A wild ride

Well not that wild because hooligan behaviour is frowned on at track days and this was a chance to experience the car on the track rather that get too carried away, but this E Type Jaguar was a bit special and track prepared rather than a standard road going version.

An E Type experience at Bicester Heritage

So there you are. Four laps of the Bicester Heritage track and they passed so quickly that you can hear me query whether or not I had had my full four as I get told to come back in.

This was filmed in July 2020 during the Covid-19 outbreak, hence the face masks.

Great fun. If you would like a go too then check out Car Chase Heroes. They have all sorts of cars available at a variety of UK locations.

Ciao, Stirling – Book Review

I suppose that I should confess that I was not a Moss fan in his racing days. Like most when offered a choice I took sides and I was a Mike Hawthorn supporter although I did always respect just how good Stirling Moss was as a driver. Later in life I met him and became a fan.

It makes a good read. There are lots of stories of life in the mews and on the road all told in an entertaining style. Some of the tales are known, but here we see them from another angle. There is also an insight into living in London in the late fifties and into the sixties that makes it something of a social commentary rather than just another motor sport biography.

I did wonder if the world needed another book on Moss, but it does deserve this one. I enjoyed it and it has earned its place on my bookshelf.

Progress on the Amazon Book Shop

It seems that changes on Amazon since I set up the original shop mean that I can no longer provide a single link to all of the books that I am selling there. I understand, I think, why they have done this and have no complaints.

What I will try to do is see if I can promote individual listings as I used to do with the eBay store. I’m not sure if that is possible and I have other things to do this afternoon so it can go on my job list for another day.

I have listed, or reactivated listings, for about 16 books today ranging from motoring through motorsports and field sports to railway history. More small steps…

Plans for the future – some progress

My old web site at driverjohn.co.uk will cease to work as of today, 30th June 2020. For many of you it may not have worked for some time as I related in the earlier Plans for the Future post. Also as of today I have driver-john.com as a web address and my DriverJohn blog is sat there.

It is, at least, a positive step and I can hopefully relax a little about whether my web site is up or not. As far as how this blog links with that one I am still looking at the options. It is a sad fact, but there are still many service providers out there who cannot answer a direct question along the lines of; “If I do this what happens?”.

My problem is that some steps are irreversible and I don’t want to cross a bridge and burn it behind me. I have enough experience of IT to know that backing something up is a very wise step, but it does not always enable you to go back to where you were.

Anyway, some progress has been made today and I am happier than I was yesterday. That alone is a result.

Plans for the future

One thing that the lockdown has given me is time to think and one thought is that it might be better too merge this blog into my DriverJohn one and so I am looking at what that would entail.

The two blogs started out with different aims. This one was about motorsport and morphed into including my collectables business whilst DriverJohn was more about the vehicles that I have driven on the road and expanded to include my having driven railway engines and flown aeroplanes.

That difference still exists, but my collectables business is called DriverJohn and so having a blog with that name that does not talk about the business and another blog with a different name that does has caused some confusion with people wanting to do business with me and trying to explain an illogical situation is boring (to the listener) and just either turns them off or confuses them further. Both effects are bad for business.

Another factor in all of this is that the web hosting service that the driverjohn.co.uk web site sits with have become hard to work with. I need to do something with that website and it looks like a change of hosting service is the way forward so my plan is to make the WordPress DriverJohn blog the home web site for my DriverJohn trading and then move these pages over there too.

The main problem with doing that is that some of these blog posts have become very popular and pop up on search engines as a result. If I move them it seems that those search links will be broken so until I find an answer to that this blog will remain here.

Life is never easy, but if it was it would not be so much fun.

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