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Colin Blower Car No: 75
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Car Vauxhall VX220
Team Colin Blower Motorsport
Born 21 March 1948
Lives Hinckley, Leicestershire

Occupation

MD of Colin Blower Motorsport
Sponsors Help!
Interests Talking about the 'old days', Listening to Classic AM
Racing CV

Colin Blower began his motorsport career in 1973 racing a MGB, a year later he completed a full season in the Production Sports Car Championship with a Lotus Europa, where after winning a number of races he finished runner-up in the championship.

In 1975 Colin began a long and successful relationship with the Blackpool sports car manufacturer TVR, which continued until the end of 1982. During that time many races were won as well as two championships.

1983 saw a switch to Porsche, and after another successful year in Production Sports in which he claimed another two championships. Colin moved on to dominate Production Saloons with a works backed Mitsubishi Starion.

1984 brought further success for Colin when he recorded twelve wins and the Class A championship in the Uniroyal series. A year later he claimed both Uniroyal and Monroe titles taking the chequered flag on no less than sixteen occasions.

Arguably 1986 was his best ever season in terms of victories, taking the Class A title with 22 wins in both the Uniroyal and Monroe series. It was a tremendous achievement against such tough opposition, but with the Sierra Cosworth appearing on the scene in 1987, the Mitsubishi was no longer a competitive race car and although giving away 50 bhp to the fourteen Fords competing that year. Colin would often come away with a top five placing.

Mitsubishi recognised Colin's achievements by presenting him with their driver of the year award, however, Mitsubishi were forced to withdraw a year later after the RAC failed to control turbo boost.

At the end of the 1989 season Colin renewed his acquaintance with TVR, taking in three races before embarking on a full season that continues too this day. Taking part in over one hundred races in the TVR Tuscan Challenge, highlights that have included finishing runner-up in 1991, 1993 and 1994 plus winning the title in 1992.

One of his highlights was to have been in a race against Nigel Mansell which he beat in qualifying to snatch pole position from the former World Champion. But Mansell's well publicised accident in the TOCA shoot-out earlier in the day led to the former grand prix driver withdrawing, leaving Blower to go on and win the race.

A down side to his career came in 1996 when towards the end of the year, he broke both his leg and ribs in an accident in qualifying at a wet Silverstone after the throttle on his TVR had jammed open at more than 150 mph.

Interspersed amongst his decade of races in the TVR Tuscan Challenge, Colin has tried his hand at GT racing in both 1997 and 1998 with a TVR Cerbera in GT2. And despite not being quite so successful as racing in the Tuscan, still managed an outright victory at Donington Park.

Has recently been competing in the European Sports Prototype Championship for pre 1972 sports cars in an ex Denny Hulme Lola T70 Spyder, winning races at the Nurburgring in Germany and Coys Historic racing festival at Silverstone. In 2000 became a member of the prestigious BRDC.

Most embarrassing
racing moment
Losing
Best racing moment Winning
Favourite circuit
Silverstone, free tea in the BRDC
Dream team mate Kylie
Why British GT in 2004? Just love the weather here
Drivers Website
www.colinblower.co.uk

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