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David Baines was born in 1965 in London and was educated at Kingsbrook College in Northamptonshire. He began racing Karts at the age of fourteen having raised sponsorship from the Parish Rector. Super Karts and then Formula Ford followed but tests in Formula Three and Touring Cars led nowhere. Subsequently he instructed extensively at racing schools across the country and has raced historic cars. David’s formative years were spent working in the family hotel business; while his father, the great Rolls-Royce influence on his life, continued his career as an airline pilot. Very close to Silverstone, the hotel was used by some of the best drivers of the day including Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Alan Jones and Ayrton Senna.

He has contributed to the Daily Telegraph and many motoring magazines as well as writing copy for some major companies, many within the motorsport industry.
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Why Not? The Story of the Honourable Charles Stuart Rolls by David Baines cover

Today he is most famous for the partnership he forged with Henry Royce to form Rolls-Royce, a name that today is as synonymous with excellence as it was then. Yet Rolls was a national hero long before he met Royce in 1904.