From lifelong dreaming of being a motoring presenter, to building race tracks out of balls of string, Paul’s journey was always going to involve horse power.
Paul studied script writing at university, getting on-stage in various theatre shows alongside his hobby of building and racing cars. It was here he had his first taste of motoring journalism; working as a freelance feature writer for a number of leading motoring magazines, under the publishing Groups Future Publishing and Unity Media including Classic Ford and Total Vauxhall.
The motorsport theme continued alongside the career, and Paul formed rally team, ‘Teamwoodspeed’, co-driven by his brother Mike. A few rally cars later, Paul was approached by the Producer of a company who produced DVDs for motorsport. They were aiming for the TV screen and needed a presenter.
…And so it started.
The production company in question launched the Special Stage TV Show in 2009 on Motors TV, and since then the series has become one of the best known brands in UK rallying and motorsport television. One of Paul’s proudest achievements has been working with Wayne Goldring and the crew at Special Stage to develop and raise the profile of the show, bringing some of the world’s best rally championships to a worldwide TV audience.
In the background to his television work, Paul started gaining valuable experience behind the microphone, presenting evening shows on Hull’s hospital radio station, Kingstown Radio. It wasn’t long before he took the next step for his broadcasting career, and was recruited as a weekend presenter on Yorkshire Coast Radio. Paul presented music, competitions and local features from the UKRD station’s impressive studios in the picturesque seaside town of Scarborough, a place he’d spent a great deal of his childhood.
Shortly after this, Paul’s local station 99.8 KCFM came calling, and he was appointed as a presenter for the Hull-based station, presenting the Greatest Hits show, along with covering weekend breakfast shows and hosting events across Yorkshire.
During this time, Paul combined his duties in front of the camera for Special Stage, and on commercial radio with a full-time marketing agency role.
Somehow, he still found time for competing in motorsport; in 2012, Paul won his first rally outright, taking victory alongside German Rally Champion Graham Coffey in an ex. Petter Solberg Subaru Impreza World Rally Car at the Neil Howard Memorial Rally, at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
Meanwhile, Paul continued to indulge in his love of cars, producing a series of motoring review videos as a way of showcasing his presenting style and broadcast journalism. Among the opportunities to come from this project was the chance to pilot the legendary Metro 6R4 Group B rally car at Oulton Park race track for a feature.
Paul’s media work led to him producing films and hosting launches and events for various car dealer groups and manufacturers, including Evans Halshaw, DM Keith and Infiniti.
Paul has also been involved with a number of pilot shows, including local community TV station ‘Estuary Television’ by fronting the pilot for their sports discussion show, “On The Bench”.
Paul also hosts one of the UK’s biggest motoring and music festival weekends, VW Festival at Harewood House. And would you believe it – he even reviewed his accommodation for the weekend, along with the then ‘new’ Mrs. Woodford!
2015 saw Paul presenting live coverage at the UK round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB for the second year running, both at the event and as part of a live BT Sport programme.
Paul continued in his role as the front man for the TV series, Special Stage Rally Review, and on air as a presenter at Yorkshire radio station, KCFM in 2015, balancing these projects with his role as Marketing Manager for leading Hull company, Needlers.
Paul’s motoring exploits have seen him travel as far as Portugal to shoot cars, and a deal to present and help raise the profile of the Motorsport News Rally Championship, based predominantly at MSV race circuits in the UK.
Embarking on a motoring column in lifestyle magazine, LOCO, and being nominated for Yorkshire Media Personality of the Year topped off a busy year. A year dedicated – as always – to motoring, and media.
2016 has saw Paul presenting a lot more live content, including four days of eight hour live broadcasts for GKN Plc at Formula Student, and historic motor racing events around the UK with the Historic Sports Car Club.
With the announcement that Paul had been appointed the Circuit Manager at Cadwell Park Race Track, in Lincolnshire, 2017 was a year of exciting changes, Cadwell Park being the scene of one of Paul’s earliest motorsport experiences, aged 3.
Paul’s motor sport story continues, as part of Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision, a role which extends to include hosting duties at the group’s other race circuits, including the Euro NASCAR extravaganza, Brands Hatch Speed Fest.
2019 saw Paul, along with the Special Stage Rally TV crew mark ten years of providing television coverage for the prestigious BTRDA Rally Championship, as well as being appointed to provide the official TV coverage of the British Rally Championship.
Other highlights of 2019 included presenting a tour of the Sport Pesa Racing Point Formula One Team factory, and hosting live nightly broadcasts from the RAC Rally – rekindling the format and themes of the ‘Rally Report’ programmes of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
With after dinner speaking engagements and a number of motoring-themed projects in the pipeline, the adventure continues.
Paul is married with a young family. He lives in Lincolnshire and when he’s not working, he can be found tinkering with various classic and rally project cars.
A return to the rally stages is far from ruled out, so watch this space!