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 About Kangaloosh!  

Despite building carFactory I'm afraid I have no academic or professional qualifications in any engineering discipline.  I did, however, grow up surrounded by parts of my parents' vintage cars and motorbikes and can remember, at an age when most children would be playing lego, being sat cross-legged on the floor of the garage sorting a tin of nuts, bolts and washers into metric, BSF, ASF and Whitworth.  For a while in my late teens I worked as a motor mechanic for Terry Hoyle Limited in Maldon, Essex, who at that time restored Ferraris and built race car engines.  I have never worked in more beautiful surroundings since then, nor have I achieved much as rewarding as helping to rebuild a 275 GTB/4 engine.  Perhaps art historians feel the same way about the paintings they restore? 

I got to ride in some fairly interesting machinery (MG 6R4, part of a batch Terry Hoyle made road legal, and various Ferraris), though unfortunately as a teenager the closest I got to driving was blipping the throttle of a Koenig 512 Boxer on a four-post lift, while somebody below listened to the butterflies chattering on overrun.

I.T. offered a more lucrative future and that was the end of my professional career, such as it was, in motorsport.  A career in I.T. means I am better than most at creating bugs in software.  Combined with a non-existent academic background in engineering means carFactory is built on the two shakiest foundations of any software product known to man.  Despite this it seems to work quite well.


 Useful links  

A professional tool for vehicle dynamicists and racing teams that uses rFactor: www.rfactor-pro.com