Spotlight on: Instructor Andy Conway
U Drive Cars are a family run business with 18 years experience. It’s a seamless operation of high quality driving experiences and corporate driving events – and now it’s time to get to know the faces that make it all happen. More specifically, the instructors out on the track who love to make sure you, our customer, has the best experience possible taking your favourite car for an exhilarating spin.
Instructor Andy Conway is an important member of the U Drive team – but what’s his story?
Hi Andy, tell us a little bit about you and your background
Motoring and motorsport has been in my blood since an early age. My grandfather ran a car dealership in Devon and through my father’s work, I found myself regularly trackside at British Formula 1 Championship events, at European Formula 2 races and at Tricentrol/Trimoco British Saloon Car Championship battles.
As soon as I was old enough I started competing, but decided to go down the rallying route as opposed to the racing route as the former seemed more fun and more importantly, cheaper. Oh, how wrong I was! I had many successes over the years whilst also competing in autotests, car trials, hill climbs, ‘roundy roundy’ races (!), sandocross and sprints.
Of course, I had to earn some money too. Following leaving college, I went into I.T for 25 years. I got bored after 10 years but couldn’t find anything else to do – it was pretty cushty! Eventually, redundancy hit and I took a time-out. I organised a month-long self-drive African safari and upped my instructor involvement, as it was something I’d been involved with on an ad-hoc basis for years.
Whilst rallying, I’d been involved with a few rally schools, instructing clients the ‘art’ of rallying. Through a contact at one of these schools, I was recommended to U Drive Cars and as they say, the rest is history.
What’s been your career highlight?
I am proud to have won probably a dozen or so regional championships in various disciplines and I once took a bog standard hire car with less than 50 miles on the clock to third overall on a road rally. Going back to when I worked in IT, my fleet manager (who also competed in rallies) called me on a Thursday and asked if I’d been competing the previous weekend. ‘Yes’, was my response. Turns out, he’d seen a photo of me competing in my new company car in a national motorsport press publication! His advice was ‘next time you do this, take the number plate off!’
What does a working day at U Drive Cars look like for you?
For me, a working day at U Drive Cars is relaxed and (relatively!) stress free. U Drive Cars is a family run non-corporate company who do what they do very well and understand the needs of both clients and employees. It’s great!
Thanks Andy! Anything else?
I live with my partner Rosie (who runs an organic juice company) and our pooch Beau. Beau is a cockapoo who you might meet when you visit U Drive Cars as he is kindly allowed to come along. So don’t forget your dog treats!