Sunday morning is hard today. She’s not here. My dog is gone. Yesterday, I made the journey that anyone who has a dog will always dread. The final trip to the vet that you know at the outset will see you returning home alone. So as I write this, with red eyes, it’s quite early on Sunday morning and there was no wagging tail to greet me at the foot of the stairs, tongue lolling out and smiling, asking to bounce out into the garden. Clicking the kettle on, there’s only the cat sitting … [Read more...] about Farewell Big Dog
We live in a fast moving world with always-on social media channels. The demands on our lives have never been greater in terms of the diversity, yet are we all any happier?
I used to believe that humanity wasn't, yet I have now changed that view. I believe that as a species we are capable of remarkable things and are proving that each week. It's simply that our in build negativity, added to media that thrives on it, never lets these positives be seen.
There is an incredibly positive world out there. We need simply need to discover it.
A random thought occurred to me this week. Coming across a Porsche Cayman R in a car park, the subtle differences in stance of the R was more apparent than normal. As parked a short distance away, there was a plain, vanilla flavoured 2.7. The lower ride height, the fixed blade type rear spoiler and the carbon ceramic brakes in this example were more apparent than normal. So my thought was. "Will the Cayman R ever become a collectable Porsche?" The Cayman was, of course, a great seller for … [Read more...] about Will The Porsche Cayman R Ever Be a Collectable Porsche?
Air cooled Porsches, black and white analogue photography and a Leica rangefinder. What’s not to like? Bart Kuykens’ project A Flat Six Love Affair is quite probably heaven on so many levels. Watching him in the film opening another roll of Kodak 35mm brings back many happy memories for me. Memories of a time when photography wasn’t quite as urgent, as instant as it has to be today. When photo shoots were more leisurely affairs, the moments of changing over film rolls were punctuation marks to … [Read more...] about For The Love of Analogue
Looking back on my early experiences in selling and the automotive industry, I realise now just how fortunate I was. My first full time job in trainee car sales way back was a gentle introduction to the ethos of building relationships with customers that ensure not just a sale, but continued repeat business. The dealership was a family owned organisation, we saw the owner each day and my immediate boss had customers who simply wouldn’t deal with anyone else. What I initially found … [Read more...] about The Good Fortune to Be Mentored By Those Who Care About Customers
Last summer marked the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme in Europe. On 1st July 1916, the Allies began an offensive that saw more than 19,000 men killed on the first day. As part of the commemorations, I travelled to northern France with The Yorkshire Air Museum. They were asked to provide an AVRO 504K to display at the Thiepval Memorial on the 1st of July to represent the Royal Flying Corps, which went on to become the RAF. Working with them in a digital media … [Read more...] about Memories of Thiepval – One Year On
On 1st July this year, it will be 100 years since the commencement of what became known as the Battle of The Somme. Today, as we enjoy travelling around Europe, we often pass by the roadside memorials to that period of conflict in our history. In any French or Belgian village, there will be a memorial to the people of that village that left and never returned. Its easy to become desensitised to these small stone placements. But this figure will perhaps bring home what happened in that period, … [Read more...] about 100 Years ago, 19,240 Fell In One Day. The Somme Began.
