On leaving school, little did Ed know that a part-time job would lead to a brush with the world of motor sport. While working as a delivery driver for a Derby Fishmonger, Derek Williams, he was asked by his boss to navigate in the1964 Caravan Road Rally. Heading off to Lincoln in a Ford Zodiac and Eccles Moonstone outfit, Ed thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was keen to return.
The following year, Ed entered with his brother and became a regular at the events into the 70s. Recalling the competitions, he stated that practicing manoeuvring skills was important before a rally.
Ainley also competed in the Yorkshire Trophy Road Rally, a similar event to the British Caravan Road Rally which was organised by the Yorkshire Centre of The Caravan Club. Smaller competitive rallies in local areas became a popular offshoot of the Road Rallies and provided an excellent opportunity to practice caravanning skills.
Ed is still a keen leisure caravanner today, returning to the pursuit following his retirement.
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