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When I drove past Spa the other day I did wonder something similar to this. Personally though I enjoyed the greater feeling of freedom about going to the 'Ring compared to a normal track day. Different beasts though I guess. I took a leisurely lap around the 'Ring (http://speed-blur.com/2013/05/09/speed-blurring/) but if I'd been going to a circuit specifically for a track day it would have been much more intense. You get repetition driving around a circuit which is good for learning lines and pushing limits; the 'Ring is more like a great country road...without the worry of oncoming traffic.
5 days, 2 hours ago on POLL: SPA OR THE RING?
Bill Baldwin! Yeah right, nice try. Clearly Santa is a big drift fan and moonlights at events outside of the Christmas period. I always knew he was a dude.
1 month ago on FORMULA DRIFT EXPLODES INTO LONG BEACH
@MattDemp Seconded. That shot is awesome.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: A MATTER OF APERTURE
Bryn, I love your write-up. Best bit; the gear shifter. Mental.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on THE STRIP CLUB... PROJECT VOLVO WAGON
Interesting article and a subject dear to my heart too. I was lucky enough to work in car magazines for a long time but eventually took the plunge to move on as I couldn't see any future in them (unfortunately). Actually, I could see a future in them but nobody listened. Back in 2000 I even wrote a spoof article for my publishing company predicting the fall of magazines and the rise of the electronic versions that would replace them. I was essentially laughed at by the established magazine types because they were so stuck in their ways. All their argument was boiled down to; 'magazines will never disappear because you can't take a computer and read it on the toilet'. I wonder if they ever think of that when they're in the can with their iPads now!
Anyway, it's a shame because being an 'automotive journalist' really is as incredible a job as you probably think it is... despite low pay, ridiculous hours and constantly writing about cars you can't afford. I've sold out and work for a big car manufacturer now, but it's great to see sites like this getting the funding to survive and deliver a daily fix of automotive culture. It's clearly a logistical mission and one that would cost the publishing company some decent money... so to get it for free is pretty amazing. Thanks for that.
As for the future of magazines/websites? Well, maybe I shouldn't say too much on that. I still like to look through a magazine, but I can't remember the last time I bought one. And I'm old. For those who have grown up with iPads, smartphones, YouTube, Facebook and the like - people who expect to be able to access info, images and video when they want it - the ability to satisfy the demand for up-to-date, high quality content will certainly be a constant mission.
Even I'm waiting now for Speedhunters to get the feature on Magnus Walker's Porsches up. I know they've shot them... so where is it!
6 months, 1 week ago on THE FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE MEDIA
8 months ago on WHEN IS AN ESCORT NOT AN ESCORT?
WOW! What an awesome selection of cars. Loving the Merc EVO II and the Sunbeam M3.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on TOKYO SPEEDHUNTING: THE REST OF KANPACHI DORI
That's what it's all about - Seriate from Italy and his pal having a laugh in the Impreza. Nice pic.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on THURSDAY SHOUTOUT - JUNE 28,2012
Is that a brown E46 M3 in the second pic? Sweet! Any more pics?
12 months ago on HELLAFLUSH KANSAI: STANCETASTIC