Canadian GP Diary – Page Three
Monday June 3rd, two full days before I board a train on my way to F1 bliss. I’m very excited about today. I’m spending the day with my friend Mr. Peter Cheney of the Globe and Mail. He’s the National driving columnist and absolute car fanatic! An engineer trapped in a writer’s body. I swear, if he cuts, he bleeds petrol. He wasn’t always an automotive journalist however. In fact, on the Globe’s website, it says the following,
“Peter Cheney launched his driving column after 25 years as an award-winning feature writer, investigative reporter and news correspondent.” … Going to say “Peter has covered everything from plane crashes to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the winner of three National Newspaper awards for investigative and foreign reporting, and was nominated for a fourth in the feature-writing category. He is also a five-time winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists Award for investigative reporting.” (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/authors/peter-cheney)
You can follow Peter on Twitter (@CheneyDrive) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cheneydrive), believe me, you won’t be disappointed. Peter’s command of the English language married with his experiences and savoir-fair makes for some seriously enjoyable reading.
If just hanging out with Peter wasn’t enough, we’ll be in his sexy Lotus Evora on a Track Day at the legendary Canadian Mosport circuit. It’s actually called the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park now (http://www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/), but F1 fans will know it best as Mosport Park.
The Canadian GP connection?
In 1967, just a few years before I was born, Mosport hosted the first (Player’s sponsored) Canadian Grand Prix. There, in the remote northern countryside of a rather rural town, a massive 58,000 fans gathered to watch Jack Brabham beat Denny Hulme to the flag. Ten years later, Canada’s own son (Gilles Villeneuve) would compete at Mosport at the wheel of his Ferrari 312T2. His team-mate Jody Scheckter would win the race and it would sadly be the last time the pair would race there. In 1978, the race was moved to Montreal where it has made its home.
What better way to kick off my Canadian GP week than cracking around a former Formula One circuit with a friend in hot red sports car built for speed? There simply isn’t a better way.
More on my Canadian GP adventures tomorrow…
Ernie Black – @TheF1Poet