By Huw Mabe
A WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE veteran whose life fell apart after leaving the army is getting things back on track as part of a stunt-driving team.
Tristan Dover, 54, served for 10 years in the army, spending much of his time in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
After he left suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, eventually ending up in prison.
Now he is part of Mission Motorsport, the armed forces’ motorsport charity, who will be staging a high-octane driving display next month.
Tristan said: ““Mission Motorsport has given me the support and purpose to turn my life around and I’m now working as a design engineer.
“We’ve begun rehearsals and I’m confident the display will be spectacular.”
The five-strong team, all of whom are veterans from the army, navy or air force recovering physical injury or mental health issues, will be performing at the Autosport International Show in January.
They will be behind the wheels of £320,000 worth of Morgan vehicles – Morgan Plus Six and Three Wheeler models – after the company lent the team the cars for the event. They will also be driving in strict formation alongside the Band of the Irish Guards in a carefully choreographed display.
James Cameron, CEO of Mission Motorsport, said: “The intent behind the spectacularly engaging Best of British segment at Autosport International is to celebrate companies in the UK who are going out of their way to level the playing field and help members of the Armed Forces community into employment,” he said.
“We’ve assembled a team of soldiers, sailors and airmen all going through the transition between military and civilian life and to secure the full band of the Irish Guards is incredible.
“We’re really looking forward to unveiling it for the first time in front of the crowd.”
The Autosport International Show is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from January 9-12. The display will take place during every day of the show.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
If you or a Veteran you know is suffering from PTSD, Anxiety, Loneliness or Depression, you are not alone.
The – Minds At War – Crisis Support Helpline Number is open 24/7 and a First Responder is on call at all times.
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