55 years of family racing history
2019 marked the 55th anniversary of Scott Huntley's family racing heritage. Above is Scott's great uncle, Maurice Lee preparing a Mini Cooper engine prior to an RAF rally in 1964.
Scott is following on in the footsteps of his multi-Championship winning racing family. In 2013, he won an incredible 30 trophies racing on indoor and outdoor tracks in Essex including becoming the 2013 Cadet Champion at the A12 Pro Karting Championships at Witham. These trophies were won in Honda 4-stroke 120cc & 160cc corporate hire karts.
Within weeks of venturing on an outdoor track for the first time in September 2012, at Brentwood, he had beaten the lap times of the 2012 Formula Two World Champion Luciano Bacheta and Nicholas Hamilton (Lewis's brother). Both professional racing drivers, they were in 200cc Honda 4-stroke karts and Scott was in a 160cc Honda 4-stroke kart. Scott consistently broke the lap records at Witham. He also received the Cadet fastest lap trophy in the Junior Race League at Brentwood in Autumn 2013. He also set the Cadet EasyKart lap record for a Novice for the Three Sisters track at Wigan in April 2014. In August 2014 Scott set the all time lap record for Cadet EasyKart at the Whilton Mill track in Daventry. Easykart have used this track for past six years.
Scott Huntley, broke another speed record-the World Land Speed Record! At the Autosport International Motorshow 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham he tried out the Bloodhound SSC Driving Experience Simulator. Out of the 10,000's visitors to the show he got the highest speed on the measured mile of 1016.9 mph and a top speed of 1032.9mph. His name is now going on the tail of the Bloodhound SSC Car when it goes for the World Land Speed Record in 2020. Scott said 'I had trouble reaching the pedals on the simulators and was not that comfortable, but really pleased with my achievements.'
In July 2013, Scott made his first TV appearance when he was seen in an ITV documentary in a feature about McLaren's 50th anniversary, dressed in his custom made 2013 McLaren race suit.
Scott's remarkable racing potential drew attention of a major International sponsor, CZ Racing Chains of the Czech Republic when he was just 12. He is the first person of any age in the UK, that they have given a karting contract to, in 15 years. Chamber Engineering Ltd., CZ chains sole UK distributor said; 'Since not only do we have high hopes in him but we also believe he will have a great future specially coming from a family of racers that will help even more in the development of his career.' CZ Racing Chains was formed 85 years ago, are one of the World's largest manufacturer of chains, export racing chains for karts and endurance racing bikes to over 40 countries - also making timing chains for BMW, Audi and VW cars and Ducati motorbikes.
Scott was one of only two cadets to represent Great Britain in the World EasyKart Finals in Lignano, Italy in October 2014. He obtained his MSA International 'C' licence to compete.
His great uncle, Maurice Lee, a multi-championship winning driver who raced Mini Coopers and Ford Escorts from the 60s to the 80s. Maurice remarked that Scott reminded his of Lewis Hamilton in the way he doggedly worked his way through the pack to the front, adding he could visualise him racing F1 one day. He also said Scott's driving style reminded him of World Championship winning John Surtees who he witnessed racing motorbikes and F1 in the early 60's.
His Grandfather, Dennis Huntley was a member of a go-kart racing team in the 1960's (Weybro Racing Club). He was also a keen motorcyclist ending up with a 500cc Triumph Tiger Cub. During his service with the RAF, Dennis was in the RAF Gymnastics team for the 1952 Royal Tournament. Dennis, just before he passed away in May 2012, along with Stephen, spent 200 man hours building a 200cc off-road buggy for Scott where he learnt the art of 'drifting'. His sponsors, Francis & Peter Theobald allow Scott to use their land to do this. Scott's Grandfather was a Precision Engineer like his father who both worked 45 years at Weyer Brothers Ltd. Essex. Dennis worked on the guidance system of the Tornado aircraft . As well as other 'Top Secret' work for the MoD, Weyer Brothers Ltd. also specialised in high performance racing car gearboxes.
Scott's dad, Stephen was the London and South East Regional Winner of the Young Engineer for Britain, as well as coming 2nd in the National finals. He was also the NELEX (North East London Polytechnic) design award winner. This was for a design of a Hospital patient lifting device which he designed and built with his school friend, Keith Hillsmith who went on to become an RAF F4 Phantom and F3 Tornado fighter pilot (using the guidance system Dennis Huntley worked on!) Keith is now a Training Captain at easyJet, and has watched Scott race. Scott's dad Stephen, often gets the opportunity to test drive high performance cars on test tracks and recently drove the 2014 Nissan GT-R Coupe (with a 0-60mph of 2.74 secs!), the New Range Rover, Jaguar F Type 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged and the 550bhp Jaguar 5.0 V8 XKR Type R, Supercharged.
Scott Huntley's Great Uncle, Maurice Lee assembling a Mini Cooper engine before a night rally in Germany in 1964
Scott's Great Uncle, Maurice Lee, was a rally driver in the 1960's and 70's, first started racing in a Mini Cooper 50 years ago, in 1964. Maurice served 15 years in the Royal Air Force. Whilst he was stationed in Germany his first experience of rallying was at night in a Mini Cooper. After leaving the RAF in 1973 was MSA Autotest Champion in the North East, for an incredible 5 years also winning dozens of trophies, mostly 1st's in that time.