Hugo Spowers had a privileged upbringing.
His father William – an Australian – established the books department at Christie’s auction house and was an avid horticulturalist – establishing one of the country’s largest private arboretums.
Spowers credits his environmentalism to weekends working in the gardens.
‘I grew up wanting to make wildlife documentaries’ he says.
‘Then at 15 I caught the motor racing bug’.
After Eton,he studied engineering science at Oxford and fell in with the Dangerous Sports Club – a society that became notorious for staging extreme and surreal stunts.
The group is credited with inventing zorbing and bungee jumping; Spowers claims to be the first ever to jump head first.