Here at OPM we are proud of our team, their qualities, skills and qualifications make them great at what they do every day – But it is their passion that makes them the best at what they do.

OPM are proud to share an interest and support the passion behind our people.

And so would like to share that passion with you ….

 

Our Personal Motivation – Jamie’s Passion

By Jamie Hyde | OPM Group Technical Manager

 

Motorsport is my passion

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Cars and trucks have been a huge part of my life from as far back as I can remember, childcare in the 70s hadn’t been invented so I had to go to work with my Dad, he was an owner / driver of a concrete mixer. Getting up early and spending all day in the truck was something I really enjoyed.

Spending time at work with my Dad didn’t just mean being a passenger in the truck, I had to work too, washing the truck, helping with the maintenance and of course making tea and coffee but the best part was driving the car around the yard simply because you could, health and safety was next to none existent.

The car I was taught to drive in was a series 3 Land Rover, slow and easy to drive as it was impossible to stall the engine, once the basics were learnt I was allowed to drive unaccompanied around the yard, perfecting my skills, this is what has lead to my passion for motorsport. On the odd occasion the Land Rover would be left at home and my Dad would go to the yard in our other car, an Alfa Romeo, which, you’ve guessed it, I would drive this around the yard too, usually at greater speed than the Land Rover and usually having near misses with buildings whilst trying to be like Juha Kankkunnen hand skidding around hair pin bends or doing a rally style count down start and screeching the tyres off the Alfa. The highlight of my underage driving history was to eventually drive the truck when I was 11 years old.

The vehicles I learnt to drive in.
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My earliest memories of motorsport was following the Lombard RAC Rally, chasing around the country in a car, walking miles into the forests and stately homes to watch fantastic machines being driven at great speed and with great accuracy along forest tracks or through straw bales on roads through Chatsworth House. Featuring Ford Escorts, Opel Asconas and even a big Rover SD1, then came the Audi Quattro, this changed everything in rallying and from this came group B, Peugeot 205 T16, Audi Quattro S2, Lancia Delta S4, Metro 6R4, Ford RS200 which were all four wheel drive and 450hp or more, unfortunately Group B was short lived after many accidents that were fatal, for drivers and spectators!

Classic Escort MK2
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Group B cars.
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Jump forward to 2011. The Spectator, became The Driver. I took our family hot hatch to Oulton Park for a track day, it was a great day and lead to buying a dedicated track day car. We set about improving its handling and power output with my son, all the excess weight was removed, the suspension was changed and we added a turbo charger for increased power. We had the Golf for three years before my son went to University, I sold the track car in favour of a stage rally car, a sport I had been fascinated with as a youth, the car I bought was a 1986 205 GTI.

The Wife’s hot hatch at Oulton Park
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Golf V6 4Motion Turbo – Track car
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After the Golf was sold I had to pass a test to get an MSA licence, buy a car, find a navigator and then find an event to enter my first rally.

Used 205GTI – it had been raced and rallied may.
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Weeton near Blackpool was the venue for our first ever event, up early again but not to watch this time, I was going to be watched. To say I was nervous was an understatement, dry mouth, cold sweats and mild panic is putting it mildly but before I knew it I am on the start line looking at the count down clock, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go go go go! The rev counter is hitting 7,000rpm, the tyres are squealing and my navigator is shouting out pace notes, oh my god it was overwhelming, competitive motorsport, so different from anything I had ever done before. Our plan was to achieve a finish even if that was dead last, as the saying goes “To finish first, first you have to finish”. Imagine our surprise after a long day full of thrills and spills to found out that we had finished 3rd in class from 9 cars and 21st overall from 63 entrants, not bad for a newbie.
 
Numerous other events have been entered since but I am yet to finish first in class or the overall event.

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I have gone from being the spectator to the competitor, maybe my story can be inspiration for you to have a go at something you have always wanted to do?