“And then I rolled at the hairpin,” George Gelling says to me. “Well, I got out, pushed it back upright and carried on. Until the engine blew up on the drop down towards Douglas. Flat out in top. Think I must have been doing 50 miles an hour.” George, still sporting a good crop of creamy white hair, used to be the works foreman for Peel Engineering - and, on this evidence, the works driver too.
Pictures: Rowan Horncastle
This feature was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Top Gear magazine