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 moderately small town in the South / South West of England, far enough West that we aren’t like that posh lot in Surrey but far enough East that we’re not cut off from civilisation like those Cornish.
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 rally and 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 start at or after midnight.
My favourites are the classics: Monaco GP, Indy 500, Le Mans 24 Hours.
Favourite track: Spa-Francorchamps both to watch on TV and to attend in person, though I’ve only been once. What a setting.
I’m not a journalist and have no interest in being one. That said, I do believe in responsible writing especially on social media like Twitter.
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.. they watch their own series and look down on everything else. 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 stuff.
Nowadays, just a few short years later, fans watch all sorts of racing and seem to have much more divergent interests so my original remit is very happily redundant.
I took a break from the blog in summer 2013 due to work and personal reasons making me supremely busy offline. I write this update now in summer 2014 and I am back in business!