MotorSport and Tobacco Kill. Light up for Marco and Dan.

Dan Wheldon, God bless him. I wasn’t going to write about one little crash, which happened to claim the life of a great British pilot. Not 7 days later, Marco Simoncelli, God bless him. I wasn’t going to mention such a collision either. Often the riders walk away to a roar of applause and cheer from the crowd, but not this time.
Neither of these incidents differs from the hundreds of other deaths in motorsport. Often deaths are unnoticed, classed as ‘also-rans’ who probably made a mistake. Some deaths point the finger of blame, wrongly to a competitor involved. And sometimes it’s a mystery, no explanation; they just veer away from the pre-determined racing line and never return.
There are many incidents, horrific, sad, wasteful and from a critics view sometimes inevitable.
It is widely agreed that motorsport is dangerous, even at a go-karting level there is the risk something could possibly happen, which in that one to a thousand shot would result in the drivers untimely death.
To pre-empt the barrage of media coverage that will no doubt call for the banning of this sick suicidal sport in many ‘westernised’ countries, I hope to speak on behalf of the true motorsport enthuasiasts.
I hope to speak for the haters of DRS, the loathers of KERs, the fans that cry when they realise F1 is going green with 1.8l engines.
Death and Motorsport go hand in hand. It’s part of the attraction, in a highly modernised world or fast food and internet shopping, men and women alike will go in search of that thrill, primitively taking down a saber tooth tiger, modernly taming a 200 mph circuit, both with that risk of death and the payoff of survival and reward.
Motorsport kills. That’s why we never minded having tobacco sponsorship.
It’s a choice, the riders, the drivers know the risk and enjoy taking them. The fans understand this risk and take great joy from watching people survive.
Do fans care? Of course, why else is twitter and facebook full of heartfelt messages, why else are my eyes streaming as I watch the coverage? Of course we care, but come what may, no racing fan will ever say “enough is enough, stop” and for that reason, the race, just like the show, will go on.

Battle of the Papercuts

So I put the phone down and yelled. “How on earth can they charge that much? It’s rather silly!” Okay, there were probably a few more words in there but I can’t write them down in a blog. I’m trying to get more racing in my life, short of reading the internet all day, and spending a fortune at the local kart track. So aside from the insane prices of £30 a month I’ve just been quoted for Satellite TV there’s only one option left.

Of this option, the old trusty hand held store bought magazine, are a few leading competitors. F1Racing, Autosport and MotorSport.

Autosport for my money seems a bit out of place. It holds a good cross section of news across most motorsports and is good for referencing or broadening the mind. But if you have the internet and access to autosport.com then the magazine falls flat, and the moment it rolls off the production line it’s out of date.

F1Racing is monthly with plenty of news, interviews, brief technical analysis and high quality photographs that many close followers of F1 already have a wide understanding and knowledge of. However for the more casual viewer who has no time to read blogs such as this, or much better ones, the magazine is a great break-time filler and supplement to their limited Sunday afternoon viewing.

MotorSport on the other hand, holds the main positive of Autosport, covering that wide cross section of motorsport. But instead of trying to give out news, bringing itself directly into competition with websites that are updated hourly, it focuses mainly on the opinion of high profile motorsport personalities.

Currently there roster includes Gordon Kirby, Rob Widdows, Patrick Head, and of course Nigel Roebuck; All of which have an uncanny way of seeing through the press releases, or explaining the true goings on in the background of various scenarios. Obviously opinion, is no good without supporting facts, and often leads to nostalgic tales from interviews with great historic figures such as Stirling Moss.

So, let’s have a run down.

If you’re well off, get the Satellite TV, Eurosport, MotorsTV, Sky Sports News should all keep you up to date.

If you don’t have internet and need to know everything about racing, get Autosport, it’s your bible.

If your casual you don’t really care about racing, you love the crashes, the DRS, KERs and you hate Alonso and glossy pictures, then F1Racing is your monthly one off buy.

If [like me] your totally hooked on racing, you read news websites and share opinion all day but you’ve got a few spare pounds at the end of a long month at work. Grab Motorsport, you might just learn something new.