Racing heritage

Rob Kirby is a former British racing driver. He began his career in 1974 driving his Mini Cooper S in stage race rallies culminating with winning the 1985 British Saloon Car Championships in his Class, driving an Alfa GTV 6 for the Alfa Romeo Dealer Team.


In conjunction with racing, Rob also built his cars and many of the other racecars driven by the Alfa Dealer Team. In 1980 Rob was invited to guest drive the Napolina GTV 2 Litre with driver John Dooley and in the following year progressed to driving for the Alfa Dealer Team in the Saloon car championships.


In 1985 Rob moved into the current Premier Garage site where he combined racing and preparing cars with running a petrol forecourt and garage repair business.  

Alfa Romeo GTV6 race car restoration / Harrison Kirby

In 2017 Rob Kirby's son, Harrison started the immense task of restoring his fathers Alfa Romeo GTV6. With incredible skill and dedication he is on the way to reaching his ambition of getting the GTV6 back on the track and racing. We are very proud that after a break of 30 years our 'Racing Heritage' is coming back to life. 

We will continue to add updates here on the progress of the GTV6 restoration follow our Facebook page @PremierGarageNewport for notifications.

One of Rob’s personal highlights of his professional racing career was in 1989 guest driving a VW Golf GTI in the Willhire 25 hour.  Rob and co driver, Nick Baughn took the Golf to 1st in class and 2nd overall. 1989 was the only year the annual race had been run over 25 hours rather than 24 to celebrate Willhire’s 25th anniversary.

Premier Garage


Independently owned vehicle repair and MOT garage, established in 1985 from a passion in motor racing and preparing race cars.

We take pride in providing excellent quality service at competitive prices, for all cars and light commercial vehicles.

Premier Garage,

High Street, Newport Saffron Walden 

CB11 3PE

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Mon: 8am - 5:30pm

Tue: 8am - 5:30pm

Wed: 8am - 5:30pm

Thu: 8am - 5:30pm

Fri: 8am - 5:30pm
​​Sat/Sun: Closed

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