“‘Will you do a photoshoot for our front cover, wearing a Union Jack suit?’ asked
I’m a ham at heart, so I said yes. That was in April 2000, four years after F1 Racing had launched and gone on to achieve international success, selling in 15 countries in 10 different languages. However, that it would ring the sales bell with enthusiasts all over the world was by no means a foregone conclusion, so hats off to its publisher, Haymarket, for having the courage to enter such a specialised and competitive market with a glossy monthly magazine.
I’ve been writing this column with its long deadlines for eight years, and I can tell you that in today’s world of instant online information, followed up at length by the full story in weekly magazines, I’ve spent many an hour agonising about finding something to say that won’t be old news or incorrect by the time it is being read.
But F1 is never short of excitement and there have been plenty of storylines for me. Number one without a doubt was the brilliant day I had at Silverstone, being driven in the one-off twoseater F1 McLaren by my ITV commentary-box partner Martin Brundle. The unique McLaren had been built to give people an experience of