The Racing LegendsPart 2 Last week, we talked about Arsenio “Dodjie” Laurel and he was a very fitting legend to start this series on “The Racing Legends.” There were a lot of people who never knew Dodjie and how he basically introduced racing in the country when it wasn’t much of a sport. They never knew he won Macau Grand Prix not once, but twice — in 1962 and 1963. That remains a feat hard to duplicate today. This week, my next racing hero is someone who knew Dodjie and even learned from him. I am very happy that I spent a great number of years watching him and even raced alongside him. He is none other than the bearded racer that was feared and loved by all.Jose “Pocholo” Ramirez One of the greatest racing heroes that I had met was the late granddaddy of them all, Pocholo Ramirez. He was always called Tito Poch by the racing community, but I would always call him by his nickname Poch as he said it made him feel younger when we … [Read more...] about The Racing Legends
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By Michael Hixon | [email protected] | The Beach Reporter PUBLISHED: April 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm | UPDATED: April 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm “It was me and all the guys.” That’s how longtime Redondo Beach resident Nina Murphy described the Long Beach Grand Prix in the mid-1970s. When the street race began in 1975, Murphy was the only female photographer covering what was then a Formula 5000 race. She also photographed NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association […] “It was me and all the guys.” That’s how longtime Redondo Beach resident Nina Murphy described the Long Beach Grand Prix in the mid-1970s. When the street race began in 1975, Murphy was the only female photographer covering what was then a Formula 5000 race. She also photographed NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association […] SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds“It was me and all the guys.” That’s how longtime Redondo Beach resident Nina Murphy described the Long … [Read more...] about Finding the ‘sweet spot’ wasn’t always easy for this female motorsports photojournalist, a pioneer at Long Beach Grand Prix
When Bruce McLaren, the founder of the motor racing team named after himself, was just nine years old, he was diagnosed with a hip issue that left him bedridden, with his legs encased in plaster for three years. This devastating experience left him unable to do what every youngster should be doing: playing with friends, and learning in a normal school environment. But as if often the case, this torrid experience had its silver linings. McLaren was 12 before he could walk again, and spent much of his time discussing his passion for cars with his garage-owning father, and envisioning a future in motor racing. Read more: New kids on the grid: Norris and Russell set for Formula One debuts Budding business leaders can learn a lot from this anecdote. In both life and business, meeting challenges with resilience and determination makes it possible to emerge stronger than before. For McLaren, it was his response to his condition that defined him, not the condition itself. With the 2019 Formula … [Read more...] about Formula One legend Bruce McLaren is a racing role model, but what can business leaders learn from his life story?
Video PUBLISHED: 09:34 26 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:34 26 January 2019 Book launch of Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Specials' by Johnny Tipler. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant They were the cars that helped launch the careers of the world’s greatest racing drivers, including Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell. Book launch of Black & Gold: The Story of the John Player Specials' by Johnny Tipler. Picture: Neil Didsbury Now, the largest gathering of John Player Special (JPS) Lotus Formula One cars has taken place in celebration of a new book.Former engineers, mechanics and Lotus members gathered at the Classic Team Lotus centre, next to the modern Lotus factory in Hethel, near Wymondham, to see the cars and hear them fire-up.Clive Chapman, 57, is head of the Classic Lotus Team and owner of Ayrton Senna’s race-winning car.He said: “Classic Team Lotus was 25 years old in December and when we started very few of the cars were running.Book launch … [Read more...] about ‘Amazing’ gathering of the legends of Lotus marks launch of book
Lewis Hamilton has been taught how to wave a checkered flag by Will Smith. Smith claimed he developed a specific technique where you flick the “hand first and the knee follows.” Hamilton and Smith have been inseparable behind-the-scenes at recent Formula 1 events. Hollywood funnyman Smith even kidnapped Hamilton and tied him to a chair in a viral Twitter prank last year, because he wanted to race the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix himself. Of course, Hamilton raced the grand prix – and won – but who was there to wave the checkered flag? Smith, of course. Perhaps Smith developed his technique there and then. Will Smith has been teaching Lewis Hamilton the trick to waving the checkered flag, and it appears the five-time Formula 1 champion is a fast learner. The 2019 F1 world championship begins at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on March 17 and to prepare for the gruelling season ahead, Hamilton has already been recorded on video … [Read more...] about Will Smith teaches F1 champion Lewis Hamilton the trick to checkered flag waving in a hysterical new video