AUSTRALIAN V8 SUPERCARS – A GUILTY PLEASURE

At a time when economy and efficiency are buzzwords in motorsport, when Formula One is accelerating towards a greener future and an all-electric racing series – Formula E – is on the horizon, it will perhaps soon be a novelty to have motor racing brought to you by a good ol’ fuel guzzling, ear splitting V8 engine.…

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TWO WHEEL’S APPEAL

A friend of mine doesn’t really ‘do’ ‘bikes. Four wheels are more his thing, two just don’t have the same appeal. Each to their own, I suppose but I have to agree, motorcycle racing doesn’t have the same appeal as its four-wheeled alternative, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, for me and many more,…

GROUP B: SPEED, GRAVEL AND DEATH

The World Rally Championship is going through tough times currently with dwindling TV coverage and less stage-spectators than ever before. For the younger generation of motor racing fans it’s therefore difficult to imagine a time when the WRC was more popular than even Formula One. A television documentary, recently shown again, has taken a closer…

ME, SIR STIRLING AND THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Never meet your heroes, they say. You will build them up to be something extraordinary and you’ll be left disheartened and upset when they turn out to be nothing special, or worse, a bit of an arse. So they say. On Saturday 13th of July 2013 I met my hero. Disheartened? Upset? Not in the…

IT’S ALL OR NOTHING, T.K

Every now and again, a fairytale will come true, you just have to believe. And nobody has believed in their fairytale more than Tony Kanaan. Too few people will appreciate or comprehend the emotion of the 2013 Indy 500, and the words that follow will struggle to convey such passion and happiness. Tony Kanaan, after…

WATCH THIS

In over a decade of following motor sport I’ve watched thousands of races; from Formula One, Touring cars, NASCAR, Rallying, two-wheeled stuff and many more. Yet, I cannot recall a finish quite like the one below. It’s an Indy Lights race – a stepping stone series to IndyCar – at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and…

INDYCAR – THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN SPORT AND SHOW

  The world of motor racing is an odd, confusing and turbulent place right now. The balance between ‘sport’ and ‘show’ is being thrown out of whack by ‘technological gimmicks’ and ‘artificial racing’ – super-degradable tyres and DRS have called into question the purity of Formula One and the gimmicks ‘for the good of the…

NASCAR’S CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

I’m fast becoming a big fan of this NASCAR business, and although my fanaticism is in its infancy I’m getting a good understanding of the hype that surrounds the sport across the pond in America. It’s fascinating to witness the likes of American heroes Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jnr and Formula One refugee Juan Pablo…

ENDURANCE RACING – I WAS WRONG

I confess, while motor racing holds my attention like nothing else on earth, endurance racing has never really appealed to me. I’m ashamed to admit that I found the likes of the 12 Hours of Sebring or, dare I say it, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a tad tedious – I am a fool…

MOTOR RACING’S DARKEST DAY

Without the element of danger, would motor racing be as appealing? I don’t think so. Sir Stirling Moss has always believed that the danger and risk involved in racing is a fundamental part of the sport’s appeal and he may be right. However, on June 11th 1955 that danger lead to death and destruction in sickening abundance as motor…