Sometimes the messenger should be shot

Clive Couldwell:

We should be shouting a lot more about F1..engaging the future.

Originally posted on joeblogsf1:

Reading the F1 “news” today all I feel is depression. For want of anything better to write, the Internet monkeys with typewriters have reproduced a string of remarks about F1 from Flavio Briatore. Lest we forget, the sleazy-looking Italian admitted to fixing races and was slung out of the sport five years ago. I make no secret of the fact that back then I was happy to see him gone. His presence, and that of his C-list celebrity friends, in my opinion, not only added nothing to the sport, it actually harmed it, creating the impression that F1 was entirely peopled with such folk and not filled with passionate, clever people, most of whom believe that success has no meaning if it is achieved by underhand means. The last thing F1 needs these days is a sleazy front man. We have enough sleaze already, thank you…

What F1 needs today…

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Caterham not for sale

Just in case you hadn’t heard, Caterham Group is not for sale.

The reports circulating last weekend were factually incorrect, says Caterham. However, the Group is actively searching for additional investment as it seeks to fulfil ambitious plans to develop.

“The shareholders of the Group, co-Chairmen Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, remain wholly committed to the Caterham brand.”

Adds Fernandes:

“We love what we build and we are always looking for further investment. This is no different to how we started AirAsia. Yes, we are constantly challenging ourselves and making decisions on everything from the structure to projects within the Group. That is normal business. That does not mean we are selling.”

El Greco comes to town

The E22 showing El Greco livery.

The E22 showing El Greco livery


On the initiative of its owner Gérard Lopez the Lotus F1 Team will pay homage to Spanish painter El Greco with a special livery for the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix on 9-11 May.

The team’s E22 will feature branding of the major El Greco exhibition currently taking place in Toledo which commemorates the 400 years since the death of a leading figure of the Spanish Renaissance through his work as a painter.

A commemorative helmet will be presented to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy on 8 May in La Moncloa, and to His Majesty King Juan Carlos I during his planned visit to the Lotus F1 Team motorhome at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday 11 May.

Says Lopez:

“This is the first time a Formula 1 team has publicised a Spanish cultural event so prominently. We will promote the El Greco exhibition – for no commercial fee – to a global TV audience of over 600 million people. Through this the legend of El Greco will be displayed in support of Spanish Culture and cultural tourism in Spain.”

Gérard Lopez is no stranger to mixing art and sport. The son of Galician immigrants, Lopez is an expert in Asian art, and a collector of incunabula and historical automobiles.

The ‘El Greco’ exhibition in Toledo currently receives thousands of visitors as one of the largest ever to gather together practically every work by the sixteenth century painter.

El Greco is regarded as one of the greatest artists of Western civilisation, an accolade that has been formed over the last 100 years, changing opinions previously held regarding his paintings during the two and a half centuries following his death. Previously he was regarded as an eccentric painter marginal to art history.

Nigel Stepney 1958 – 2014

Clive Couldwell:

So much still to do, but with the right people. The sad tale of Mr Nigel Stepney.

Originally posted on joeblogsf1:

Some obituaries are easy to write, others are more difficult. Nigel Stepney’s story is likely to end up being contentious because he was man of many talents and much energy but he also had some major flaws. He ended up being famous for all the wrong reasons and while he deserved some of the criticism, he felt that the true story had not been told.

Nigel was killed in a road accident on the M20 motorway near Ashford in Kent in the early hours of this morning. He was 55. According to police reports, he parked his van on the hard shoulder of the motorway and was hit by a lorry when he ventured into the roadway. It is not clear why this happened.

Stepney grew up in the town of Southam, near Coventry and played football for the Warwickshire county team before becoming an apprentice mechanic with the Coventry-based…

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The Iceni family

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Above: The Magna

Above: The Magna


Trident Sports Car, the British sports car brand established by Phil Bevan and Daniel Monaghan in 2005, has made its flagship Iceni – claimed to be the world’s fastest and most fuel efficient diesel sports car – available globally.

What a rear...

With a top speed in excess of 190mph and able to run for 2,000 miles on a single tank of mineral or bio-diesel, the Iceni uses torque multiplication technology (which Trident has patented) to achieve a unique combination of speed, power and fuel efficiency (by up to 20 per cent). A V8, 6.6-litre turbo diesel engine sits under the bonnet.

Two new models to the Iceni range are also unveiled today – the Iceni Magna (fastback) and Iceni Venturer (estate). Prices start at £96,000.


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