Like most of us, sometimes I wonder how I’d choose to earn my living if I had my time again and couldn’t do what I already do. And once I’ve got past ‘racing driver’ it’s always the same occupation I settle upon: I’d be a chassis engineer. Except I wouldn’t, because these people all come with first class degrees from first class universities in first class science-based subjects, whereas I never even got to a Uni. Even so, I think I’d enjoy most aspects of the life, and the process of working in a team of talented people, honing the rawest of raw materials into something fit for sale to the general public.
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Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.