Ok, it has to be said. I've been quiet long enough. At first, I thought it was just me. My love of lightweight classic Porsche 911's was clouding my judgement. But as I spoke to others, I realised I was not alone. I’m talking about RAUH- Welt Begriff and those horrible cartoon Porsches. In the same way that I view a certain Trans Atlantic Porsche guru’s cars as a fine example of the Emperor’s New Clothes, so I'm feeling the hate for RWB. My hatred has nothing to do with good old RWB-San … [Read more...] about The… Errrr… Amazing RAUH Welt Begriff Porsches
I had a couple of texts and emails this morning from people who still are in touch from my previous life in vehicle sales. It seems that UK car sales are at an all time high and the UK registered more than 2.6 million cars last year. There’s lots and lots of opinions and headlines out there, with some saying that the ‘good times’ are back after the panics of 2008 and the ‘Scrappage’ schemes, while others are saying that it’s a false figure due to self registration. In the comments sections … [Read more...] about The UK Car Sales Registrations vs Actual Car Sales
As I write this, it’s becoming clear that the Volkswagen scandal of Dieselgate is going to run and run for quite a while. If you thought that Toyota and Lexus got a kicking to their brand a few years ago, that will quite possibly pale into insignificance. Since the story broke, many people have been asking me for my views. It's now gradually emerging just how many cars have this evasive software installed globally and as it unfolds, the automotive and environmental governing bodies across … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s Dieselgate and Why It’s Not Surprising
This past ten years, I’ve had a disconnect with our political system in the UK. Some of their antics over the last decade or so, both domestically and internationally, have left me wondering which planet they were on. They were taking decisions which to me looked crazy. "Don’t these people read history? Here we go again….” My frustrations built, both against the ruling parties and the political opposition. NOTE - This post isn’t going to degenerate into a hate on any particular party. … [Read more...] about Why It’s Important To Vote. Why I Did and Why I Nearly Didn’t.
In 2001, after years in the motor industry, I started out as a professional photographer. Back then, we had lovely Mamiya 645 cameras, 120 roll film, lightboxes, dev labs. After collecting the rolls from the lab, my work was done. Many people still wish it was so, but personally, I love the digital, multi-media world we now inhabit. It’s meant honing and developing skills that were previously dormant, some from collage years, but now form part of my ‘toolbox’ of things I think are essential for … [Read more...] about Ten Multi-skills Everyone Needs in Today’s Content Creation World
You don't often see the eyes of a fast jet pilot. They're nearly always hidden and anonymously cool, either behind a suitably chic pair of aviator shades, or the ominous Star Wars sinister smoked visor of the helmet as they taxi by, engines whistling at Ground Idle taxi setting. But sometimes, you get an idea of the mind set of the low level fast jet pilot when you catch a glimpse of the eyes. A few years ago now, Sunderland Airshow, the largest free airshow in the UK and possibly … [Read more...] about The Eyes of a Fast Jet Pilot
As Lexus roll out the NX SUV, the Lexus F Series becomes ever more popular and we look forward to the launch of the RC F Coupe in the UK, I'm reminded fondly of many happy and sometimes frustrating times. You see, I was one of the original Lexus salesmen in the UK, way back in 1990. Back then, there were just a couple of dozen, carefully vetted, Lexus dealers. Indeed, we missed the initial launch by a few months while we moved to a new showroom to meet the criteria. In the USA of course, … [Read more...] about Brand Building – How Lexus Dealers Started From Scratch in 1990
A couple of years ago, I was asked to create a Shane Lynch interview for one of the Japanese performance magazines. At the time, his big passion was drifting a Nissan Skyline in the British championship. He was also very much in demand for TV work, Boyzone appearances and other professional commitments, so our initial time slot was just a few minutes. However, get him talking about cars, driving and motorsport and he visibly relaxes, enjoying his time away from the cameras. Here's the full … [Read more...] about Shane Lynch – Rock Star Racing Driver
I guess that ever since I was around five years old, I’ve been ‘into’ cars, especially old ones. Across the years I’ve driven many, many cars, so this is a strange admission for anyone in my position to make. It may not be wise to be saying so, but the truth is that until recently, I’d never driven a Jaguar E Type. In fact, I’d only ever sat in one for the briefest of moments, despite probably having had several opportunities over the years. Perhaps it’s a been a ‘Don’t Meet Your Hero’ thing. … [Read more...] about Confessions of an E Type Virgin
This TV ad was made back in 2007, but it's still one of our favourites. A superb cross section of racing cars through the ages, shot in location across the world and presented in chronological order throughout the advert. Spot how many you recognise and also how mny of the locations are familiar too. And just in case you're muttering "CGI" under your breath, here's how it was done... … [Read more...] about Shell Ferrari, ‘The Circuit’ TV Advert