WIN ON SUNDAY, DRINK HOOCH ON MONDAY…

‪A couple of weeks ago, when it was clear things were getting more serious, I challenged myself to make a car review film WITHOUT driving the car.‬

‪Because we all need to stay safe, but we also need race cars.‬

‪Please enjoy my new film – 2 metres apart of course!

Introducing, the Nova GTE Classic Stock Hatch…

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WIN!

To celebrate the release of my new historic race car film, I’m giving you the chance to win a historic rally car model!

The competition is running on Twitter – all you have to do to enter is share the film, and follow my ‘Car Films’ channel Twitter account.

This film is a special one to me – not only do I get back behind the wheel of one of my favourite classic sports cars, the Porsche 924, there’s also an inspiring story about motor racing engaging with the next generation of enthusiasts and professionals through schools and colleges.

So I’d quite like as many people as possible to share this story, enjoy the film, and spread the word.

Head to Twitter and enter here:

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NEW FILM – “Driven to Inspire”

This film really gets to the heart of what I love about motor racing, and motorsport in general.

We have the power to inspire people, and motorsport has a big job to do when it comes to reaching out and engaging with future generations of enthusiasts and professionals.

Whether you wield a spanner, click a stop watch, pull the gears, wave a flag or cling to the spectator fencing, you were once inspired by something.

So that makes PDC Racing’s mission very special. Partnering with RS Components, the team will be visiting a school en-route to each race event with the car in 2020.

And of course at the heart of it, I got the chance to drive an historic racing Porsche.

I’m delighted to share with you, “Driven to Inspire”…

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Back in a Porsche 924 – new film preview

We’ve been here before, I know. But you guys love a good transaxle Porsche – I know this because you watched my last 924 film 140,000 times.

Well this one has a bit of a difference – “Driven to Inspire” is probably the most poignant motoring film I’ve ever produced, and I can’t wait to release it to share with you.

It’ll go live this Friday at 7pm, subscribe on YouTube or keep your eyes peeled here to watch first.

Here’s a preview…

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NEW FILM – Ford Mondeo ST200

The Ford Mondeo ST200 is a performance car with an identity crisis.

Could it be, that this surprisingly nimble V6 engined family hatchback is, in fact a GT car?

I set out into the eye of Storm Dennis (really!) to find out.

Watch my latest classic car film, here: https://youtu.be/wK2il449s60

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Wisdom…

Wow, could I give this boy one hell of a steer if I could go back 17 years and tell him what I know now.

Of course, I would tell him that tinkering with a #RALLY car is a damn good place to start.

Wisdom, they say. 🙏🏻

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Restarting my motoring films in 2020

I’ve produced a new classic car film, and I’m not sure how we got here.

It’s been one heck of an adventure so far, producing motoring films, car reviews and petrolhead adventures for the past seven years.

In that time, I’ve filmed 45 videos, and my YouTube channel has clocked up over 2 million views!

In 2013 I had a Peugeot 205 GTI sat in the garage, and was curious as to how possible it would be to make a video review of the car, using only my iPhone – no microphone, stand or anything.

Not much has changed in the way I produce my films – my actual phone still doubles up as camera, though I now airdrop all shots to an iPad to edit, and I use a GoPro for the odd shot – particularly in-car.

I’ve received a lot of support, without which there’s no way I would have been able to put such a library of videos together.

Thanks to the people who have trusted me with their cars, the people who have driven for me, the people who have watched and shared my videos, and above all my wonderful family for their faith in what I’m doing.

I stopped producing the films for a while, as I needed to refocus and understand why I make them. And I realised it’s because I simply enjoy driving cool cars, and sharing the experience of motoring with like-minded enthusiasts.

If that’s you – I hope you’ll join me on the next part of the adventure.

Here’s my new film, starring the Alfa Romeo Alfasud…

https://youtu.be/CNUxgujb8Os

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Ten years of rally TV!

