Steve Hindle

Steve Hindle

Lover of beautiful cars, purveyor of beautiful food, practiser of joined-up writing and facilitator for all things motorsport. Steve is a well known figure in British motorsport, former MD of Hyperion Motorsport, Motorsport Development Manager for Westfield Sportscars and now European Brand Manager of Mastretta.

EcoVelocity 2011 turns out to be little more than a damp squib..

The sign on the side of the truck is simple yet evocative – “The Power of Dreams” it reads.

I’d been looking forward to EcoVelocity, London’s Low-Carbon Motor Festival. The choice of venue, the now defunct Battersea Power Station, was inspiring. I could picture the decaying edifice, a symbol of the once might of its smouldering furnaces, now nothing but a fossil, left for generations to wonder over. And there, emerging from the ruins would be living incarnations of the new era; cars and bikes, powered by clean, renewable energy and travelling through air fit for all to breathe.

Opinion: Team Lotus and QPR – will it be one pitch too many?

It was whilst watching Dragon’s Den on BBC TV the other evening that I started to wonder about the physical input (time, management, direction) given to those who successfully pitched their ideas. The financial element is, of course, clearly stated but as most of us know, any venture that is struggling to capitalise on its potential needs more than just hard cash and “association”. This was absolutely the case with the fancy dress business which was eventually taken-on by Duncan Bannatyne.

The Fernandes Files – from Hethel to Darford via Malaysia

It’s been no secret that Corven, the private equity group who funded the buy-out of Caterham from the Nearn family, have long been seeking to retrench their investment. Despite a barrage of gilded PR, the introduction of new models, and ventures with household names ranging from Top Gear to Marks & Spencer, life since 2005 has not been easy for the Dartford outfit.