Fourth in our list of drivers for 2020 is Clive Chisnall racing in the Mk1 Championship as No.74.
Clive is starting his fifth season of racing. Prior to racing Mazdas he’d had no real exposure to racing apart from an interest in Fast Cars. Clive retired from being a Senior Partner in a Bolton firm of Chartered Accountants two years ago.
He is on his second car in the Championship which has provenance being my Championship winning car from the 2015 season (although it was purple then). The car still feels great and I love to give it a few laps on a Test or Track Day with the team.
We gave Clive the nickname “Velcro” and we’ve even heard the commentators at the tracks using it! It comes from when he first turned up to race Mazdas with his first Mk1 he had made a rain cover for transporting using huge amounts of Velcro and the name has stuck (excuse the pun) since then!
Now Clive has retired and has a motorhome it does mean he can have a nap between sessions so he’s always on top form!
His high point of last season was finishing 4th in the Masters Championship. Clive hit 60 last year so it shows a late start to racing can still have success. His low point was a collision at Cadwell Park bringing a DNF and no points.
Clive’s ambitions for this season are to qualify in the A group each weekend and to go one better and finish 3rd in the Masters Championship.
His favourite track is Anglesey having had success there and in 2019 taking part in the Race of Remembrance.
74 is not, as some would suggest, Clive’s age but relates to him being an accountant and “cheap”. His first MX5 was already stickered up as 74 when he bought it so he thought why change it!