As a boy of 10 or 11 growing up in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia as it was then) in the 1960’s, I used to climb up on the roof of our house, where I would be able to just make out the cars driving around the nearby Heany Racing Circuit. I could hear them better than I could see them, because they were Formula 1 cars. The big name at the time was John Love.
MY JOURNEY TO F1 REPLICA WHEELS
He later became a family friend, but at the time was the South African F1 Champion, a title he held 6 times. He was actually leading the 1967 South African Grand Prix at Kyalami in his 2.7 L Climax-engined Cooper, when a misfire prompted him to make a precautionary stop for extra fuel. He dropped back to finish second behind the works Cooper-Maserati of Pedro Rodríguez. So, it was that he became the only privateer wildcard ever to have won world championship points.
As the years passed my passion for F1 grew and although I have not yet managed to get to a World championship race, I never miss one on TV.
I have an engineering background having worked as a toolmaker for many years, and now am a design engineer designing bespoke machinery.
I was intrigued with the whole 3D printing technology and so got a machine around 2010 and started designing and making bits and bobs.
Then one day I had the idea of making something ‘Formula 1’, so I started thinking about what I could do, and seeing as I used to make steering wheels for speed boats and boy racers back in the 1980’s, I thought why not have a go at a modern F1 wheel.
So, in 2016 I modelled up the wheel for the Mercedes, that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were driving, and built it with the aid of my 3D printer. I thought it came out really well, so my lovely wife suggested that I put it on Ebay to see if there might be any interest in it. There was...
And more than 2 years later, I have now modelled various wheels and sold to over 30 countries around the world.
I look forward to making your favourite Formula 1 Replica Wheel.