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F1: The F1Buzz On The Infamous SpyAmigo – Jordan Irvine

by on June 21, 2012

SpyAmigo (Jordan Irvine) And Me

One of the advantages of running one’s own blog is the freedom it offers to post any random thought or story.  Today I chose to post about my evening with a very genuine and kind chap by the name of Jordan Irvine.

For those of you who don’t know the name, Jordan is a Formula One & Motorsports Tweeter, Blogger, Journalist & Contributing Editor to @NextgenAuto and proud Canadian.  He is credited for starting the infamous #F1Buzz Twitter hashtag and is also known as F1’s official #SpyAmigo and @IrvineF1 on Twitter.  His blog serves as his online portfolio and reads like an F1 fan’s magazine rack.  To his readers and followers however, it serves as an escape from the everyday that allows us to dive into a world of Motorsports passion and intrigue.  Read his blog or his other works and judge for yourself, one can clearly see why Jordan does what he does and does it so well.

I didn’t want this post to be an interview piece or a biographical account.  I sincerely wanted to share with you bits of our evening last night.  Just two racing hooligans having a few laughs, sharing a few stories and experiences over a bite to eat and a frosty beer.

This meeting has been a long time coming.  Having chatted with him on several occasions, our schedules simply never aligned to allow us to come together until last evening.  In short, it was a great evening.  Anyone that follows @IrvineF1 can attest that he is normally very gracious with his time and very good to his followers.  He makes an effort to connect his followers to the action on track when possible.  Never was this more apparent than in pre-season testing when he was in constant contact with his followers on Twitter.  A social aspect of the job that many F1 journalists struggle with and do not share Jordan’s natural affinity.  I understand now why some F1 journalists don’t respond to many tweets.  Within just a few moments of having sat down, I noticed his phone was under constant Twitter siege which continued throughout the evening. 

As a writer that does not get to travel around the world as part of the Formula One circus, I asked him about some of his globetrotting experiences.  If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an F1 journalist or wondered what it would be like, pay close attention.  It is VERY HARD work, and it IS worth it.  Long long days, very little sleep, note taking, writing, re-reading, editing, polishing etc.. While many fans sit and watch the race from their living rooms or from a grandstand, many of the journalists sit in a cramped media center following the action and the timing from many screens.  There isn’t much glitz and glamour, but there are definitely some serious perks.  The bottom line is, if you want to be successful in anything you do in life, you need to commit yourself and work bloody hard while you keep your expectations and ego in check.

I suppose in a way, I wanted to write this as a thank you to him for taking the time to sit with me for a couple of hours and just shoot the breeze.  On a personal note, I have to say I wasn’t at all intimidated.  The tall tattooed Canadian and lover of sports (namely Ice Hockey) is transparent, honest and genuine. Everyone has their own opinions when it comes to subjects like sports and it was fun sharing them with each other.  I felt as though we had known each other for years and just hadn’t sat down in a while.  To me, Jordan showed that you can be a great sports writer (form your own opinion on that) and still be personable, genuine and not have a chip on your shoulder.  It would be far too easy for someone in Jordan’s position to look down his own nose at fans, and bloggers and just brush them aside as insignificant.  There is after all, a sense of “celebrity status” that comes with being an F1 personality.

He offered me some advice about my writing while complimenting me on my blog.  We called it a night and shook hands just before SpyAmigo mysteriously disappeared into the dark of night as he walked away.

To give you an idea of Jordan’s character, I hadn’t even reached my vehicle yet when I received an SMS from him thanking me for meeting with him.  That my friends, is rare to find these days. 

Author: Ernie Black
Twitter: @Goggs_on_F1


From → Features, Formula One

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