About Me

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.

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey, I like your website and I agree with you about watching too much racing. There are alot of races that I want to watch like Indy and F1 but, I don’t have enough time to so, I just watch my favorite races like Grand Am and American Le mans. there are only about 10 races each year. Do you know of any site that will show me the whole Grand Am six hours of the Glen?

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  2. Hey, thanks, that website really helped me find more live races to watch. I wish I had since this reply earlier. the reason I just found it was because I was searching for my blog on the internet.

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  3. Pat,

    good blog. I have been following Motorsport in almost every guise since the 1960’s when my Dad won the Macau GP. I watched Jaguar win at Le Mans in the early 90’s (91?) and I went back on my bike in 2005 to watch the MotoGP event. I live round the corner from Brands Hatch and watched Bayliss and Haga battle (Bayliss was promoting the new Superman movie at the time and had the ‘S’ logo on his back and chest) over the SBK championship and regukarly go to watch the British Superbikes which are spectacular; in many ways better than SBK and MotoGP because it’s so much closer and personal. Sidecar events are one of the best Motorsport events to watch especially at Brands as you can see so much of the track. I’m not so impressed with British Touring cars these days, the cars they are using and the specs. they are restricted by don’t really inspire me unlike DTC which is monster cars attracting Europe’s best drivers either heading for, or leaving F1.

    F1 has been a disappointment over the last few years. My enduring moan is to eradicate artificially induced downforce on cars altogether to allow following through corners before slipstreaming down straights. Then allow a free engine choice, run what ya brung. As for going to SKY, I will never pay Murdoch a penny for his services and I will find a pirate feed to watch the live Sky races or I’ll abandon F1 altogether and go to Brands and watch real Club racing. Sad after nearly 50 years but the BBC ought to be taken out and shot for betraying the British public paying a licence fee!

    OK…..rant over. Keep racing! and blogging.

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  4. Thanks David. It sounds like you’ve seen a lot of great racing! I’m envious of you living so close to Brands Hatch, it must be a dream.

    I agree I think they should reduce downforce and wings, maybe not completely but certainly by more than they did with the narrow rear wings. Narrow the front wing as well, for a start. I’d love to see V12 vs V10 vs V8 again. Turbo, N/A, all sorts. It’s why I like LMP prototypes, you get all sorts at a pace not too far off F1.

    I won’t be paying for Sky simply because I don’t have £360 per year to give. Even if I did, I don’t think it’s worth it just to watch a sport even if I love the sport.

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  5. Hi
    Really enjoy reading your blog and your perspectives on the races. Have found your blog a great resource for researching race events. I’ve just started my own WordPress blog which is focused on my amateur motorsport photography adventures (DLYmotorsportimages.com). If you get a chance to check it out please let me known what you think. I plan to update the blog on a monthly basis.

    Regards

    David

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  6. Idk where you live but if you ever find yourself in NJ, I’ll gladly buy you a beer!! Thanks for your time. Great way to stay on top of the racing season.

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