Fascinating F1 Facts: 8 - The man who got there first

    Ellis Hall was an oil man, and a very successful one as well. He had plenty of money and lived in a grand house in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Theresa and their four children: Richard, Betty, James and Charles. Alas, tragedy struck and he lost his wife to illness at the age of just 46. The childr... [Continue reading]

    Posted 12 hours ago |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 7 – A very fast fellow

    The coast of the Languedoc is flat, apart from a very large rock, called Mont St-Clair, which rises from the sea, a few miles to the south-west of Montpelier. Around it is the town of Sète and a sandy isthmus which divides the Mediterranean from a salt water lagoon, which ma... [Continue reading]

    Posted 10 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 6 - Boulognes and Boulognes

    The name Boulogne can be rather confusing for the average non-French motor racing fan. It was a racing circuit from the very early years of the sport, between 1909 and 1928. Then the name popped up again in the late 1940s, with another circuit in the so-called Bois de Boulogne (which translates as Boulogne Wood... [Continue reading]

    Posted 09 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 5 – A military man

    Before Charlie Whiting was made F1 Race Director in 1997 the role was filled  – albeit very briefly – by a British Rear Admiral, who had recently retired from the Royal Navy. The experiment was not very successful as military discipline and the fast-moving ducking and weaving of the F... [Continue reading]

    Posted 08 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 4 – A man called Jap Tek Lie

    Go west from Kuala Lumpur, across the Malacca Strait, and you will find the city of Medan. It might seem a pretty unlikely city to have been the birthplace of a Formula 1 team owner, but Jap Tek Lie was unusual in an awful lot of respects. When he born in 1907, Medan was part of what was known as the Dutch East... [Continue reading]

    Posted 07 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 3 – What could have been

    Racing drivers are not always reasonable individuals. They are, perhaps by nature, not given to caution and that can get them into trouble – and worse. Robert Kubica is a good example of this. He had struggled through the ranks to get to Formula 1, the first Polish driver to compete in the sport... [Continue reading]

    Posted 06 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 2 - A family business

    Brothers Claude and Georges Gachnang were both passionate about racing, even if they lived in a country where such activities were banned. They lived in the town of Aigle in Switzerland, to the south of Montreux, nor far from where the river Rhone runs into Lake Geneva, and worked as mechanics, racing whenever ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 05 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Fascinating Formula 1 Facts: 1 - A remarkable family

    Some people are born into extraordinary lives. If you write a film script about them, it would be rejected as being unrealistic. Paul Belmondo had just such a story. His grandfather Paul, after whom he was named, was from an Italian background but was born and grew up in Algeria. He survived the trenc... [Continue reading]

    Posted 04 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Six hours after the race

    The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was not a classic race, at least not in terms spectacle, although Lewis Hamilton's lights-to-flag victory was tour de force and the perfect way to end a terrific season. With Valtteri Bottas at the back of the grid because of an engine penalty, Lewis's only potential challenger ... [Continue reading]

    Posted 01 Dec |  0 Comments | Category: General

    Come and meet Joe in London...

    I will be hosting one of my Audiences in London on Monday, December 9. 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 26 Nov |  0 Comments | Category: General