Reading Time: 2 minutesThe more Francophobic of my friends often ask me what’s my fascination for the old French farmhouse style? I’ve an affection for them that outpaces the inevitable rose tinted glasses of holiday memories so I guess it would be a good thing to give an explanation. Up there with the soft warmth of Scandinavian timber
Reading Time: 3 minutesSitting in a Tapas bar in Sitges in September, the thud of explosions outside made us put down the ice cold Estrella and take a look. Nobody does loud fireworks quite like the Catalonians. I can think of countries in the world where health and safety and risk assessments would stop this but the celebrations
Reading Time: 6 minutesTraffic Police. Just blokes driving about in the latest kit trying to nab you? Or a branch of the police tasked with looking at and dealing with the carnage of other people’s stupidity while trying to catch the nasty little Chavs we all hate hanging around car parks? More than four years ago, I spend
Reading Time: 4 minutesPassion in motorsport competitors can be a double edged sword. They need the motivation, the desire, the ruthless streak that’s needed for that ultimate, championship winning passing move. But that same burning desire can have negative implications if it is allowed to become dominant above all. The same passion that puts a driver or rider
Reading Time: 4 minutesWorking for a supercar experience company few years ago now, I was booked to instruct for what I’d initially thought was a junior driving day. Letting kids drive supercars is perfectly possible in the right environment and with it comes a whole new set of teaching techniques that we’ll explore another time. But a confirmation
Reading Time: 5 minutesA winter trip to Los Angeles in January left me with a spare day in between meetings. As we’d already done the tourist LA route on the Sunday while we adjusted to time zones, we decided to head out towards Chino and March AFB, home of some collections of aircraft I’d read about for many
Reading Time: 3 minutesA couple of years ago now, I was booked for some work with a batch of electric Smart cars. Very much the early generation of car at the time, their Nickel Hydride battery packs didn’t like the cold and the range was just 60 miles or so. They were prototypes, designed as ‘proof of concept’.
Reading Time: 2 minutesThis was a self assigned photo shoot and feature for Historic Racer online magazine. Sometimes, you don’t have the time to wait around for a magazine editor to give the nod, you’ve just got to go and do it. My good friend McKenna was due to shake down this beautifully restored Lola F5000 racing car
Reading Time: 2 minutesIt was truly heartening to spend the day recently at Blyton Park with the owner of a Ferrari F430 Spyder who had gone to great lengths to track down his perfect car. Nothing unusual there, I know you’re thinking. Most people in the market for a Ferrari don’t just buy the first car they see.