The author completed his automotive apprenticeship in 1981, winning 3 awards along the way. In 1982, he started a business modifying road and stage rally vehicles. 1986 saw a change of direction into civil engineering in the rail industry where he still works as a Structures Engineer for Network Rail. John began his love of off-roading whilst shooting and fishing in his home county of Norfolk. He is founder and chairman of the Norfolk-rhinos Suzuki Off-road Club, and writes a monthly column for 4x4 Mart magazine.