‘OUR NIGE’

Step forth and judge me, for I am a hypocrite. Only recently was I guilty of passing a book shop and questioning the thought process of the vast crowd gathered outside, waiting impatiently to get the latest biography or cook book signed by the author. I couldn’t quite see the point; a two-second meeting with…

CADWELL PARK: MOTORBIKES, A MANKINI & MOUNTAIN MADNESS

A major part of the appeal of British motor racing stems from the venues that its national championships visit; nowhere in the world has such a plethora of tracks that offer the most extreme of challenges. Just a few weeks ago the British Superbike championship and its roster of support packages attended Thruxton, the ultra…

WILKS RACING AT MID-SEASON

With seven races complete and just five to go, the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship is beginning its run to the finish line of 2015. Along for the ride is Wilks Racing Kawasaki, the family-run team forging their way in the championship for the first time as a fully-fledged independent outfit. For the Wilks family…

HAVE WILLIAMS FORGOTTEN HOW TO WIN?

It was the 14th of July, 1979, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Alan Jones’ Williams FW07 had spluttered to a halt 30-laps shy of a seemingly assured first Grand Prix victory. Jones had started from pole-position, thanks largely to mighty strides with the improvement of the Williams’ ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics; almost overnight, Williams…

THE MAN THEY CALL ‘McPINT’

If you were to stand at the top of Bray Hill, perhaps where High View Road faces the St Ninian’s High School green, and fired a bullet toward the base of the hill, where Stoney and Tromode Road meet, you’d be branded a lunatic and likely jailed. Sit, however, astride a 200-horsepower Superbike – Kawasaki,…

MONACO & MONTOYA

Some time ago, I dared to ponder in writing whether Formula One had ‘outgrown’ Monaco. To date it has been about the most read thing I have yet to write, not because it was any good, mind, but rather because I had been brash enough to question the principality’s place on the Grand Prix calendar;…

WILKS RACING – ALL THE SPEED BUT NONE OF THE LUCK

It’s no secret that motorcycle racing is a difficult sport in which to succeed. You can put in more effort than you ever thought possible; you could possess all the talent, determination and passion in the world, but it’s worth nothing if luck isn’t on your side. What’s more, a seemingly innocuous slip at a moist Oulton…