D.O.B – 14/05/80
Married to Katie
Family – Son William
Lives – Hingham, Norfolk
Occupation – Fishery owner and fly fishing instructor
PPJ Racing Team
VW Beetle Turbo RWD
Hewland DG300 5 speed gearbox
Custom “A frame” suspension all round
AP Racing brakes
A VW Beetle 1303S manufactured in 1974, it was converted for rallycross in 1982 by Peter Harrold, originally in 2wd format. 4 wheel drive was added in 1989 with the car’s greatest success coming at Lydden in 1992 with an outright victory. It was converted back to 2 wheel drive in 1997 and Peter gave the car it’s last competitive outing in 1998 at Lydden.
Peter passed away in 2003. After sitting in the workshop for the last few years It was decided that the car be rebuilt specifically for the Ripla Retro Rallycross Challenge with Peter’s nephew James at the wheel.
Having been involved in Rallycross from a very young age with his father Paul and uncle Peter, James started rallycross himself in 2002 competing in the British Stockhatch Rallycross championship driving a self built Peugeot 205 GTI.
In 2003 the team decided on a full 10 round race season and after round 9 at Blyton James was the Stockhatch Rallycross champion in his first full season of the sport.
James took a break from Rallycross to concentrate on work commitments and starting his own business.
The Rallycross bug had never really gone away and so it was when Shirley Gibson starting planning the Retro Rallycross Challenge that coincided with the team starting to think about using Peter’s Iconic and totally unique Beetle.
The car remains much the same as when it was last used by Peter in 1998. After a partial rebuild and a few improvements along the way, the car was tested at a local airfield in 2011 for the first time in over 12 years.