machine which the legendary Jim Clark steered to seven wins during the 1963 Formula One World Championships, Andy took top spot on the podium in the coveted Glover Trophy race.

The race will now be broadcast on ITV4.

“It was a great fun race and we had an onboard camera fitted to the car so I can’t wait to see it on TV,” said Andy.

“It’s my fourth win in a row at Goodwood in the car and I’ve also won the last two Monaco Historic Grand Prix, too. It takes a delicate touch to drive it fast, so I’m thrilled with the results.”

Andy, who runs Middlehurst Nissan on Jackson Street, St Helens, has a stellar pedigree as both a business leader and a racing driver, with four British titles under his belt.

Such is his prowess behind the wheel, he was once among those rumoured to be The Stig on the BBC motoring show Top Gear.

Andy explains: “I started in Formula Ford racing the likes of Ayrton Senna, I was a works driver during 1992 in the BTCC with a Nissan Primera and I was also twice National Saloon Car Champion in a Nissan Skyline GT-R.”

Motorsport is definitely a family affair for the Middlehursts, with four generations of Middlehursts all having competed for chequered flag glory.

The Middlehurst racing dynasty started with Andy’s grandfather Jack Middleshurst, who was a talented speedway rider. His son (Andy’s father) made a name for himself as a race driver and Andy’s 19-year-old son, Chris, is now continuing the family tradition by carving out a reputation as one of the best Formula Renault driver 
on the circuit.

“We’re all very competitive and very fast,” added Andy. “Chris is on the formula one team Maclearn’s radar and racing formula one is his dream.”