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Waking up to Le Mans

Confession time. I have always been a bit sceptical about the Le Mans 24 Hours. There is nothing to doubt about its prestige, or the special challenge it presents. It clearly is one of the most important races on the planet. But as a spectacle to watch on television, I have always been a bit […]

How to survive a ‘moment’

Here is an incredible video of three times British Rally Champion Mark Higgins losing control of his car at 150mph with a journalist on board at the Isle of Man TT (via dank_ross). Higgins describes it as “the biggest moment of my life”. But the journalist looks nonchalant! It is an incredible save. It reminded […]

Stefan Mücke, the racetrack is no place for revenge

I have become a big fan of the FIA GT1 World Championship in the past year or so. The recently-revamped championship has done what had previously seemed impossible — it has made GT racing exciting. But it has also developed a reputation for some pretty poor driving standards. No race goes by without some silly […]

Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement

On Sunday, motorsport fans around the world will be tuning in to watch one of the sport’s most prestigious events, the Indianapolis 500. The following day will be the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Indianapolis 500, the first running of this famous race. Marking the centenery, Ralph Kramer’s book Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement […]

Grand Prix posters

I recently received this print as a gift. It is a poster advertising the 5th Monaco Grand Prix, held in 1933. Doesn’t it look great? A great deal has changed in the past 78 years. But this is unmistakably Monaco — the exit of the famous tunnel, with the harbour to the left and the […]

Is this the year to start watching MotoGP again?

It is a given that I love motorsport. But there is also no doubting that my interest is primarily in cars, especially single-seaters. Over the past ten or so years I have always kept an eye on MotoGP, but it is a relationship that blows hot and cold. Last year in particular was a pretty […]

Incredible Le Mans Series start failure

This is from today’s Le Mans Series race at Le Castellet. Is this one of the biggest failures of race organisation possible? The safety car doesn’t peel in. Yellow flags continue to wave. Yet the green lights switch on to signal the start of the race. Chaos ensues. As many have pointed out, it is […]