The Good Old Days
The Good Old Days
Once qualified, Dave had an introduction to motor racing at Brands Hatch in 1969 and a full course of lessons at the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Snetterton. In 1976 however, an old friend persuaded Dave to buy his Lotus Formula Ford 1600 61M. The first race had Dave firmly addicted to motor racing and he spent almost every weekend of the year at one of the U.K. circuits.
1977 saw a two car team run by Dave Greenwood, contesting British Formula Vee 1300 Championship. One of the cars he drove himself, the other was piloted by Pete Bodle. Dave Greenwood became British Formula Vee 1300 Champion on the very first year he contested the Championship.
The move up to Formula Super Vee 1600 in 1978 was logical. Dave drove an Elden with an engine he built himself and managed to finish fourth overall. His expertise had not gone unnoticed and 1979 saw him in a works assisted Reynard powered by a Brabham engine. Again he was fourth overall.
The first race of the 1980 season at Silverstone Dave is driving a heavily modified Reynard chassis with the Brabham engine ........Dave is on pole position.......4.5 secs under the lap record. Dave not only won the race but succeeded in beating the European Champion John Nielson. So impressed were Cosworth Engineering that they offered Dave the contract to use their engines for the season. Dave became the 1980 British Super Vee 1600 Champion with four wins, four second places and four lap records. He also managed some of the European rounds supporting Grand Prix weekends.
By this time racing had become a major part of Dave's life and he became a Race Driver Instructor with the Jim Russell School where he himself trained teaching circuit instruction, skid control and race craft. By 1986 he was Chief Instructor and had taken over 2000 students from the basic to advanced racing techniques.
In 1987 Dave Greenwood joined the well known saloon car driver, David Sears to assist in the running of the newly formed David Sears Motorsport Formula Ford 1600 team of Pedro Chaves, Alain Menu and Cal Foster. Dave took Alain Menu to his first FF1600 race win at Silverstone. The 1987 World Cup Formula Ford Festival brought an added bonus in the form of an award for the best prepared and presented car, a prize Dave is justifiably proud.
In 1988 Dave progressed to running his own Team.
Dave fulfilled his ambition, successfully running his own team's, competing in Formula First, Multisport, Formula Ford 1600, Formula Renault and Renault Clio. He has also run the celebrity car for Renault UK, with drivers such as Rowen Atkinson, Barry "Wizzo" Williams and Damon Hill.
Although he was dragged screeming in 2004, to run a Renault 5 Turbo celebrity car for Renault UK at their celebration race meeting at Thruxton. The car used had not turned a wheel for 10 years when Dave was contacted, it had been an exibit and originally driven by Rowen Atkinson . Five days hard toil followed preparing the car. Rowen Atkinson was in the frame to drive it again but on the day it was the black stig.... Perry McCarthy who drove. Dave was rewarded with Perry dicing during practice and race with our old friend Barry Williams, eventually returning a 3rd place for Perry only because he would insist on running with his window open waving some unusual hand signals at Barry, all in good fun! not bad for an old timer (take your choice Dave, Perry, or the car, sorry Perry.)
Whats next?? Watch this space..Thank's for your time, and interest.