Rex Edward Caunt, Born 4th January 1947.
Rex left Grammar School at 15 and trained at Gents Clocks Leicester in the electroplating shop.
At an early age he could ride a motorcycle and he set off on a 1923 Scott Squirrel from Leicester to Somerset.
His father, Harold Edward raced at Donington Park from the first 1931 meeting, won Grass Track championships post war and was team mechanic for Leicester Hunters Speedway whilst running HEC Motorcycles from 1936 to 1956.
Answering an advert Rex joined Heldun Engineering which took him to the border area of Wales to build road and race motorcycles. That business failed and Rex returned to Leicester and joined the Yamaha Agency, A E Milne & Son Motorcycles. Factory trained by Yamaha he also rode many of the bikes including his 1,000cc Brough at Mallory, until joining Chris Vincent at Earl Shilton as chief mechanic, Mot tester etc.
In the year 1966 Rex bought his first racing motorcycle, the ex Fred Andre Moto Rumi Junior (imported by Fred 1955 and raced 1956 to 1959). This is when he started his competitive racing.
The Rumi engine was replaced with a Yamaha 125 AS1, later water cooled and transferred to a Spondon Engineering frame. On this machine Rex gained a 13th place in his first TT ride in 1972.
Both Mallory and Cadwell were amongst his favourite circuits with many a battle against other Yamaha riders for top places.
Some racing abroad followed and he bought a Morbidelli and TZ 250 which Bruce Gavin also raced.
Rex’s race career spanned for nearly 20 years from the mid 1960’s until the late 1980’s.
Rex started Rex Caunt Racing in the late 1980s to prepare race engines for other competitors. He later built electronic ignition systems to his own designs after studying electronics and also designed 2 stroke exhaust systems.
Eventually he settled on BSA Bantams as a business venture supplying many pattern parts through his website.
Since mid 2020 Rex decided to take a back seat from the business and introduced his daughter Michelle who is now solely running the business since Rex’s retirement.