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), sportscars (WEC and IMSA), 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 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!
I also wanted to provide a haven for the few of us who like a lot of different things as, at the time, everything online had become so specialised. I’ve noticed since about 2013/2014 people now watch all sorts of racing. Seem to have much more divergent interests. People are getting the message about sportscar racing and IndyCar and MotoGP.
I took a break from the blog in 2013 for a couple of seasons due to work and personal reasons – buying a house is pretty stressful but worthwhile! 2016 is the year I intend to get back into it.
I’m not a wannabe journalist trying to make a name for myself. This blog is for discussion and for sharing of things I see and want to talk about.