David Gathercole started playing with motorbikes when he was 11 and his interest in motorsport stemmed from a father and uncle who both competed. He also flew model aircraft.
David worked for Arch Motors building chassis and then went to Lola where he was involved in the Nissan Group C Cars as well as the Larousse F1.
In the late 90’s David started to build up his own race preparation and engine building business and more latterly has been focusing on rebuilding and remaking engines for historic cars from the 60’s and 70’s.
He started racing karts as a teenager and then went on to race a variety of cars starting in MG Midgets and Mini’s before moving on to Historic F2 and Sports Prototypes.
Memorable performances were to be had in an MGF Cup Car at Spa, a Coldwell Group 6 Prototype at Donington; and his Formula 2 March at Spa; and Chevron at Monza; then on to a Lola 212 in which he won several races outright and with it the HSCC Martini Championship in 2012.
He has competed several times at the Le Mans Classic in Lola 212’s and 290, and won Plateau 4 on Handicap in a Lotus Elan with wife Lorraine in 2012.
In 2015 David bought a Mitsubishi Evo 6 rally car to venture in to the forests to challenge his driving skills further. He then went on to a Mk1 Escort with a 2 litre BDG competing in the Roger Albert Clark Rally in 2017 and again in 2019 as well as various forest events, in 2019 he won his class in the BTRDA Historic Cup.
As well as driving his own cars David is often invited to drive customer cars during endurance events and offers driver coaching and set-up advice.
Away from motorsport David enjoys cycling and has twice cycled from London to Paris raising money for the Royal British Legion and completed the Ride London 100 raising money for Sue Ryder Hospice Care, in a faster time than Mark Webber!
David is also an accomplished pilot and in 2017 flew from Peterborough to Portimao in a light aircraft to take part in the Algarve Classic in a Lola 290. He is also slowly restoring a Stinson airplane for further adventures.
Lorraine Gathercole started racing in 1995, initially driving a road going MG Midget, in 2001 Lorraine won the MG Owners Club Championship and the BWRDC Embassy Trophy for the Club Champion.
After that, and her marriage to David, she went on to compete in a variety of historic cars from Formula Ford 1600cc and 2000cc to Group 6 Sports Prototypes and a 26R Lotus Elan.
Racing highlights for Lorraine was the Classic Le Mans win in 2012 with husband David and the prize for fastest lap by a lady driver at the Goodwood Revival in a Lotus 18 Formula Junior.
Lorraine is currently competing in a Lola 212 with an FVC in the Peter Auto CER 1. She is also now rallying a mk1 Escort with a 2 litre BDG achieving a good finish in the 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally.
Outside of competing Lorraine is the Chair of the Motorsport UK Historic Committee where she leads the agenda discussions items offering a competitor, supplier and female viewpoint.
In 2017 Lorraine became Chair of the British Women Racing Drivers Club after a 4 year term as Vice Chair, 3 years as Press Officer and 12 years as Club Secretary, and she now looks to increase the profile of the Club and its members during her leadership.
In 2014 and 2017 she organised ladies only races at Silverstone for the BWRDC, even achieving a British record for most females racing at the same time.
Lorraine handles all the accounts as well as the marketing and social media output for Gathercole Race Engines.
Away from motorsport Lorraine enjoys cycling for pleasure and completed the Ride London 46 in 2016 raising money for Sue Ryder Hospice Care and in 2017 completed her longest ride Tour Cambridge some 83 miles. Lorraine also enjoys occasional photography.