Born: Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
Lives: Somerset West, Cape, South Africa
Status: Married to Margaret, son James (UK) and daughter, Sarah (Aus)
Occupation: Semi-retired freelance motoring journalist
Hobbies: Anything mechanised or electronic-related
From the age of seven, and with the aid of numerous cushions, Richard starting driving on his dad’s 45-acre small-holding in a 1948 Chevrolet Coupe Imp. His dental-surgeon dad was also very mechanically-minded and taught Richard everything he knew about car maintenance and about German engineering.
At least one VW has been in the family ever since 1951 and to this day, there are two Golfs in the home garage while son James has three VWs and daughter Sarah, a VW and a Skoda.
In between an obsession with motorcars, Richard spent 35 years in the same advertising agency in Harare but much of his spare time was devoted to writing about his passion for motor cars and motor sport.
He has provided a weekly motoring column in a Harare business paper for 22 years and was enrolled as a member of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists in 2000. Today, Richard freelances for various on-line and print motoring titles based in South Africa and is a regular contributor to Top Gear South Africa and to a monthly motoring mag, Motor, published out of Cape Town.
He acquired a new 911 Carrera Sport in 1989 and in the absence of any dealership in Zimbabwe, he fully maintained this car over 19 years of most happy ownership. Adjusting valve clearances was not his favourite task, though!
His passion for Porsches was nurtured at a young age and accounts for why he has attended no fewer than 25 Le Mans 24 Hour events and numerous endurance races from Spa to Road Atlanta. The presence of Porsches in the field was the lure but in a related field, so too was Michael Schumacher which accounts for why Richard has attended 20 F1 races but none since MS left Ferrari at the end of 2006.