The Job!...... So how do you get a job building a classic & supercar collection you may ask? Back in 2007 and my last year in Formula 1, we were coming down from the highs of the 2005 & 2006 Double would championships. Also, after 10 years of economy class round the world trips, more than a sprinkling of 18 to 24 hour working days plus not forgetting the partying off course! I was tired, very Tired! Before the 2007 season had got underway I decide it was going to be my last. During that final year in between races I was flying to Bahrain (my new destination of choice) to organize and set the stage for my smooth transition and new career away from Formula 1. My transition was in place as I had set up a job working for a German Porsche tuning company that was setting up a Middle Base, all was good, the job and visa sorted, living in the sun sorted, fast cars sorted, a Royal Flight trolley dolly girlfriend (Now wife) sorted, what could go wrong?... The Germans and the locals fell out just as the company opened, it shut down straight away and that was that, no Job! (not sorted). I managed to keep busy as a part time instructor at the Bahrain circuit. The summer months were looming which meant that the circuit would close due to the excessive heat until autumn, I had no idea what I was going to do next? Out of the blue and in the nick of time I received a message from a friend that someone was going call me about a job, I had no idea what job? Within a minute of the message my phone was ringing, with an English guy on the other end asking if I could pass by a Building site for an interview now! Still no idea what this was about, what did I have to lose? Off I went to the building site which was a huge, half-built shopping mail construction project. Once there within 10 minutes I was told that they had a few cars already (Arab Spec) and they were looking to purchase a good few more. “We require someone to manage this, do you fancy it? ………. Well of course, YES!!
The Brief: To build a collection of iconic supercars from pretty much zero, budget was never mentioned, I had no contacts network, I had just spent 10 years traveling the world in Formula 1 so why would I know who you trust? At the end of the day a used car dealer is a used car dealer, whether it’s a back-street dealer selling you a £500 heap or a flash supercar dealer with purchase costs running in the millions, the risks are high, Arthur daily springs to mind! It was now one of my many tasks to network the ‘right’ people / companies to trust! Not easy! in upcoming articles I will write further on the importance of building Relationships and Trust with dealers & Auction Houses + why I would never trust Middle East supercar dealers.