Race car driving vicar Simon Butler with his car at the Rinus Business Park in Darwen, Lancashire. See SWNS story SWTPvicar. A vicar of 17 years is defying stereotypes - by moonlighting as a RACECAR DRIVER. Simon Butler, 42, looks after 12 churches in rural Hampshire - which he juggles alongside motor racing. The dad-of-three began go-kart racing in his early teens and his passion grew as he continued to work to become a vicar. And next year, Simon, who lives in Upton Grey, will even be travelling to France to compete in the iconic Le Mans race.