As a young man Peter built and raced Formula 3 cars but was soon bitten by the aviation bug. With three friends he built and flew a Jodel D117 which won the coveted Wilkinson Sword trophy at the 1979 PFA Rally. They were back at the 1983 Rally, having restored a Casa Jungmann for which they won the John Randall trophy. He subsequently embarked on a more difficult project - to build a Jurca Sirocco from plans. He first flew this in 2009.
In the early 1990s there were only two British companies still building aircraft engines in the UK - Rolls Royce and MidWest Engines. Mid-West produced two models of a Wankel engine based on a Norton motorcycle power unit. Peter was part owner of the latter company, but now owns and runs a company which restores classic racing cars and aircraft and which overhauls the Merlin, Griffon and Wright Cyclone engines of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, but he remains very much an aviator, still owning and flying his Sirocco.