One of the perks of being editor of the Mazda magazine is that I get to drive their cars in strange places. Like on a frozen lake in the middle of Sweden. It was so much fun I had to tell the readers of The Daily Telegraph, too.
…er, that would be me. And my good mate Tim Bampton. If you google either of us, it’s more than likely that this is what you’ll find first – our assault on the 2002 Midnight Sun to Red Sea Marathon Rally, in a works-prepared Toyota Prius. It was a genuine world first. Seriously, no one had ever thought to race a hybrid before us. And, whilst it was pretty slow going at times, we finished the event (not last!) and I wrote about it for, amongst others, Top Gear and The Daily Telegraph. We also blogged daily – before it was even called blogging – produced web video and an hour-long documentary and were even tracked live by satellite. So I’d better put this in all three of my categories: car stuff, tech stuff and travel stuff! Want to read a bit about it – then click here: TG Rally Story
Jussi Salonoja, the sausage king of Finland, also holds the honour of receiving the priciest speeding ticket ever issued. After being nabbed driving at 80km/h in a 40km/h the millionaire was fined a record 170,000 (£116,000) in February 2004. Finland’s fines are income related and tax office records showed that Salonoja had earned almost £7m in 2002. So he could probably afford it.
It’s still for sale on Amazon. Please buy it, it will help pay for my dad’s new Jag.
I love Japan. They made an indoor beach, complete with its own ocean. About half a mile from a real beach and a real ocean. Sadly it closed – just as my story about the place was being published in the first issue of Zoom Zoom. Read it: Indoor Beach
And now for the science bit… BBC Focus wanted a technical tear-down of the world’s fastest car. And they asked me. Did that mean I got to drive it? Did it hell. Read it :focusbug.
Probably not my smartest idea. I went to Newfoundland with a very brave Canadian climber called Ben and persuaded him to climb an iceberg. Except we couldn’t find any. And then, when we finally did, it wasn’t exactly easy. Still, made a nice story for Zoom Zoom thanks to some great pix by Philip Lee Harvey. Download a PDF if you like. Iceberg climbing
Back in 2005 I borrowed a Range Rover and set out to explore the World’s Most Dangerous Road. My story appeared in Car magazine and Land Rover’s One Life magazine. And I made this short fil, which has proved quite popular on YouTube.