Wayne started racing in 1989 in a home-built Ford Pop, entered in the Rover V8 class. The car was named ‘Born to Run’ and ran 11.50s and would often end up in the semi finals, although the finals were never reached. A lot was learnt while racing in the Rover V8 class but the car was sold complete in 1997 due to the desire to go quicker with a bigger engine.
Between 1997 and 2000 a ‘new’ car was built, again at home. This was the ex Kenny Coleman Rover 800 ‘Police Car’, which was re-bodied as a 3 Series BMW Coupe, with a small block Chevy and TH400 transmission. Over the course of one to two years this ran 10.90s in Pro ET and at numerous test days.
A 540ci Big Block Chevy then found its way into the car, producing 750hp. The huge increase in power led to 8.70 – 8.80s ETs at 154mph. The car competed in Super Pro ET and also at many doorslammer events.[/one_half_last]
On September 4th 2003, on the way to the European Finals at Santa Pod, Wayne was unfortunately involved in a motorway accident. A 38 ton truck ran into the back of him, pushing him into a 93 ton military transporter which was in front. The motor home, trailer and race car were all completely destroyed. Wayne had to be cut from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital where he was operated on that night. His youngest son Joe and good friend Dave Billadeau were also in the accident. They were also taken to hospital and released the same day.
It never crossed Wayne’s mind to give up racing and the plan was hatched to build a new car, to go even quicker than before.