How upsetting that news of Allan McNish’s retirement comes so swiftly after his triumphs as champion WEC driver and Motor Sport guest editor.
My father and I had the pleasure of taking in the 2007 ALMS race at Laguna Seca. The race was held in October that year: when the sun dipped below the horizon and the customary evening fog started pouring in, things got seriously cold.
With visibility waning, tyre temperatures dropping and a Penske Porsche RS Spyder seemingly tethered inches from the rear of his Audi R10, McNish never put a foot wrong. I think everyone in attendance knew that the talented Scot was putting on a masterclass, as the typically fair-weather California contingent (most, anyway) hung on until the chequered flag fell.
Nearly as enjoyable as watching McNish’s drive was reading his insightful words in the pages of your magazine. Here’s hoping that he spends at least a little more of his upcoming free time in your offices, preferably at a keyboard.
Rod Rothacher, Burbank, California