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
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.
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
Group B cars.