Personal History

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Born in January 1939 and christened Michael Richard Anderson, he was nicknamed Spike at the age of 6 months which is the only name he has answered to from that time to this. The son of a Vetinary surgeon, he was public school educated at Berkhamsted and completed his Military service in Singapore as a dog handler in the Royal Army Vetinary Corps. From an early age he displayed an all absorbing interest for fast cars along with a passion for Dixieland jazz having learnt to play the trumpet at school and has played in various jazz bands ever since.


He worked at the world famous spinal injury hospital at Stoke Mandeville, becoming a paraplegic sports instructor. In 1963 he left with his wife and baby daughter to work in the Polio Centre in Jamaica where he also ran the AOC, the local motor racing club, competing himself in over 60 races in his Healey 3000. During that time he was also playing in a Dixieland Band resident at the Sheraton Hotel in Kingston.


On his return to the UK in 1966 he finally found his vocation as a modifier of cylinder heads, working for Broadspeed as their chief head man until 1973 when he formed his own company, Race Head Services. Recognised as one of the top three in his profession, he also went on to create the now legendry Datsun 240Z Super Samuris of which 77 examples were produced  at his workshops in Harbury, Croughton and subsequently the Silverstone Circuit


In 1993 he and his business left for Spain where he formed his own Dixieland band, “The Coastline Dixielanders”, worked for 12 years in his wife’s Real Estate business, built 2 specials, created three more Super Samuris and also found the time to write his own very amusing autobiography called “SAMURI” and Win Percy’s biography, “WIN 1”


Now aged 82 he is still playing his music, driving around in his period specials and wondering what to do next!


He has 2 daughters, a son, 2 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.


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