John Buckingham, forever etched into racing folklore in 1967 thanks to his epic success on Foinavon, is facing up to missing only his second Grand National since.
Buckingham admits he is surprised by the number of people who still greet him-among them those who thank him for making them a small fortune-following that most amazing of victories, achieved at 100-1 in the 1967 renewal of the Aintree showpiece, when his mount was somehow able to avoid the carnage at the 23rd fence and make the best of his way home.
The fates have been kind to Buckingham, given that he sold the valet business, which he ran with his brother Tom, before the onset of foot and mouth which, along with the weather, has left work in short supply.
Buckingham says: "Tom has been very ill, and the doctors advised him to pack up.
Buckingham remembers the 1967 foot and mouth epidemic all too well, coming as it did six months after his career high.
As for Aintree, Buckingham has seen plenty of changes and, although he understands the efforts to make the course safer, he admits to having mixed feelings.
In 1990 the Buckinghams introduced a do-it-yourself kitchen kit which provides all the design plans and assembled units to renovate a kitchen.
The Buckinghams say product quality and customer service are what give them a leg up on their competitors.
While the Buckinghams enjoy having a reputation as the highest-priced outlet in Sudbury, some customers still don't believe that they charge enough for their work.
The most the Buckinghams have charged to renovate a single kitchen was $15,000.
Sudbury born and bred, the Buckinghams left the city in the mid-1970s when Russell joined the OPP detachment in Nipigon.