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Hey MO­TOR, I have been an avid reader of your ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine since I im­mi­grated from NZ in 2001. Even with op­tions via var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy, I still look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing a monthly mag­a­zine that I can feel in my hands and read from cover to cover. I have driven sev­eral dif­fer­ent su­per­cars, so I can re­late to how well your writ­ers de­scribe an ex­pe­ri­ence in the kind of ma­chin­ery you get to test, for me it is the next best thing to be­ing there, so keep it up. I mar­ried ex­cep­tion­ally well, my wife was once Aus­tralian Women’s Mo­torkhana Cham­pion, she even beat Jim Richards in her Mini Cooper S, and used to rally un­til she rolled it. She taught our two boys to drive, Brock and Kent (I couldn’t get away with John­son for the sec­ond son). We all drive man­u­als as we all feel that you are ac­tu­ally driv­ing the car. My fa­ther-in-law was a se­nior CAMS Of­fi­cial, sig­nif­i­cantly con­tribut­ing to the CAMS rule book, as­sist­ing with the run­ning of Bathurst since the 1970s, and at­tend­ing nu­mer­ous In­ter­na­tional For­mula One events as a Stew­ard. So my wife grew up around mo­tor­sport. My main pas­sion, af­ter my fam­ily, has been any­thing Fer­rari re­lated for over 30 years, I have col­lected and read many books and on­line ar­ti­cles about the his­tory, as well as pur­chas­ing nu­mer­ous mer­chan­dise items to show my red pas­sion. I have had a sen­sa­tional year at­tend­ing two Su­per­cars races, the Sin­ga­pore For­mula One GP, and when in Europe the For­mula One races in Spain and Monaco, where ‘our’ Daniel won, much to my wife’s de­light. I was speaking to a drag rac­ing record holder last week about our mo­tor­sport pas­sion, and I as­sumed his wife would be sim­i­lar to mine. Alas, not in his case. He told me how lucky I was to have a wife who sup­ports my pas­sion, comes to events with me and can even have a con­ver­sa­tion about the state of play. This re­ally hit home at how lucky I am, in­deed. To all the women out there who fol­low mo­tor­sports, and sup­port their part­ners, I salute you. Paul Lowrey, via email

Your hol­i­days and week­ends must be easy to plan, Paul. And you mustn’t ever have a short­age of fam­ily time!

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