F1 2017

Winter is behind us, despite what the weather may suggest, and like a bear I emerge crusty-eyed and irritable from hibernation; I stretch my back, uncork my backside and prepare for the season ahead… I speak of course about the coming Formula One season rather than hunting season or whatever it is bears do between…

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BUMPING INTO BIG JOHN

I was on a mission. I was obsessed and I had just one target in mind. I was at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the event’s 20th anniversary, and the only thing that would make the day a success was if I met, spoke with and shook the hand of Sir Stirling Moss. I…

ROSBERG, HIS REPLACEMENT & MY TELEVISION DEBUT

In the build-up to the final Grand Prix of the year in Abu Dhabi little over a week ago, a live interview aired on Hungarian television in which an interviewee said: “I look forward to seeing what happens between those two [Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg} over the next few years”. Hungarian television is rarely…

F1 – QUALIFYING WOES & HEARTBREAK

For fifteen years I have faithfully followed Formula One. I have loved it and embraced it as a large part of my life, only once having felt let down by it, in 2005, by the farcical Grand Prix at Indianapolis. That incident wasn’t entirely the sport’s doing – Michelin had supplied tyres to the majority…

PIERS COURAGE: LAST OF THE GENTLEMAN RACERS

I don’t really do book reviews, largely because I don’t really ‘do’ books. As keen as I am to write, I read comparatively little. I pick up my monthly copy of Motor Sport and then spend two months reading a page at a time; I have a back-log building up on my desk. When I…

‘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,…