The mystery driver. Fascinating F1 Facts: 79

    Claude Lelouch is an old man now. The film-maker is in his eighties but back in the 1960s and 1970s he was one of the stars of French movie-making. His 1966 feature film Un Homme et Une Femme, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and an Oscar in 1967 for the best foreign film. He was nominated for an Oscar the... [Continue reading]

    Posted 3 hours ago |  View comments | Category: General

    No such thing as a free lunch... Fascinating F1 Facts: 78

    There was a time when Formula 1 car launches were of great value, with the journalists able to discuss the new cars with the team management and with the drivers, without everyone else being able to hear what was being said. Thus there was always a story to be had and it was worth making the effort and paying t... [Continue reading]

    Posted 15 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    It must be love... Fascinating F1 Facts: 77

    This being February 14 - Valentine's Day in case you have forgotten to send the missus a card - love is in the air. They say that love conquers all, but does it? Without money life is uncomfortable. Money is a requirement not an optional extra. One can argue that love is a luxury, but then one can also put ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 14 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    Joe is coming to London to talk about F1

    I will be hosting one of my Audiences in London on Friday, February 22. The event is open to all fans and will run from 7pm-11.00 pm. Food will be served mid-way through the evening, while drinks will be available at normal bar rates. ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 13 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    Tobacco and cycling... Fascinating F1 Facts: 76

    There was a phase when F1 sponsorships were truly colossal, but those days are gone and today a title sponsorship can amount to very little. That was true back in the 1970s as well, when sports sponsorship was still in its early stages. For relatively little money, a sponsor could make a big impact, putting its... [Continue reading]

    Posted 13 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    Don't mention the war... Fascinating F1 Facts: 75

    Motor racing folk tend to gloss over things when there are folk with dodgy histories. Everyone knows that things are a bit dodgy, but it is almost impolite to mention it. Racing is just about racing… One doesn't mention the war… A fair number of racing folk were killed during the war... [Continue reading]

    Posted 12 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    War birds and racing cars. Fascinating F1 Facts: 74

    BMW was a aero-engine company, started in the middle of World War I. It built engines for Fokker fight planes. When Germany was defeated, the company was banned from building further aero-engines because of its wartime activities. In the immediate post-war era, a time of new ideas and much excitement,... [Continue reading]

    Posted 11 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    Cluster power. Fascinating F1 Facts: 73

    The primary strength of the British motorsport cluster - call it "Motorsport Valley" is you wish - is that people with F1 expertise can switch from teams without the need to move house. If you live in the area around Bicester, you are at the hub of the British F1 wheel. Go north and in 12 miles you wi... [Continue reading]

    Posted 10 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    An F1 driver called Colin. Fascinating F1 Facts: 72

    There has only ever been one Formula 1 driver called Colin. Colin Davis. He had the misfortune to live in the shadow of another Colin Davis, who was a celebrated conductor, best known for his work with the London Symphony Orchestra, who ended up being knighted for services to music. ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 09 Feb |  View comments | Category: General

    Come and meet Joe in London

    I will be hosting one of my Audiences in London on Friday, February 22. The event is open to all fans and will run from 7pm-11.00 pm. Food will be served mid-way through the evening, while drinks will be available at normal bar rates. ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 08 Feb |  View comments | Category: General