Myself and other Auto Trans firm owners in Kent and SE London new him very well, he actually took me for a lap of the M25 in the Beast, shortly after the M25 was completed, and long before it became clogged with all the "clones" of today
Believe me, seriously, he didn't make it up
I can assure you that mostly all of those stories were true, some embellished by the press, but there was plenty of truth in all of them.
Back in the 80's / 90's there was nowhere near the amount of traffic on the roads, Police didn't have the vehicles and tech they have today, none of us had any respect for them, (still dont TBF), and it was common place to outrun them for a laugh !!
The most powerful thing a few cops had back then was some rather asthmatic V8 3500 Rovers, which would do around 120 flat out downhill with a tailwind
There was no ANPR or Cameras, it was a proper fair game back then !!
John was a real character who I had the pleasure of knowing fairly well when I had my Auto Transmission firm, (30 years odd), John also had a Trans firm in UK
We all knew each other back then and swapped parts and knowledge with each other. After the RR Court case he went to Spain and set up an Auto Trans shop, I believe that shop is shown in one of the videos above when he took the Car out to Marbella.
There was a lot of guys didn't like him and thought he was a bullsh 1 tter, rumours in the media back then, reports like it wasn't a real Spitfire Engine, (it deffo was, I know which airfield it came from) !!
Also rubbish like he didn't ride the Horse to court, jeezus it was actually photographed well at that time, and the bank robber story, well OK they hadn't robbed a bank, but they were robbers fleeing a well known scene, yes it did happen, yes he did fly over the block of flats waving at his neighbours etc etc etc etc.
JD was an absolute legend, and yeah he got dissed by folks who had never even met the man !!
The UK needs more guys like us here today !! Folks don't believe half my stories, but they are true, I'm no bragger, I don't care
OH, btw, I just remembered, back in that era I also towed a powerboat down the M2 to Cuxton at 120mph with that Range Rover above, it was only when I pulled off at the Cuxton turn off that I saw blue lights flashing, a way behind me, I carried on to Kent Boat and Ski Club and pulled into the Car Park, about a minute after I got out of the Rangey I saw the Ford Escort 1300 pull in behind me ........................
I got a rollocking, but since he had no calibrated speedo nor radar etc in that patrol car he couldn't actually nick me