I’m Pat and I watch too much racing.
Although I don’t watch as much as I did when I started this blog and came up with this name which I really don’t like very much any more!
I still dedicate a lot of time to watching current races and watching old races in championships I missed. I read more articles and blog posts and tweets about motorsports than is 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. As I’m hours away from the main UK tracks I only make it to 2 or 3 events per year.
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 about 1998.
One day realised watching a lot of different series was more fun than knowing one series to a ridiculous level of detail. Since then I broadened my interests to MotoGP, IndyCar, sports cars, touring cars and a bit of rally.
I’ve been active in online motorsport fan groups since the end of 1998, blogging since mid-2008 and on Twitter since 2009. If Gen Z think they invented F1 memes – they are very wrong! I wish I’d kept stuff from that time, it was hilarious, or so we thought.
From 1998 to the mid/late 2000s I was on F1NGers, which originally was a semi-hidden community on a newsgroup run by the then Formula1.com website, which at the time was an independently-owned news site not affiliated with Formula 1 itself, until FOM purchased the domain in something like 2003. That early era was a lot of fun.
The group then moved around different places and devolved into trolling, slanging matches and hero-worship of one particular member. I got out of there in 2007/08.
I was a bit lost until another former member recommended Sidepodcast.com. It’s sadly a defunct website now, but was hugely popular for its podcast and hangout community back in its day, between 2008 and 2017. I even wrote posts for them and tried to encourage a bit of IndyCar-watching! That site and the people there sucked up a huge chunk of time for nearly a decade because they were so easy to get along with and for some reason they tolerated me. I miss it still.
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 did consider a YouTube channel but prefer writing to talking. But writing is hard. It can take me ages to write a blog post and then by the time I’ve got all my thoughts out 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. So I’ve kind of given up all but Twitter.
In 2011 I started to make Google Calendars for the different race series I was interested in following. This grew rapidly and is now by far the most popular part of the site.
I try to keep them updated monthly. This isn’t always possible, it’s a hard job to keep on top of the changes, especially now there are many series listed that I don’t actually watch. They’re really popular though so even in times I’ve not updated the blog or rest of the site I’ve kept these running.
See the dedicated section for more info.
I’m far too active on Twitter. I tweet and retweet an awful lot. Not planning on going cold turkey but I have tried to cut down the number of hours, number of tweets, number of RTs, in an effort to stop the addiction.
I used to get caught up in live-tweetalongs of races, where a bunch of us would do a sort of live Twitter commentary of the races, especially things like IndyCar races which not everyone could see. I have consciously tried to steer away from that recently.
My focus for live or as-live races is Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E. I used to watch a lot of MotoGP but had to make a choice when live F1 went exclusive to Sky while live MotoGP was exclusive to BT Sport.
I also thoroughly enjoy sportscar racing and attend FIA WEC and ELMS at Silverstone every year, but endurance races are long, so it’s hard to keep up with other rounds. I really like touring cars as well but I’ve really struggled to keep up with that too.
Things have had to give during real life events!
For that reason I took a break from the blog in 2013 for a couple of seasons due to personal reasons and work stress reasons. Going through job insecurity while buying a house is pretty stressful but worthwhile! Then various other things since then have meant I never really got back into the stride of blogging.
Finally, an important point. I’m not a wannabe journalist, I’m not trying to get my name out there for exposure or otherwise. I’m not looking for content to be placed, or to place content elsewhere. If I know you and you want a space to write about something (FOC), hit me up, it’s yours.
This blog exists is for discussion among the community and sharing of things I see and want to talk about.
It’s also, obviously, since 2012 been about e-calendars for Google and iCal!