Next stop, Monaco
PUBLISHED: 17:54 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009
SPEEDSTER Joe Twyman has overcome cancer to win his way through to taking part in an historic race through the streets of Monaco. Joe, 21, who is sponsored by Next Generation, Hatfield, got off to a flying start this year by notching up a series of impres
SPEEDSTER Joe Twyman has overcome cancer to win his way through to taking part in an historic race through the streets of Monaco.
Joe, 21, who is sponsored by Next Generation, Hatfield, got off to a flying start this year by notching up a series of impressive results including four class wins from five races in events nationwide organised by The Masters racing series.
The former St Albans schoolboy had a bone marrow transplant when he was just 18 and was told he would probably spend a year on the sofa recovering from the operation.
But he said: "Within six months I was racing in Belgium. I think my passion for racing gave me the motivation to get on with my life much faster."
Joe has driven a number of cars including a GT Corvette Stingray, an Elva Mark Seven sports racing car and his own Lotus 7.
This weekend sees Joe heading abroad to race on the famous streets of Monte Carlo in the prestigious Grand Prix Historique de Monaco, driving a 1958 Cooper Formula One car.
The season then takes him to Sweden, France, Germany and Italy as well as numerous domestic races.
Joe's day job is as a car salesman for Siskens in South Kensington which sells high-end cars like £7 million Ferraris, Aston Martins and Porsches.
He also works as an ambassador for charity Teenage Cancer Trust and over the past three years a total of over £100,000 has been raised through his work, combining his motor racing with fundraising schemes.
He caught the racing bug from his father Neil who runs his own firm restoring and repairing race cars. Joe lives in Smallford.
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