Remember when you were at school, bored, bored, bored? Gazing out of the window at that blue sky of 1976, your mind daydreaming away about racing cars until you're brought back into the room by the teacher barking your name, or clipping your ear. Look down into your ruled, dog eared exercise book where you've been doodling pictures of racing cars in the margin. If you were a school kid of the sixties and seventies, this car is probably what you drew. Long, thin, cigar shaped body. Incredibly … [Read more...] about Lucky Number Seven – 1968 Lola T140 F5000 On Track
Drive - Automotive Thoughts and The Process of Driving
I've worked in the automotive and motorsport industries for several decades, from selling specialist cars to working as a freelance writer and, for more than a decade, as a professional track driver coach.
Today, automotive work forms a smaller part of my life. However, the driving element of my life still forms a strong creative outlet for me.
While for many, driving is an evil to be endured, to get to and from work. For me, on the right roads, in the right car, on the right day, it forms a vital part of my creative output.
It's also one of the places in my life where I achieve 'flow', a subject I will be writing much more about.
The ignition key is tiny, with a black grip worn by the passage of time. The door key plain metal and even smaller. I scoop them up and walk towards it, bright red paint shining in the sunlight as only a Ferrari can wear, chisel edged front spoiler like a blade at shin height, four driving lights recessed deep below that. Beyond the curve of the front wings and the jet fighter-like rake of the windscreen, there are those iconic door mirrors, up high on stalks to give the driver a view rearwards … [Read more...] about Ferrari 288GTO Driven
Sitting in the sunshine at Lincolnshire's Blyton Park Circuit, the pretty TVR Grantura before us probably has more racing experience that all of the people here combined. One of only 90 Mk 3 cars manufactured by the TVR factory. Chassis Number: 9/686 was supplied brand new in 1963, to Motor Imports and the Peter Owen race team in Sydney, Australia. It was road registered as DJL 370. The story goes that Peter contacted TVR and was appointed the main distributor for Australia, though those who … [Read more...] about 1963 TVR Grantura Racer – All The Way From Australia
Steady rain is dripping down my neck as I swing the buckle of the ratchet strap over centre to release it. The webbing is soaked and dirty from the road spray it's collected en-route to the track and I can feel the water being expelled between my fingers as I pull the reluctant, rain swollen strap through the slot, the final part flicking up past my face, spitting more dirty road water down my cheek. I love it when that happens. The rest of the straps are now undone and the Frazer Nash is … [Read more...] about The 1935 Elektron Frazer Nash Racer on Track
I had a chance conversation with a long time Porsche owner this past weekend. Based in the UK, he's owned no less than twenty Porsche 911's of various vintages across the years. Some, such as his tuned 996 Turbo 4 and his 996 GT3RS, he still owns. They're keepers. We talked about early Porsches and though I'd met this guy in the past it had been in a non-Porsche context, I'd no idea he was such a Porsche fan, nor as knowledgeable as he obviously was. Then he made a startling admission. He turned … [Read more...] about The Man Who Turned Down a GT3RS 4.0