As 2020 beckons, I’ve finished my last rally tv show voiceover of the year – and indeed the decade.

In 2009 I sat in a tent in Radnor Forest with Wayne Goldring, and between us we combined our visions for how we might reinvent Rally tv coverage, along with some talented people who ten years on we are lucky to call very good friends.

This was a vision which saw me put my own competition plans on hold (well, a man can only have so many hobbies, right?!).

Ten years later, and it feels surreal to look back. We have been on one heck of an adventure. One which has taken us to the WRC and back, and one which saw us hired to produce the official coverage for the British Rally Championship in our tenth year.

We all grew up watching the BRC on TV, and indeed many of our heroes featured in that coverage. Both on, and off the stage.

2019 also saw us cover some brand new closed road events, which collectively appear to herald a renaissance for the sport of rallying. Events like the North West Stages, the Three Shires Stages Rally and Wales’ first closed road event, Rali Bae Ceredigion.

A highlight of the year was rekindling the format and themes of the ‘Rally Report’ nighty live shows on the Roger Albert Clark Rally, including the famous studio leaderboard, (Watch this space – we have plans for that!).

One of our proudest achievements though, has to be our long standing partnership with the BTRDA; without doubt the UK’s – and possibly even the world’s best gravel rally championship.

With some further innovations to step the coverage up for next year, and and the BTRDA Rally Committee’s ambitious plan to combine the gravel and asphalt championships, you don’t need 2020 vision to appreciate that the next decade looks set to be a exciting one for the BTRDA.

It’s always important to remember that, while we came into this for the rally cars, and the iconic special stages, it’s the people that make the adventure what it is.

So as we stare down the carburettor trumpets of a new decade, I’d like to thank everyone who’s been on this adventure with me so far, reflect on those who are painfully not with us to witness this exciting new chapter, and look forward to all the new people I’ll meet in the sport in 2020.

Thanks for the support, best wishes to you and your families for Christmas 2019. 🚗🎥

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RAC Rally – the ultimate UK rally?

When I was a kid, I’d chase the Yorkshire leg of the RAC Rally with my Mum and Dad, and my little brother. Rallying was our life.

Turns out it still is, and yesterday I finished my first RAC Rally…as a presenter.

We went across to Wales, up to Carlisle, further up to Scotland, and back to Carlisle again, joining thousands of competitors, officials, volunteers and spectators on this epic rally pilgrimage.

This is my tenth year of presenting #RallyTV, and with my friends at Special Stage, we set ourselves a huge challenge; to produce a live ‘Rally Report’ show from locations along the route of the rally each evening, featuring coverage from all 32 stages and special features showcasing the cars and the people that make the RAC so special and unique.

We produced these shows with a crew of just four people; two camera operators, a producer and myself in a van which has been ‘adapted’ into a mobile studio, with a retro leaderboard and soundtrack throwing us back to the original rally report programmes that inspired us all in the eighties and nineties.

We were at the mercy of treacherous weather, of mobile phone signal and we’ve produced shows on location at cattle markets, remote country lanes, and Tesco car parks.

I consider myself very lucky to be on such an adventure.

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It’s Group B Jim, but not as we know it…

In 1984, a rather unusual Group B rally car won the African Rally Championship.

But this was no ‘ordinary’ Group B car; not along the usual lines of the monstrous rally supercars we’d seen tearing up the world’s special stages anyway.

In a classic tale of marketing-meets-motorsport, Peugeot wanted to push their rugged 504 pick-up to the African market, so they went really, REALLY rugged.

The 504 pick-up might stand out like a sore thumb on the French company’s list of homologated rally cars, but it was built for a job; and do the job it did.

A country mile (or two) behind the Group B supercars like Peugeot’s 205 T16, Allan Weston’s fascinating creation is head and shoulders above most things it now parks next to.

We were privileged to see this intriguing machine in action at our big Cadwell Park rally finale this year, as part of an eclectic mix of iconic demo rally cars.

What a sight, sound, and story.

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