The house at the centre of my social circle when I lived in Manchester a while back was owned by the son of Ron Hickman, the South African engineer and inventor who made his fortune with what became the Black & Decker Workmate. Off the back of that, he was set for life and moved to Jersey, passing mention of Hickman senior’s previous work at Lotus cropping up once or twice in the house but not something I really took in at the time.
Dan Trent: Lotus Elite – when they got it right first time
Exposure to a Performance Car review of the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV at an impressionable age set Dan Trent on course for a life-long obsession with cars. Immersion in the world of used car temptation with a spell as editor of PistonHeads.com only sealed the deal, compulsive online tyre-kicking now a daily ritual. He’s still some way off that Countach though.