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Racing replicas story
Pete Shepherd has been buying, selling and restoring slot cars for 25 years as a hobby, and finally made the decision to make it a full time career in 2020. 'Racing Replicas' was established and commissions are more popular than ever. The business is run from a family farm in rural North Essex, where Pete's young children are already showing an interest in his beloved pastime.
I'm Pete, I grew up spending a lot of time in my fathers workshop where he restored real cars. As a family we always watched a lot of historic racing all over the UK. Slot cars have been my passion in life since my brother and I received a box load of 60s slot cars from the local auction. From running those cars around on the loft carpet, I've gone on to compete at clubs and regularly attend international vintage slot car events. Fellow competitors started approaching me to paint cars for them, and that's where the business started.
THe real Racer
In 2019 I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a full size racing car and fulfil a lifelong dream. Here I can be seen racing my 1961 Sebring Sprite replica at Snetterton in 2021. Racing in Equipe Classic Racing's Pre 63' class for Sports and GT cars.
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