From lifelong dreaming of being a motoring presenter, to building race tracks out of balls of string, Paul’s life was perhaps always mapped out. It’s certainly been an adventure, so far…
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.
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.
Shortly after this, Paul’s local station 99.8 KCFM came calling, and he was appointed as a presenter for the Hull-based station. He continues as a presenter on KCFM, presenting the Greatest Hits show, along with covering weekend breakfast shows and hosting events across Yorkshire.
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 hot hatches and interesting performance 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 around a race track for a feature.
Following a series of events for Infiniti Centre Hull and Infiniti Europe, including the first UK launch of the all-new Q50, Paul was handed the keys to the exotic Infiniti FX Vettel Formula 1 edition SUV for a review video. The start of a long-running association with Nissan’s premium car brand.
Among other projects in 2013-14, Paul presented a number of pilot shows, including work for a new online motoring project, and supporting local community TV station ‘Estuary Television’ by fronting the pilot for their sports discussion show, “On The Bench”.
Paul also hosted one of the UK’s biggest motoring weekends, VW Festival at Harewood House in the summer. And would you believe it – he even reviewed his accommodation for the weekend, along with the then ‘new’ Mrs. Woodford!
2015 saw Paul return to VW Festival, as well as presenting live action 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 continues 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. He balances 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 new contract to present the exciting new Motorsport News Rally Championship will keep him busy, and on-screen through the winter months.
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 seen 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.
Paul’s motor sport story continues, as part of Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision. You can still expect to see and hear Paul on a number of motoring-themed television shows, and there are more interesting projects in the pipeline. Watch this space!
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!