I grew up in Lincolnshire, on the east coast of northern England, in the United Kingdom. It was quite a nice area to grow up, very rural (we played outside a lot as kids). Many of the major towns are failing in one way or another, mostly due to a dying fishing industry. Lucky for me, I lived slightly in from the coast and my father was never in that line of work.
I have three brothers, one a little older who essentially showed me what not to do, two a lot younger who I think often saw me more as a father figure than older brother.
My life has had it’s own set of twists and turns, such as moving to Northern Ireland (a horrible career move that ended in a stretch of homelessness), mainly brought about by the death of my girlfriend two years earlier, wanting to get away from the area we’d lived in. So, often when I tell you I’ve felt as low as it’s possible to, I’m probably telling the truth.
My interests haven’t really changed much over the years, with focus being on Motorsport and American Football (Go Bears)! The interest in Motorsport led to the discovery of Sim racing (not simply racing games; these are realistic simulations of the real-world experience). I founded a Web site based upon my interest in 1999. This Web site (then named Legends Central) imported Danish-language forums into it’s existing content, taking additional staff to become Race Sim Central in December, 2001.
As I anticipated a conflict of interest once I began to work for iRacing (see below), I volunteered to hand over ownership of RSC to other individuals. At this time, the Web site had grown to have 80,000 registered members, and although it would later grow further, it eventually died entirely due to a lack of a working database backup.
I’m also lucky enough (due to my employment) to have visited many racing facilities. I’ve driven, by myself, around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and even attended a racing school in 2006.
Watch the hands closely… Racing school at Lime Rock Park, CT, USA.
After running that sim racing Web site for six years, I was offered employment with Bedford (Massachusetts) based company, iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations by John W. Henry. John was a member of my Web site, founder of iRacing.com, and Principal Owner of the Boston Red Sox.
In 2010 when iRacing began to bring in staffing cuts in wages and hours, I was asked to work reduced hours. As I was planning to start a family, I wanted to look for something more stable, eventually landing firmly on my feet with Image Space Incorporated, developers of the EA Sports F1 franchise and rFactor.
My Own Family
In June 2006 I sent a rather random message to the first result in a MySpace (remember MySpace?) people search for “photographer”. I wanted to learn (or re-learn, as I had taken photography at college) about low light photography, the person who responded would later become my wife. We have two children, Suzie and Iris.
Last Updated: December 31, 2014.