My name is Bob Ridge-Stearn and I live in a village called Kinver near Stourbridge in the West Midlands and work in a university in the educational technology field. For many years I lived and worked in Abu Dhabi in the UAE where I enjoyed desert driving in a string of 4x4s. In the late 1970s I used to race a 500cc Kawasaki two-stroke triple motorcycle without any success at all. In this blog I’ll describe what happens when I take up hill climbing and sprinting in a twenty year old Mazda MX5. 
Update Nov 2012 – I have now sold the Mazda and have a Van Diemen Formula Ford.
Update 2013 – I now have a Honda S2000.
Update Summer 2014 – I have now sold the FF and have a Lotus Elise S1.
Update January 2018 – Now I have a Toyota GT86 which I competed with in the Loton Park Championship in 2017 and a few rounds of the Toyota Sprint Series.