Friends call him Captain Sensible - but Shaun is now a Daft Dad winner

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SHAUN Adams is always joking around – and that’s why we’ve decided to make him the winner of The News Daft Dad competition.

The 57-year-old catamaran captain from Gosport was chosen after daughter Nikki Cook secretly submitted a picture of him imitating a statue of wrestler Hulk Hogan in a car and memorabilia museum in Malta.

Nikki, pictured, said: ‘When he goes out he’s very sensible, never drinking too much. His friends even call him Captain Sensible.

‘But at home he can be very silly. He’s got three grandchildren and is always being daft and making them laugh.

‘For instance, when mum tells him to get ready to go out, he’ll come out with his trousers pulled high up above his waist.’

When Shaun, of Testcombe Road, Gosport, found out he’d won he laughed: ‘Wait until I see Nikki!’

His wife, Karen, added: ‘This is a lovely surprise.’

We had a good selection of photos of wacky dads sent in for our Father’s Day contest, but there could only be one winner.

Shaun gets a great day out at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday, July 3, with two admission tickets plus two ‘roving’ grandstand seats to allow the best view of action on the famous hillclimb course.

The Festival of Speed is the world’s biggest celebration of the history of motorsport. Shaun, who plans to take his son-in-law, Ed Cook, will be able to see a huge number of driving heroes up close, including today’s F1 stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Mark Webber, plus legends including Sir Stirling Moss and Nigel Mansell.

The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed is Racing Revolutions – Quantum Leaps That Shaped Motorsport.

Away from the track, there is the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’elegance, a glimpse into the future of transportation at FoS-TECH, plus a forest rally stage, a special Junior Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Action Sports arena, featuring different types of extreme two-wheeled sport.

Shaun joined the Merchant Navy when he was 16 and then served in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary before joining Wightlink. He is now a catamaran captain sailing between Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

A classic car enthusiast, he will be working the night before his big day out at the Festival of Speed and won’t get home until 7am.

But he’s ready to go without sleep to soak up the atmosphere and see racing cars old and new in action.