Motorsport accountants

Harris & Co have a long association with the motor sport industry. Phil Harris inherited an interest in all things connected with cars from his father Les, an engineer who used to go rallying at the highest level both nationally and internationally in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Phil coaxed his father out of retirement in 1981 to start his rally career and graduated to driving in the Lombard RAC Rally in 1986 and 1987. Phil is still the proud owner of a rallying Mini which was fifty years old in July 2013. It is currently being prepared by historic rallying specialists Rob Smith Rallying with a view to having a crack at a few historic rallies in the future!

See the Mini in action here:



Through his interest in motor sport, Phil Harris has developed a wide range of contacts in the industry, many of whom are clients. These clients range through:

  • garage repair workshops
  • race car manufacturers
  • car retailers (new, used and racing)
  • car restoration businesses
  • corporate hospitality companies
  • rally car preparation businesses
  • driver management companies
  • parts manufacturers
  • vintage car specialists
  • race car preparation businesses
  • radio and alarm installers
  • international race car drivers

Harris & Co have acted for several well-known national and international racing drivers.

Recently Harris & Co have advised a group of investors looking to buy a Formula 1 team as well as an historic race team and one of the world's leading restorers of classic cars.

For the last few years, Phil has also been invited to speak at Silverstone to an invited audience of drivers and teams about motorsport finances and tax.

Harris & Co thus have a first-hand knowledge of the motor industry's accounting requirements, both on day-to-day bookkeeping, payroll and taxation needs and for more specialist needs. These specialist needs include:

  • arranging funding for business start-ups, including racing teams
  • arranging funding for established businesses
  • providing financial advice for acquiring dealer franchises
  • providing financial advice for the sale of businesses

Phil's rally Mini:

Phil's Championship winning XR2


Phil's Skoda was not only quick but built like a tank!



 The Mini Cooper was 50 years old in 2013. Phil has owned it since 1976 and in 2014 it was fully restored to period rally spec by experts historic rally car engineers Rob Smith Rallying. For full details of the restoration see

Following the rebuild, Harris & Co specialist motorsport accountants held a special launch event for motorsport clients and contacts. Pictures of the event can be found on

After the rebuild, Phil debuted the car on the 2014 Ulster Rally. For full details see

Phil was recently asked to display the Mini at the Drayton Manor Park annual charity dinner alongside Sir Stirling Moss' race car from the 1950s. Sir Stirling kindly posed next to the Mini:



The Harris & Co Mini is competing in the 2015 MSA British Historic Rally Championship. The results for Round 1 (Red Kite) can be found here. The results for Round 2 (Mid Wales) can be found here.

Harris & Co, specialist motorsport accountants, have a long history in assisting up and coming drivers - for the story of how we helped one of our famous drivers click here

Learn all about Harris & Co's motorsport accountants specialism here:






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