Who are we?

The Purplemeanie team is a family based in Bristol (UK) and at the moment this site is about our adventures building a Caterham 7 from a kit. The build team is John (Dad), Harry and Joe.

The Team


I am a gadget geek interested in anything hi-tech and have been running a number of different incarnations of a video communications company since 1993. Our company currently creates video communications devices, software and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. I’m an Electronics graduate but have spent a lot of the last 25 years managing software, electronics and industrial design development teams to make videophones and cloud based video communications services.

For the past 12 years the company has been focussing on creating products and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our products and services allow our users to communicate together, or with hearing people through a service called a Video Relay Service (VRS). Our customers are in the US where VRS is funded through a programme run by the FCC. Therefore, I spend a lot of my time travelling to and from the US on business.

I’ve been telling people for the past 30 years that I’m going to build a Caterham and so I guess it’s about time we made that happen! A couple of recent life events focussed our minds on the well trodden aphorism “carpe-daem” and so here we go!

In terms of qualifications for building a Caterham… dubious at best. In my past I have maintained my own cars and have rebuilt engines, differentials, etc as well as spending many hours on “old bangers” trying to keep them on the road.  I’m an avid DIY’er and can tackle most household projects: plumbing, woodworking, decorating, electrical etc. And of course I class myself an engineer, so I think I can do anything! These days I drive BMW’s with a couple of 530d Tourings in the recent past and currently a very red 330i Touring. Less recently the list of notable cars includes:

  • 911-996 C4Cab
  • E39 M5
  • Peugeot 1.9 205 GTi
  • A rather delapidated Fiat Super Mirafiori in the early 90’s.


Harry is currently a student finishing off his A-levels. He’s hoping to go to university in the autumn of 2017 but is looking forward to helping out building our Caterham in the summer before university.


Joe is studying for his GCSE’s that he’ll take in 2018. Joe is also looking forward to helping build our Caterham this summer.