The founder of ATS, Richard Leeke, left BMW at the end of 1980 with not much more than his pension payout – about R40 000 – and along with Ken Howes set about creating a race team which would set new standards for professionalism. This fledgling business was called Dynamech and two of its first customers were single-seater racers Graham Duxbury and Wayne Taylor. Ken looked after the preparation and Richard took care of everything else – especially looking after money, the traditional downfall of racing teams. "Because we were well organised and invariably had a ready stock of spares and supplies, everyone nearby came to us for duct tape, brake fluid, race fuel, tools – you name it," remembers Richard. "When these loaned items didn’t come back invoices were sent out, and boy, did they squeal! But eventually they accepted that if they needed something we could usually supply, and so Automotive Technology Specialists (ATS) was born!"
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