D.O.B – 14/05/80
Married to Katie
Family – Son William, Daughter Rosa
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
This 1974 1303S was converted for rallycross by the late Peter Harrold in 1982. 4WD was added in 1989 and in the capable hands of Peter Harrold, who’s greatest success was outright victory at Lydden Hill in 1992, was raced until his retirement from the sport in 1989, but by this time the VW had been taken back to its original 2wd configuration.
Following the death of Peter in 2003 the car, which had been sitting under wraps in the workshops for a few years, was restored by the Harrold team for use in the Retro Rallycross Challenge.
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. Following which a break was taken from Rallycross to concentrate on work commitments and starting his own business; Rocklands Mere Fishery in Norfolk.
The introduction of Retro Ralycross provided the perfect incentive for getting the Beetle back out on track, with James at the wheel. Success came easily as James amassed a fan base that included F1’s Jenson Button. When Button pursued the idea of making a programme to feature his late Father’s rallycross exploits it was the Harrold’s Beetle that was chosen for the project.
Very fitting since John Button and Peter Harrold were fellow competitors and friends during their racing careers and racing similar Beetles. The feature was filmed by the BBC and broadcast as part of the 2015 F1 Russian Grand Prix and can be found on the Retro Rallycross YouTube channel.