Thursday, April 25, 2013

How to Go Faster & Influence People - Gordon Murray

Superb documentary detailing his Formula One design career, the McLaren F1, and his latest microcar projects, the revolutionary T25 and T27.

One I Wrote for Petrolicious - 928 Ways to Kill the 911

"A world without the Porsche 911 is not a place I like to imagine, but to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, you’ve got no place as a writer if you’re not willing to indulge the occasional dark thought. So here goes: no iconic uber-beetle, that unmistakable silhouette honed by decades of aerodynamic refinement no more than a dream, the gruff, off-beat idle and yowling, warbling top-end scream of that fabulous pancake six merely an echo from an alternate plane of reality, that gently bobbing front end, living, ethereal steering, initial understeer and physics-defying post-apex traction no more corporeal than an emotion. This 911-less world is a cold and colorless place for anyone with petrol in the blood, a nightmare scenario for those of us who love great cars like others love the sun, so we should all be thankful that Porsche never had their way—they never killed the 911."


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013

What I've Been Busy With - Long Live ANF

Hey all, sorry for the lack of work on the site lately.  I know I promised I’d be back to full-strength soon but unfortunately that’s just not proven to be realistic.  As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working with Petrolicious, but I'm happy to announce it's now on a full-time basis!  Working there is an amazing opportunity which I’m enjoying the hell out of, but it leaves me with very little time to tend to ANF like I used be able to.

I was initially motivated to start this blog after reading a very inspirational article in evo, which I just happened to read on lunch break during a particularly stressful day at my shitty fucking corporate job sometime early last year, in which the writer was giving advice on how to break into the world of professional auto journalism.  Paraphrasing, it went something like this: “Write about what you know, about what you’re passionate about, and pay little or no attention to what is popular or widely-covered at the time – be unique, be entertaining, and have fun.  If you’re talented, lucky, and know how to network you’ll have a good chance of landing your dream career”.  I honestly thought it was an over-simplistic and optimistic view at the time, but also felt that I had nothing to lose - at the worst, I’d have a creative outlet and a blank palette on which to exercise my many OCD’s.  Soon after I was laid off, and on the advice of my awesome, beautiful wife I turned down several potentially quite lucrative job offers in order to play the long-shot and pursue my dream career.

With the help and friendship of Jim at Tamerlane’s Thoughts and Lord Orlove over at Jalopnik (I’m deeply and sincerely grateful, thanks for all the support and encouragement, guys.  Incidentally, Raphael, your bosses can suck a fat one for never responding to my earnest and heartfelt employment inquiries…) I soon began to see steady and exponential growth of my audience.  I was shocked, and remain so even today – the idea that people were actually interested in my unfocused, nerdy, random, and frequently odd rantings about cars just blew me away.  I owe you all so much, you have no idea how much you helped me get through a very difficult part of my life.  Your readership and comments kept me going and gave me the confidence to keep pushing ahead, and I wouldn’t be where I am without you.

About two months ago, Josh, the ridiculously skilled filmmaker and all-around nice guy behind Petrolicious’ video production, contacted me and said he liked my work and wanted to know if I would be interested in working with them.  Obviously I was, though I tried (but failed) to play it cool.  I've never been good at that.

So here I am, writing professionally, working with talented and ambitious people who are just as passionate as I am, making a living at doing what I love to do, with no formal background or training in writing.  At the risk of sounding clich├ęd (when did I ever worry about that, right?), this experience has taught me that you should never give up on your dreams, regardless of how impractical or unlikely their attainment may seem – if I can do it, anyone can.  I plan on being in this industry for a looong time, keep an eye out for my name.

That explains the slow down, then.  I don’t plan on abandoning the site - I love it too much for that - but I won’t be updating on a daily or even weekly basis anymore, either.  I’ll still post a few cool pics and videos from time-to-time, and once every few weeks I’ll try to post an editorial or story as well.  I have a lot of creative freedom at Petrolicious, but once in a while what I want to write about isn’t a good fit – maybe it’s just a bit personal or a bit sweary – and that’s what I’ll post here.  I wish I could post more frequently, but I value you too much to give you quantity over quality.  Stay tuned, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Again, thank you all, sincerely and deeply.

P.S. – follow me at Petrolicious, suckas!

me, yesterday - a very happy carb