Do you remember Ben Southall, the lucky s*d who landed “the best job in the world”? He flew out from UK to Australia in 2009 to begin a work-cation as caretaker of an Australian tropical island, bolstered by a £75,000 salary and use of a luxury beach villa on Hamilton Island, Queensland.
This is precisely the kind of article I enjoy reading, a fly on the wall insight into a special event that most of us can only view from afar.
Created in 1988 by former Michèle Mouton, the only female WRC event winner, and Fredrik Johnsson, the Race of Champions has become the most eagerly-anticipated after party of the motorsport season. This year’s event, run on the 3rd and 4th December, returned to Dusseldorf’s ESPRIT Arena, the venue where relative newcomer Felipe Albuquerque took the overall ‘Champion of Champions’ cup in 2010.
ROAD’s December Christmas issue, “Motorsport Monsters”, features TV presenter, Neil Cole, who’s writing a new monthly motorsport column for us. Neil’s first column comes from the epic Race of Champions (RoC) in Dusseldorf and it’s fabulous!
Welcome to the July issue of Road Magazine – where we are celebrating three of the best press cars we’ve test driven in recent months.
Firstly, there’s the brand spanking new Lotus Evora V6 IPS – the first two-pedal automatic Lotus since 1986, opening the evocative and beautiful Evora to a truly global audience, particularly in America and Asia. Technology has moved on tremendously in the 25 years since the last Lotus auto, and the clever IPS’ twin clutch, “shift by wire” system is one of the best we’ve ever tested – making the most of the 280PS, 350Nm 3.5-litre V6 engine and amazing Evora chassis.
Aston Martin has released an awesome short-film bringing together two of it’s most iconic cars together on the same piece of road. Yes, I did mean to say ‘road’ rather than ‘race track’- for it’s on this private leafy stretch of tarmac that both cars seduce us with their looks and unbridled sense of power.