See you all next week.
I am going to be the first to admit I was a little distracted during the race in Texas for multiple reasons but mainly I had been running around on Saturday trying to get all the stuff I needed done and taken care of because I am heading off for Phoenix Wednesday so during commercials I was doing exciting things like laundry.
And wouldn’t you know it the one day that I decide to forgo listening to the scanner that the 14 has a fairly decent run! (more…)
If you’ve been reading for awhile- you know that I reviewed author the first two books in Simon Wood’s racing thriller series here on BadGroove a couple months ago. As I mentioned in the review, I rather enjoyed both DID NOT FINISH and HOT SEAT and expanded out to Simon’s other “non racing” books. I am excited that Simon was kind enough to answer some questions for me for BadGroove. So without further adieu:
BG: Did you always want to be a writer? Did you have a proclivity towards writing as a child?
Simon: No, not at all. I’m dyslexic so I avoided the written word like the plague. I wanted to draw. I was a daydreamer coming up with stories but I didn’t begin writing until I was thirty.
BG: Your bio mentions you are a sometimes private investigator. How did you get into private investigation work?
Simon: When I moved to the US, I couldn’t get a job. My wife and I were living pretty close to the breadline so we were looking to supplement our income so we responded to an ad to become mystery shoppers. We “shopped” cinemas, electronic stores, fast food joints, etc. We did well enough that we kept being bumped up the food chain moving to restaurants, to hotels and to finally casinos. Once we started working in Vegas, we had to get PI licenses.
BG: Does being a “sometimes private investigator” help with being a writer- especially in the suspense/thriller genre?
Simon: To be honest, most of the work was pretty sedate and detail oriented. The only thing we did have to do was come up with a lot of cover stories as we were undercover a lot of time. The best thing about the job is all the people watching I got to do.
BG: Who are a couple of your favorite authors and/or books?
Simon: I’m a big Reginald Hill & Raymond Chandler fan. But I would say my biggest influence is Hitchcock. He understood human frailty and he liked to poke it with a stick and I like that.
Simon’s books DID NOT FINISH and HOT SEAT are the first two installments that follow Aidy Westlake, a young racer with a pension for finding trouble. Since Simon is an ex-race car driver I wondered how his experience factored into the personality of Aidy.
BG: Did you always want to be a racer? How did you get into it? (more…)
I love Martinsville. There is something about that little paperclip shaped track that makes the racing exciting. This track is HIGH on my list of must visit tracks. Really high. Quarters are close both on track and on pit road- which makes it easy to slip up. Restart wrong? And you might be getting lapped in a few minutes. Another car short pitting might block you into your stall and cost you to go from 3rd to 23rd while you try to jockey out of your pitstall. The cars are in constant danger of contact- and while some of the “rubbing” is unintentional- sometimes- just sometimes it is intentional and nothing will piss you off more that to have your driver intentionally wrecked. But one of the good things about Martinsville- is that you can bang your car up a bit- and still be in contention for the win as long as you don’t let your temper get too out of hand and end up collecting yourself in the drama. However, It’s not just the drivers that are in danger of constant contact- just ask race winner Jeff Gordon’s tire carrier who got clipped (by I think Denny Hamlin but I don’t remember) a car on pit road during a pit stop. (more…)
So several weeks ago I promised you all a story at the end of this post about the first Chase race. Really it’s the story of my first ever race…and I am not talking my first NASCAR race.
Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away- back when the IRL series was known as the CART series, my dad decided that my fandom of motorsports was not a flash in the pan and I think secretly he was thrilled. The Indy cars were coming to Laguna Seca- which is very close to where we lived. At the time I was into that series (I lost interest in it when CART split into IRL and CHAMP and half of my favorite drivers went one way and half went the other way). Since I had always shown a love of racing and specifically CART at the time- my dad laid down what I know was big bucks for him at the time for weekend grandstand tickets in Turn 11 as well as weekend paddock passes for the two of us for the race in Monterey. I was a teenager at the time- so it was probably somewhere around 1990-1991 I think. My parents even excused my absence from school so that we could take full advantage of our weekend tickets. (more…)
While I didn’t watch the truck race at Talladega- I did hear about the last lap melee that ensued and it had me sitting down on Sunday with my usual trepidation about Talladega. I know you probably think I kid but this track makes me very very nervous. From what I heard of the ending of the truck race- I had every reason to be worried. Luckily there wasn’t anything major that happened. Well if you don’t count Austin Dillon’s little flight on the last lap.