A Life in Cars

AboutMartin Short and Rollcentre

Born 1959, in RAF El Adem, a Royal Air Force base in Libya, Martin has spent most of his life either in or around St. Ives in Cambridgeshire, where he lives with his wife Michelle and sons Morgan and Marcus.  This is where Rollcentre Racing is based - living on the job!  Martin runs his twin businesses from his custom built factory unit, which is the headquarters for Rollcentre Racing and Mosler UK.

Martin's Ambitions....

 

...  within motor racing were to race at Le Mans and to become a member of the BRDC. He  realised both these dreams, with thanks to his team and co-drivers at Rollcentre Racing, but there are always new ambitions and championships to achieve.  

1987 - 1989

1987 - I started racing at club level at the age of 27, winning the BRSCC Kitcar Championship in my first year! Founded Rollcentre, building roll cages for various clients including McLaren for F1 GT car.

1988 - 4th Place in Top Gear Formula First Winter Series & 11th Place in a field of 60 cars in the Cellnet Formula First Championship.

Brief single seater career - soon give up (too dangerous even for me!)

1989 -  5th Place in the Esso MG Metro Challenge & 12 best 'newcomer' awards, Rookie of the year.

 

1990 - 2000

Competed in a one make saloon Championship (Metro Turbos)

1992 3rd Place in the Dunlop Rover 216 GTi Challenge - Pole Positions at Knockhill & Silverstone and new Lap Record at Donington Park
1993 Winner in a Renault Clio Williams three hour indurance race at Hockenheim, Germany. Winnnerin a Honda Civic VTEC at Silverstone (Group N) Endurance Race. Eight Wins in the Rover 216 GTiChallenge, Five Pole Positions and two Lap Records.Rover one make racing.  Started running cars for clients. Champ runner-up

TVR one make racing, championship runner -up, 3rd place three years running

Designed and built TVR Cerbera GTO car for TVR.  Became the first car in the world to beat the Porsche GT3, and first to finish a 24 hour race (at Spa)

2001

2001 Competitor in the Privilege Insurance British GTO Championship in the TVR Cerbera Speed Six and TVR Tuscan R. Winning two rounds. Second in the 1000Km Race in Suzuka, Japan, flew Tuscan R to Suzuka and back between Knockhill and Thruxton rounds of the British GT Championship  

2002 - 2003

2002 - TVR Tuscan R in British GT.  Lead the Championship for the season but lost out in the last race.

Became Mosler race car Agent for UK, Europe and rest of the World. Took the car to Bathurst in Australia and finished 2nd overall in 24 hour race.

2003 - Built and sold Moslers into Europe, and won the British GT Championship with our car.  Went to Bathurst again with amateur drivers and finished 5th overall.  Competed in Daytona 24 hours and finished 3rd in class with a Saleen

2003

Entered British GT with a Mosler MT900 and won the Championship with Tom Herridge.

2004

2004 Bought two Dallara Judd LMP1 cars.  Entered Sebring 12 hours and finished 5th overall, 4th in LMP1 behind three Audis.  We were third for much of the race until throttle cable broke.  Competed in Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 hour race.  At 7.00 am was in 4th place overall in our first Le Mans, when we were hit by another car, resulting in a huge accident a Porsche Curves and did not finish. Continued to build and sell Moslers. Designed and developed Noble M12 GT car for Noble cars.

2005

Worked with Nismo and fitted their engine into the second Dallara and ran at Sebring, LMS and Le Mans 24 hours.  Wasn't a great engine and went back to running a Judd.  First Dallara had good success at LMS and Le Mans 24 hour leading the race outright at one point, albeit briefly and with me driving at the time, until a power steering leak saw us drop down the order.  Finished Le Mans Series in 4th place after briefly leading the series.  Drove with Vanina Ickx and Joao Barbosa.

 

Established Mosler Europe, and was responsible for the build of fifty road Moslers

and race car build Mosler won the inaugural Britcar Silverstone 24 hours race.

2006

2006 – Entered and drove the Radical-Judd SR9 LMP2 car at Le Mans and finished 20th (drivers:Martin Short, João Barbosa, Stuart Moseley). Finished the Le Mans Series in 10th place.

Fast but temperamental car, nearly always lead the class, nearly always terminally broke down! Best result third at Nurburgring, which we should have won, as well as Istanbul, and Donington. 

Rollcentre ran the Mosler MTR900 for Kevin Riley and Ian Flux achieving a hat-trick of wins at Britcar 2006 in Donnington.

