Biography

Chris Scragg

Hotelier by profession, competitor by instinct. At school a keen player of rugby and hockey and an accomplished athlete. In the 1980ís an off-road racer with AWDC, first in an Austin Gipsy, then a modified Land Rover. A very muddy and bumpy pastime racing against the clock. In the 1990ís an off-shore power boat racer starting in the cruiser class and winning the National Championships in a Hunton. Then a move into Class 2 in a Monohull with 2 x 600 bhp sabre diesels. Then a move into Class 2 catamaran, again with 2 x 600 bhp sabre diesels, with speeds approaching 100 mph. Racing around the UK, highlights of the season winning the Guernsey Gold Cup racing over 2 legs against both Class 1 and 2 boats from all over Europe and the season culminating in the National Class2 Championships.

Another decade and another sport. 2005 saw a return to motor sport but on a smoother track. A chance meeting with Roger Bennington, Managing Director of Stratton Motor Company [Norfolk] at the 2004 Southampton Boat Show led to the acquisition of a 1971 Aston Martin DBS, prepared by Rogerís company with engine support from Arthur and Boysie Thurtle.

The first race at Mallory proved to be a most exciting experience, just days after obtaining his competitorís license. Results steadily improved throughout the season culminating in the last race weekend at Brands Hatch with a 5th place.

Big Changes in 2007
 
Having sold Marston Hotels for the shareholders in November 2006 and in the process putting himself into retirement, Chris decided to make Historic racing his full time hobby for the summer of 2007.
 
The plan was to fit in as many race meetings as possible and to this end the fleet had to be increased a little.  The Aston Martin V8 benefited from a new engine prepared by Dave Jacks and his team at Aston Engineering, producing well in excess of 500 bhp.   Added to the stable was an Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato built in 1961.  For longer events such as the Spa six hour, as well as shorter races, a 1962 E Type Jaguar 3.8 litre was prepared by Mike Wilkinson from Everton, Yorkshire.  A Jaguar Mk 2, also 3.8 litre was also prepared for saloon car events such as the Top Hat series.  To complete the Jaguar department Mike also set about restoring an historically important 1951 Jaguar XK 120.

Despite a busy season's racing, Chris quickly became bored of retirement and at the end of May 2007 acquired The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.  The Spa is now a very successful 4 star full service Hotel, and with its very own Zagatos Bar, The Spa welcomes car clubs, race dinners, dinner dances, award ceremonies and overnight stops. 

On the racing front, the now 9 seasons so far have involved nearly 300 races and quite a lot of success (some Championships included) as well as huge amounts of fun, lots of nice people, huge bills, a divorce, and a small but tasty collection of rare cars.  Only one shunt (Castle Coombe August 2010) that hurt me, and a couple of damaged cars (2012), none self-inflicted!  

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