Late on Friday night saw the recording of the latest in the occasional ‘Sidepodchat’ series at Sidepodcast.com, and I was one of the lucky people to appear. The concept is a short 10-minute show in which Christine and Mr C chat with a small panel of guests about a particular topic or theme. This week’s other guests included some of your other favourite bloggers like Gavin and Lukeh and SPC commenters Steven and Bassano
This Chat’s theme was the Renault F1 team and specifically the driver line-up for 2011. Who will join Kubica? What is the future of the team? It was fun, it always is! Keep an eye out for future editions, who knows you might even appear on one soon – anyone can.
I had an utterly brilliant time in Belgium for the Grand Prix along with 10 fellow F1 fans loosely revolving around the Sidepodcast.com community. There will be plenty of blog write-ups across many sites from several of us over the coming days and I’ll do my best to point you to them. In the meantime, you should listen to this.
Jon from The Feeder Series has bagged a lengthy interview with the legend that is Allan McNish, two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pretty good timing since the 2010 edition of the big race is next week and McNish is, as ever, expected to be at the forefront of the Audi attack.
Allan talks about his career to date and also his involvement in the Jim Russell driving school in the US, as well as one of the young drivers he’s starting to look after as he moves into driver development. Fascinating listen, as it always is with McNish.
Big props to friend-0f-the-blog Jon for securing the interview, and of course to Allan for giving up half an hour of his time to an up and coming site/podcast in the lead up to the biggest race of the year.
Keep in touch with new releases at F1Minute.com’s video section (or via DailyMotion or YouTube), there is a slight lag at the moment while they find their feet but they’ll soon be released in sync with the audio version. For the moment I’ll keep the audio player embedded here on this blog, if you prefer to use that.
Tangentially, F1Minute.com is also the home of F1 Big Picture which is always worth a look, and a good place to source the text from original press releases from teams and the FIA. I think it is an under-appreciated site so let’s give it some love.
Today the latest ‘An Aside With Joe’ podcast was released and amazingly they are up to no.16 already. It doesn’t seem long since the first one.
These chats with journalist and author Joe Saward are always very revealing and in this edition you can find out about:
making Grands Prix green;
a Grand Prix for electric cars;
an update on the Motorsport Business Forum, not the Monaco one like much of the F1 media but the Orlando event (and the reasons why he went there);
hydroplanes – yes, really;
I’ve said it before and it is ever true – after listening to Joe speak for just under an hour you come away feeling a lot wiser about motorsport and you look at it through different eyes – plus you can impress your friends with the knowledge. Of course, your friends don’t care about motorsport and they still think Button is called Jason, hah, what do they know, nothing.
Thanks to Sidepodcast and especially to Joe for making the time to produce these, and particularly this episode which was an unexpected addition.
I know it is Christmas but you should make time for this one, LISTEN HERE.
I let the side down a little by saying “umm”, leaving gaps and generally being a bit quiet, but that’s me generally anyway – for a quiet guy I didn’t do too badly, particularly when paired with experienced motormouth Dex! He was a legend stepping in at the last minute when the booked guest found himself stuck at work.
What have I learned? If I ever go on a podcast again I’ll be sure to prepare notes first and cut down on the nervous laughing! I very much enjoyed it though, and I hope the podcast is a success.
The esteemed Mr Pressdog has recently taken up the mantle of being the champion of the customer – the fan – who is losing out and needs to be listened to, needs to be taken seriously.
Formula 1 journalist Joe Saward agrees and he tells it straight both on www.grandprix.com and his blog, and he has been talking about how F1 should pay more attention to fans on several editions of podcasts from Sidepodcast.com.
Check out last week’s instalment “The Customer Always Comes First” on the link below (this quote is actually unrelated to fans and is about engines – but he is in the fans’ corner too), and be sure to check the site every race weekend for his latest musings as well as the regular Debriefs throughout the weekend from the SPC team.