Jono Mercer went from a kid tinkering on old Toyotas with his dad to being a mechanic for Barwell Motorsport, one of the UK’s most successful privately-owned professional racing teams competing in races like the Spa 24Hour and British GT series.


Jono Mercer (left) with the rest of the Black Bull Barwell Motorsport Team

Jono in fact is my cousin and it had been close to 15 years since we caught up. This summer I was able to catch him via Skype while he was home visiting his family. This is his story of how he went from back yard tinkerer to world class race mechanic.

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Roger Baillie
Brought up in a world of Mini's, road trips, rallying and tinkering it is unsurprising that among my passions, since I can remember, cars have been something very special to me. The way they look, the way they smell and especially the way the sound. This passion has grown over the years from a spectator's seat at Formula 1 and WRC events to active participation in events such as the Cannonball Run NZ and Stance Off Events. My current love affair is with a slightly tuned Mk4 Golf GTI which brings me nothing but joy on the road. This love for driving and cars has led me start a Podcast dedicated to my love of driving called Drive Life NZ where I hope to share my story while exploring the varied stories of other enthusiasts. Dispelling the myths surrounding car people and celebrating our diversity.


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