2007

2007 - Entered and drove the Pescarolo-Judd 01 at Le Mans and finished 4th (drivers: Martin Short, João Barbosa, Stuart Hall) behind Audi Sport North America, Peugeot Sport and Pescarolo Sport. Rollcentre finished only 22 laps down from the winning Audi car. Finished the Le Mans Series in 4th place, behind Peugeot Sport and Pescarolo Sport.

First British Team and Driversand Non Factory team to the finish at Le Mans, Best Rookie with Stuart Hall, and highest Championship non factory team in Le Mans Series.

Designed and built new Mosler GT3 car, and carried out all National Homologation work. Continued to build, sell, race and support Moslers throughout the world.

2008

Pescarolo ran again in LMS and Le Mans 24 hours with customers.  The banking crisis hit and after a happy nine year relationship with Deutsche Bank we lose our major sponsor.

2008

Won Dutch Supercar Challenge with our modified 2002 Mosler....The Tiger Car

2009

Focus on Mosler and establish entry in Malaysia with ThunderAsia Team and entries in Australian GT with four cars entered in the GT Series.

 

Competing myself in Dutch Supercar Challenge with factory Mosler and win the Championship.  Mosler Challenge runs in Dutch Supercar Challenge in a great continental race series, competing in Europe.  Mosler customers running cars in other series across Europe.

2010

Continue to support Mosler sales around the world and take part in selected races. Develop and build new Mosler Super GT300 which enters Japanese GT series, using a Judd engine. Carried out all design of new spaceframe chassis and aero work using CFD, working with Cranfield University, carrying out crash tests.  Moslers continue to campaign in Dutch Supercar, Australian GT, VdeV series, Belcar, and Spanish GT amongst others.Add News Story here

2011

Continue to support Mosler with selected Dutch Supercar races for me, and Australian GT, VdeV, Dutch Supercar Challenge, Super GT and Spanish GT.  

 

Worked with Ginetta on the development work on the new Ginetta GT3 G55 project. Campaigned the G55 in the Britcar 24hr with Lawrence Tomlinson

 

2012

Celebrated 25 years of racing and rollcages!!  Announced alliance with Praga Cars and heading up Praga Racing UK, at the Autosport Show in Birmingham UK. The New Generation Project aims to identify and bring on new, young drivers as they step up from Karts to race cars.  Worked with Praga helping to develop the new Praga R1.

 

2013

Its a Ferrari sort of year.  While we are still supporting all our Mosler customers across the world, we are now also campaigning a Ferrari 458 Challenge car, and have introduced a host of modifications which we are now offering as part of our range.  Visit our Ferrari pages to see more.  Entered in selected rounds of GT Cup & Pirelli Ferrari Open Challenge.  

2013

Raced in SuperLights Challenge, supporting Supercar, and won the title in a Radical SR8 working with the Radical factory.

2014

Lots of exciting activity going on with Rollcentre Racing this year.  We are sole agents for Clearwater Lights for motorcycles and racing cars, working on Kevin Riley's Mosler with the students of Staffordshire University: we about to ship our latest project to Turkey - the Onuk-Sazan GT race car, and have even had a visit from Warren Mosler!  We have taken the Toybaru out for a spin in the 750 Motorclub Races with wins in the races participated, and took part in the Time Attack Series, winning the first ever Night event in the world with our Mosler SuperGT.

2015

Rollcentre were looking after a BMW M3 GTR in the Britcar Series, with participation in the Silverstone 24 Hours. Also we ran a few events with our Mosler Super GT.

 

2016

We won the 2015 Silverstone 24 Hours race with the BMW M3 of Richard Neary! We also took part in British GT with Richards BMW Z4 GT3.

 

2017

We took part in British GT, with Richard Nearys brand new Mercedes GT3. It was a fraught year sadly, with too many crashes, caused by outside influences. A couple of 24 Hour races as well.

 

2018

We looked after various historic cars, including our ex Sister Dallara to the one showed here in Masters Endurance Legends. Martins own Oreca Dallara Judd SP1 car took part at the end of 2017 in the Masters Endurance legends first race (at Spa), and then again in 2018 at Brands hatch and Silverstone Classic, winning class on all 3 occasions.

2019

The majority of 2019 was spent supporting Motus One, looking after their client, Brabham Automotive. Martin had his quietest racing year since 1986 (!) and did only two races, though one was a rather special one, with his son Morgan having his first race in the Mighty C1 in the 24 Hours. With their fellow drivers Ian Stinton and Graham Coomes, they got up to 4th, however a blown engine resulted in slipping down the order, but it was great fun. The other was in the TVR Tuscan pictured below at Combe for the 30th Anniversary of the race series. 

2020

We hope to be doing more with the TVR Tuscan, Moslers, Radicals, Brabham and who knows what :)

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