1987 Vauxhall Nova Sport 1300cc
Having had a year's experience, Colin wanted a bigger challenge and acquired a Nova in order to enter the 1987 National Championship. With Nicky Jack's work commitments meaning he was unable to commit to a more ambitious programme, avionics engineer Derek Ringer took over the navigators role, which he would occupy for nine years. The pair ended their first season seventh overall and convincing class winners in the national series, the highlight being a class victory on the Manx. In only his second season, aged just 19, Colin has moved from being Jimmy's boy to being spoken of as a genuinely promising new talent.