JEFF Stock hopes Formula One aces Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will get behind the wheel of his roadsweeper when it keeps the asphalt clean at the British Grand Prix.
The 49-year-old boss of Stocks Sweepers Ltd has his eye on motor racing royalty after giving Prince Edward a crash-course in how to drive his £109,000 truck during the Earl’s visit on Thursday.
The vehicle – which travelled at a sensible 56mph to Edinburgh following the Prince’s visit to Vantage Point Business Village in Mitcheldean – will be employed for three days to ensure the Silverstone track is clear and safe enough for F1 drivers to race at breakneck speeds from July 4 to 6.
Jeff’s truck, which is emblazoned in Union Flag livery, only takes about six days to put together once the main body and chassis is built.
He said: “We are really proud of what we do and we are the only British-owned company.
“But going to the Grand Prix will be a big thing and with that livery, hopefully, it will encourage Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to drive it.
“We were invited there three years ago and have gone every year since and, hopefully, we will do that forever.
“It is a fantastic opportunity but not such a straightforward one,” he said, as staff will have to sweep the track at 6am before qualifying and before the Grand Prix on the Sunday.
Stocks Sweepers Ltd employs more than 30 people and with a busy order book until next October, the company is planning to expand its workspace from the existing 12,000sqft to 34,000sqft.
Since Jeff bought his first JCB digger at the age of 18, he went on to operate and hire out sweepers before refurbishing them and finally becoming a manufacturer of his own.
Now the firm has a £3.2million turnover and last year manufactured 25 sweepers, a third of which go overseas – some as far as Australia and Canada.
Jeff, whose family lives at Sedbury Park, said: “I am not looking for world domination but I am looking to export as far and wide as possible which brings some more shillings to the British Isles.”