Alastair Caldwell was McLaren’s Team Manager in their most successful years of ’74 and ’76
The Inca Trail is a classic rally which goes around South America, for around 27,000 miles, and it usually lasts for around 56 days. Alistair Caldwell was the previous manager of the McLaren team, and he took a 1965 Ferrari around the course. By the end of the race the car was completely worn out, and he later commented that it was certainly not the right car to take on the rally.
He commented, “After the race was clear that the car was suffering a great deal. I later rebuilt it including all the mechanical bits, but the bodywork was the real challenge as this was very tired and tatty after the 27,000 miles.”
Then in New Zealand in 2010, Alastair read a local magazine article about a company who had replicated a GTO. He asked them to upscale his 330.
“Sadly this company in New Zealand went into receivership in the middle of doing a really bad job, so I was left with an unfinished car and a huge cost.”
Not deterred, Alastair took on the task himself. He hired three New Zealanders to complete work on the car. He tries to forget the cost of paying for the same job twice, and Alastair now owns a beautiful vehicle, which auctions at around £250k.
This year, having recently completed the 2012 Trans-America Challenge in a classic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, Alastair is currently seeking to rally the GTO: “I have no particular event in mind as yet but will rally the car and rally it hard if need be!”
Despite having retired from Formula 1 and now in his late 60s, Alastair continues his colourful life both on the road and in business. In 1983 he established the UK’s first self storage company, Space Station.
Under increasing demand, Space Station is now the longest-running self storage company in the UK, operating in Berkshire, West London and Greater London, for domestic, business and student use – where Alastair can be found hard at work when not hard-rallying classic cars.
Alastair’s website is at www.alastaircaldwell.com