Magic in France

I will try to paint a picture with words for you. Then leave you with no words and just a lot of pictures to try and describe my week at Le Mans.

It’s 7:02 pm on Thursday afternoon, June 13. I have been holding onto my good friend and ace snapper, Camden Thasher’s waist for the last 20 minutes as we trundle out into the French countryside on a scooter. With a track this massive, that uses mostly public roads, you have to drive miles out of the way, to get to where you want. We finally arrive at our destination, a fast section of the track between Mulsanne corner and Indianapolis, known as “the kink”. The birds are chirping and the forest is alive around us. The tall pines are quietly blowing in the breeze as the 7pm qualifying session gets underway. Miles and miles away, the cars are rolling onto to the track. A slight buzzing sound turns to a ever louder roar as the field of 56 begins to work it’s way around the circuit. Then at over 200 miles per hour, one by one, the cars roar, scream, rumble and whisper past. Each blasting a different note into the French forest. It is amazing. I could stand there all day watching and listening. The speed they come past is truly staggering. There is nothing but a small armco and a forest at your back to protect you should the worst happen. It is magic. For 83 years, cars have run this race and it is like nothing else on Earth. Read More…

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A Hero Comes Home

I was sitting on my couch watching the halftime show of the 2015 NFL Super Bowl. Anyone that’s a fan of car racing had been told to hold their breath for a massive announcement by Japanese manufacturer Nissan, and it’s future racing car. So there I waited. And then it came. A multi million dollar ad aired on primetime during the US’s biggest sporting event which officially announced what we all had heard rumors of, and gave us a first glimpse of a race car unlike we had seen before. Different in every way. Nissan was going back to Le Mans after 15 years absence with a wild and radical front wheel drive, front engined monster.  Read More…

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Long Live Monaco

Monaco. It is a race that has to be seen to be believed. Even when the racing action is less than exhilarating, Monaco is a magical place to watch racing cars. Read More…

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Back to School

Lamborghini Super Trofeo has had the world’s longest off-season. We ended 2014 in fantastic fashion at the famed Road Atlanta sports car course outside Atlanta Georgia in early October, then everyone went into hibernation. 7 long months later, the cars emerged again at Laguna Seca, California. But emerged this time, better than ever. Read More…

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The Future

Formula E. Is it the future? Many would argue yes. A battery powered open wheel race car? Until recently, the technology wasn’t available to even consider such a racing series as a possibility. But now, in it’s first year as a series, Formula E is well and truly off the ground. Still with plenty of growing pains in both the cars, circuit and management side, it hasn’t been a total failure, but not a total success either.  Read More…

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Formula 1 Dawn

I love winter testing. Not everyone does, but I do.

The long days allow for plenty of opportunities to make art with the new cars pounding around lap after lap after lap. You can learn so much about the cars, the drivers and the teams. It still boggles my mind that so many journalists keep their asses planted in the media center watching a live timing screen, and occasionally poking their head over the desk to see which car is coming in pitlane and what tire it is running on. Instead, no matter what the climate or weather conditions, I’d rather be trackside. Read More…

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Exhaustion

There is a first for everything. The 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona was my first. My first time to the famed banked oval by the beach. My first 24 hour race. It was everything I thought it would be, and much more. More fun. More exciting. Definitely more exhausting. Read More…

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Long Overdue

Lewis Hamilton is a lot of things. Fast. Talented. Moody. Larger than life. Modern. A little bit gangster. A lot of personality. He is a character in Formula 1. In an age when F1 seems to be giving drives to people without personality, Lewis can be a breath of fresh air. Each day he walks through the paddock turnstile gates, you never know which Lewis you’ll get. The confident young guy eager to throw his car around as fast as he bloody can? Or an inward, seemingly emotionally unstable guy unsure of who and what he is at that moment in time. Read More…

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All In

In a gambling mecca like Macau, “All In” is something you might hear fairly frequently at the casinos that line the streets of this “special administrative” region of China. Bet big, and there is the possibility you win big. But it’s also just as likely you lose big too. Read More…

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Hallowed Walls

Macau. Where do I even begin?

I’ll let Red Bull’s F1 star Daniel Ricciardo do the talking. “I love street circuits and Macau is the ultimate street circuit. It’s big, it’s ballsy. It’s Monaco but twice the length and even crazier.” For those unfamiliar, Macau is a small “Special Administrative” region on the coast of china. Much like Hong Kong, Macau is not subject to the strict rules of mainland China. What you get is a sexy, Asian Las Vegas….and it just so happens to hold one wild street race.  Read More…

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