Playing at 007

The Aston Martin DB5 was a favourite car before the James Bond connection and although I actually like the look of the DB6 better they are both cars that I wanted to experience and now I have managed to have a go in the former.

The DB 5 operated by Car Chase Heroes is done up as a Bond car with the appropriate number plate and all of the switches and buttons in the arm rest although it does not have the full kit; no machine guns for example.

On first experience it is heavy and, without power steering, needs a bit of effort to get out of its parking space, but once rolling it is fine. I had been warned that the front brake discs and pads were new that morning so late breaking was not an option, but I only wanted to drive it.

Out on the Bicester Heritage test track it was a joy. The engine pulled well and with a nice growl. My 6’2″ and eighteen stone made it a tight fit in the cockpit and there was not a lot of elbow room, but I was otherwise very comfortable. You can see the video of my drive below.

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.

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