John is a Company Director in the family engineering business Cope Engineering (Radcliffe) Limited and started rallying at 17 competing as a driver on road rallies with various MK 2 Escorts.
Following the changes to the road rally rules In 1988, he took a sabbatical for 3 years before building a clubman Grp A Sierra. John progressed to stage rallies in 1992 with some success, notably his favorite event, Mull where he finished 8th and 9th in consecutive years.
In 1996, John acquired a Group N Escort Cosworth to compete and challenge for the 1997 Group N Tarmac championship, which he won.
This was replaced in 2002 with a full Group A version with which he finished 2nd and 4th on Mull and saw him claim his first outright stage rally victory in 2002.
He also stepped up to compete on the Manx International and recorded a fine 9th overall, the Jim Clark and Ulster International rallies, but with the homologation of the Escort due to lapse at the end of 2004, John bought a Subaru Impreza WRC.
This is a Prodrive built machine which Andrew Nesbitt/Nial Maguire won the Irish/Dunlop tarmac championship with in 2000/20002 respectively and he has now competed on several events with the car, claiming several outright victory’s and a succession of excellent results on Mull and elsewhere.
Clive has become John's regular Co-Driver ....
Clive is a Director of TLS (Blackburn) Ltd. A company he formed in 2009 after working in Logistics for over 32 years.
He has been involved in Motorsport for the majority of his life, with his interest fuelled through his late father Brian Molyneux the founder of the Tour Of Mull Rally.
His motorsport career started in the late 70's when he navigated on local night rallies with a team called 'The Station Garage' from Blackburn. In 1990 he moved into stage rallying and teamed up with a young driver called Nick Hutchinson and competed in the Nova GSi Challenge for several years.
More recently Clive has co-driven for Blackburn driver Nigel Worswick. In 1996 the pair competed on the Network Q and missed out on a top 10 place by a mere 1 second. They later went on to win the Cambrian rally by 1 second which made amends for the disappointment. In 2009 he retired himself from co-driving to concentrate on setting up and running his business, but In 2014 Clive came out of retirement to compete on the Mull Rally with John, they were rewarded with a fabulous third overall.
Alongside his co-driving activities Clive has been on the organising committee for the Tour Of Mull for nearly 40 years. In 2000 he took the role as Clerk of The Course (after being Deputy Clerk for the previous 7 years) and continued in that role till the 2300Club stood down for running the event in 2009. He has the dubious record of being the longest standing Clerk of The Course the event has had.
Clive is married to Marie and between them have 4 children, Carl, Hayley, Brad & Chloe. A keen supporter of Burnley Football Club which keeps him occupied most Saturdays when he's not competing.