Originally a draughtsman and record player manufacturer, Connew attempted one of the more unlikely F1 entries, after initially working with Surtees to help construct Formula 5000 cars. In the 1980's, he became a design specialist for Jaguar and Daimler specialist. Now based mostly in Essex, as an independent design consultant, but also works with Ford. His work had taken him to the Far East in recent years as well. Currently also working on reconstructing his own F1 car.