Imola Part 2: Summer...

One of the recent touches I have incorporated into my motoring travel is trying to stay in the hotels where drivers stayed years ago. Like method acting, I like to walk where they walked as far as possible, if that isn’t too pretentious. Late one night I was surfing idly, wondering if...

Imola 20 Years After...

On May 1 2014 it was 20 years since the death of Ayrton Senna, at Imola in Northern Italy during the San Marino Grand Prix. It also happened to be 59 years since Moss’ epic win in the 1955 Mille Miglia – strange how these dates coincide. Senna’s career coincided with my own teenage...

Sitges-Terramar R...

San Sebastian was remarkable as a racing track, but as my lap-of-the-track video shows there isn’t much to see nowadays – to get an impression of how it was, reading and imagination is needed. Sitges-Terramar, by contrast, is a complete, banked autodrome, which barring a few weeds in...

San Sebastian –...

Think of motor racing in Northern Spain, and the natural default is the Barcelona circuit used as a F1 test track for so many years, not the epic days or yore. Looking more closely it seems pre-fascist Spain was pretty keen on motorsport, in the wealthy nobles-and-amateurs-only way similar to...

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Running Jesus Over, ...

“Ferrari has to be beautiful, like a good looking girl – when you see her [sharp intake of breath] …but maybe when you go out for dinner you have a big delusion, but when you start the engine of a Ferrari, you have big enthusiasm…the music of the engine…we don’t...