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35 things I learned from motor racing


  1. Once you have the helmet on and strapped in, it is way too late to wonder if this is a good idea
  2. The racing and rally communities are small, and they have long memories, so be nice
  3. It does not matter if it’s a 12 car road rally or a national championship, you are still a racer
  4. The part you need will be left at home
  5. Fast cars are cool, knowing when it acceptable to go fast is even cooler
  6. Rally cars are drawn towards stumps, ditches and trees. Despite the best efforts of the driver the inevitable can only be delayed, not prevented
  7. “Fast – Reliable – Cheap” decide which two out of the three you want before you buy a car
  8. This is way too expensive a hobby not to have fun
  9. It always used to be better than it is now
  10. Nap when you have the opportunity, go to the toilet before you need to
  11. Racing extracts a heavy mental toll, be ready with correct change
  12. Food and beer is the post race social lubricant, always come prepared with both
  13. Being both good and lucky is great, but at times it’s still not enough
  14. The louder the bang when you hit something the longer you should take to make sure the car is good before pushing again
  15. Racing isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle filled with incredibly generous people, and a few arseholes
  16. It will cost more than you budgeted, get used to it
  17. The more you stare at the temperature gauge the quicker it goes from OK to red
  18. It gets cold in the desert
  19. Only one person is responsible for your results. It’s a waste of time and energy to play the blame game.
  20. Remember nomex is not fireproof, it just buys you a few seconds to get out
  21. If nothing on the race car is broken give it a few minutes, that will change
  22. Real toilets are to be appreciated, you can’t have quiet time in a portapotty
  23. Everyone is a brilliant driver after the 4th beer at the post rally party, don’t correct people
  24. The closer to the end of a race the louder and more urgent the strange noises coming from the engine become
  25. Rolling a car hurts
  26. Know when to be serious, and when to laugh.
  27. Almost all racers are slightly OCD
  28. Rule of P’s – planning and preparation prevent a piss poor performance
  29. A HANS device will not stop you getting a stiff neck, just a basal skull fracture
  30. “Did Not Finish” is a very expensive, and frustrating, way to go racing
  31. No one said gravity is fair, just consistent
  32. Happiness is fresh tires
  33. Nobody cares what you did yesterday or what you are going to do tomorrow. The now is important
  34. You’ll never stop learning
  35. Enjoy the moment, the feeling and the people that make racing so very, very special

Preparing for the long flight home…

Up to now I’ve found the best way to deal with jetlag to be a couple of gin and tonics (“Easy on the tonic there”) and an Ambien sleeping pill in the British Airways lounge just as we get called for boarding. Typically my chemically induced sleep overtakes me as the airplane climbs out of… Continue Reading

Z means it’s the end…

The last month has been a fun diversion, I’ve rather enjoyed the A-to-Z Challenge. I read a lot of new blogs, added a couple to my bookmarks and exchanged tweets and email with some new and interesting people. However it’s time to get back to other projects that have been a little neglected. Tweet Continue Reading

X marks the spot

A slightly different tack today, I could have shared x-rays of my head, but decided maybe not this time. I live in Washington, it’s a beautiful state and I am close to both mountains and the sea. There is no place like the Pacific Northwest in the summer, and if you live here you know… Continue Reading

W is for War of the Worlds

I think Jeff Wayne’s musical version of the story was my first exposure to the story. A recording that has stood the test of time very well BTW and still worth checking out. I remember dad had the double LP with the wonderful artwork. After the musical version I remember seeing the 1953 film. This… Continue Reading

V is for Vatican

I’m not a Roman Catholic, but that never stopped me being absolutely awestruck when walking into St Peters. Millions of others have walked through the same doors, and if anyone of them ever mentioned to you that they though “Cool, now where is the gift shop”, check to see if they have a pulse. Tweet Continue Reading

U is for Unity

It’s well documented that live sports is like crack to me, there are a few reasons for that. The drama, unpredictability, the chance to see some spectacular, anticipation, the athletics, appreciating the skill involved and so on. Those are all fine things, but top of the list is the shared experience, the atmosphere created by… Continue Reading