A BOYHOOD dream has become a reality for a Cheshire businessman with a passion for motor racing.
Trevor Farrington, 42, loves nothing better than tearing round a race track in a fast car.
Now his hobby has become more than a weekend pursuit - with the father-of-two taking on the likes of Ferrari and McLaren by launching his own racing car.
However, the Farrington 1000 will be available for around a fraction of the cost - about the same price as a Ford Mondeo.
He said: "I got into racing when I was young and have been involved ever since.
"It has become a very trendy sport but it is incredibly expensive. I have always dreamt of building a racing car and I have finally had to chance to do it."
Inspired by the launch of a new racing class, Sports 1000, he has designed and developed a low-cost sports car and is now preparing to go into production.
Mr Farrington and a team of four have worked round the clock since January to build the Farrington 1000, funded by a £10,000 govern-ment Smart grant.
With an innovative chassis designed to deliver good handling using low-cost materials and distinctive classic car exterior, it has a top speed of 120mph.
He hopes that the £12,000 price tag will make it a big hit with hobby drivers.
Mr Farrington has also developed a range of extras that can be bought "off the shelf" by drivers wanting to adapt their vehicles.
He has run classic car restoration business Trevor Farrington Ltd in Knutsford for 13 years but this is his first foray into the world of motor car production.
He has already raced the car at Oulton Park race track in Cheshire, finishing in second place.
But it was at the launch of the Sports 1000 racing series at Silverstone on Saturday that he was hoping to catch the eye of other amateur drivers.
The car was put through its paces against vehicles from three of the major manufacturers, in the club level class.
Speaking before the race, he said: "I hope the car will stand out because of its classic design.
"What I want to do now is pick up some interest at Silverstone and go into small scale production. It would be great to get about six or eight orders before Christmas.
"When the new racing series was announced, it was a brilliant opportunity to break into the market with an affordable car.
"The amount of man hours that have gone into building this are incalculable but it has been worth every minute.
"Thankfully, my family are really supportive. My two sons are just as nuts about motor racing as me and my wife loves coming to watch the races.
"I hope this car will allow more people to get into what is ordinarily an incredibly expensive hobby.
"I've put every last penny into this. It's a massive business and family commitment."