Richard Kitchen was born in Winchester, and grew up in Eastleigh, near Southampton.
He developed a love of cars from a very early age, and grew to become obsessed by all things automotive. Despite starting a career in IT, his love of TVRs turned into a business in 2012, when he took over the running of Southways Automotive Ltd, now a renowned classic TVR specialist. A father of three boys, and husband to a long-suffering wife, Richard has restored, or had a first-hand in the body-off chassis restorations of many TVRs over the past few years. He owns a TVR S1 and an S2, and previously owned a Chimaera 400.