Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Used to Spend Hours with My Racing Track Devising Spectacular Crashes' NOW AND THEN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'I Used to Spend Hours with My Racing Track Devising Spectacular Crashes' NOW AND THEN

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CHRIS DENNING, 41, is managing director of the newly-relaunched Tyneside Autoparc and lives in Whalton, Northumberland, with wife Mandy and their two cocker spaniels.

What's your first memory? Playing at being a racing driver. I used to spend hours with my TCR racing track devising race scenarios, incidents and spectacular crashes. It was my dream to drive fast cars and be paid for it.

What were you like as a child? I was very outgoing and loved football. I was never one to sit around watching TV and when I was growing up there were no computers. You had to make your own entertainment and mine usually involved trying to be the best at everything!

What childhood games did you play? Football, cricket - anything competitive that involved team sport. I was very into BMX racing at one stage up to competition level where I did win prizes. I was in the Falcon Flyers Support team and participated in races across the region.

What music did you like and what was the first record you bought? I loved Madness and the first record I bought was Baggy Trousers.

Now I have an eclectic taste from classical to hip hop to pop, like most over-40s.

Did you have a family pet? Bonzo the cat. He used to look like Groucho Marks with a moustache.

Were your school days the best days of your life? No - I struggled at school since I wasn't an academic but a 'do-er'. I was always very impatient to get to be the best at whatever it was I was interested in. I found my forte when I started working in the car trade. I am very much a people's person, and it was the perfect environment for me. I started at the very bottom in the trade and worked my way up which I believe is the best education in life.

Were you ever bullied? No. I went to King Edward V1 School in Morpeth and had great friends some of whom I'm still in touch with today. I'm 6ft 2in and was tall from an early age. My best mate was 6ft 4in so people, including bullies, tended to keep their distance.

What were your favourite TV programmes? Saturday Swapshop and Razzmataz, like most teenagers growing up in the 80s!

What did you want to do when you grew up? …

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