Readers may know Eoin as much for his book-selling adverts in the back of this magazine as for his long career reporting racing. Now back in his native New Zealand, Eoin lived here for many years, working for Bruce McLaren and becoming a team director before starting a racing consultancy. It was a visit to the Indy Museum which made him ask – why are Caracciola’s trophies there?
The only Motor Sport writer with a documentary about Pavarotti to his credit, Adam first made a name as a rock journalist and still writes on music for the grown-up papers. More recently immersed in motor racing, his involvement in a TV production company gives him first-hand insight into the challenge the Beeb faces in restarting Grand Prix coverage. But how can they go wrong? No adverts…
Honda’s withdrawal from F1 even before new cost-cutting measures take effect has shaken an industry already shivering in the financial draught. Joe’s long relationships with racing’s senior figures, developed over years reporting on the sport, have enabled him to get frank opinions from the men who must decide how to handle cash flows which, even in a recession, still total millions of dollars.
There’s a theory around the Formula 1 paddock that Adam is planning to build his own Grand Prix car, as he has for years been collecting parts – the latest being large sections of a Tyrrell P34. Perhaps he can take up the vacant Honda slot. In the meantime his candid conversation with Nelson Piquet about a disappointing first season is an illuminating view of how hard it is as a new boy.