Imola Part 3: Whiteout Aug25

Imola Part 3: Whiteo...

My itinerary for my Imola trip began with some frustrating travel issues, issues which piled up on top of each other. The plan was that I arrive in Milan, and then drive over the Alps to see my sister, in Villars-sur-Ollon at the eastern end of Lake Geneva. Automotively, this would not be a...

Pebble Beach: just for the rich guys ? Part 2 Aug20

Pebble Beach: just f...

Two more vignettes showing that Pebble Beach is not only for the rich: “I had significant influence in how those cars drove….” A few years ago I did an event with Alain de Cadenet, and during our time together, we discussed how one can get paid to talk about cars, and he told me “We (...

Pebble Beach: just for the rich guys, right ? Aug19

Pebble Beach: just f...

Wrong. Oh sure, there are plenty of hangers-on, fakers, beautiful women, but wouldn’t you expect that at a social event which attracts so many absurdly wealthy people ? I was asked to create a portfolio on one class this year, and surveying 25-ish entrants, I found at least three former...

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...

Toyota Town May19

Toyota Town

Some years ago I was amazed to learn that Toyota is not only a car company, but a place too. Knowing this, I was very curious to visit. What would I find ? Detroit ? Stuttgart ? Coventry ? something completely different ? I booked a factory tour online, and hopped on a train from Tokyo to...