I’m Pat and I watch too much racing – although I don’t watch as much as I did when I started this blog.
I read more articles and blog posts about motorsports than is surely healthy. I’ve got a stack of books to read but never seem to find the time because I’m watching races, listening to podcasts or reading the monthly magazines. People say I should stop and get a hobby. This is my hobby.
I was born in 1980 and live in a small town in the South West of England.
I’ve been watching racing since I was a kid in the late 80s, and like a typical British F1 fan in the late 1980s you can blame Nigel Mansell and Williams for that. I seriously got into the detail of F1 from the late 90s, then one day realised watching several series was much more fun than knowing one series to a ridiculous level of detail. Ever since then I decreased my obsession with F1 and broadened my interests to MotoGP (500cc as it was), IndyCar (CART), WEC, touring cars and a bit of rally.
I prefer writing to talking but writing is quite hard sometimes. It can take ages to write a blog post and then it turns out to be very long! I really like Tweeting. I’m cursed with fast typing fingers so I tweet a lot. I retweet even more.
My focus is on F1, IndyCar, MotoGP and big-time sportscars with a spot of touring cars. I’d follow NASCAR but nobody in their right mind can stay on top of 36 x 4-hour races plus a bunch of support categories, especially when half the races go on after midnight.
I’m not a journalist and have no interest in being one, that said I do believe in being responsible especially on social media.
I set up this blog in 2008 to share enthusiasm about different types of racing to different people. A lot of F1 fans, IndyCar fans, NASCAR fans, sportscar fans, they watch their own series and look down on everything else. They then have the temerity to refer to another group as snobs! They miss so much good stuff. I wanted to tell them about it and provide a haven for the few of us who like a lot of different things as everywhere online had become so specialised.
Nowadays, just a few short years later, fans watch all sorts of racing and seem to have much more divergent interests. We also have Twitter, Facebook groups and so on, so my original remit is largely and very happily redundant. I hope there is still space for a multi-interest blog.
I took a break from the blog in summer 2013 due to work and personal reasons which lasted a year. I haven’t really got back into the swing of things so now post sporadically.