March 2017: McLarens, motorsport and Michael Jackson

Plenty of freelance project variety over the past month, with subbing and editing work including stints at Land Rover Monthly and weekly mag Auto Express. I’m especially pleased with how Octane‘s Chequered Flag historic motorsport supplement has turned out; I spent a week in-office with the magazine’s editorial team helping to produce this annual publication.

Still with Octane, I wrote a piece for the mag about my latest classic acquisition, a 1952 Sunbeam S8 motorcycle that’s been in my family for more than 40 years.

As part of my work with Haymarket’s automotive syndication team I’ve written numerous pieces for the London Evening Standard and The Independent among other national newspapers. And all the while my editing work on the next issue of the RoadSmart member magazine for IAM RoadSmart continues apace, with publication scheduled for the end of May.

Through my retro film location and prop hire agency Planet Sputnik I worked with high-end style magazine Adam&Eve to produce a Dior Spring/Summer 2017 fashion shoot. Our 1965 Triumph T100SS motorcycle looks particularly fine in the images shot at stunning Cliveden House in Berkshire, as you can see in this behind-the-scenes footage

I also worked on Channel 5’s Michael Jackson: The Man In The Mirror. Key segments of this insightful docu-drama about the superstar’s life story were filmed at our retro location, which was transformed into the Jackson family’s 1960s’ Indiana home.

March wasn’t all work and no play, though. On the eve of the 75th Members’ Meeting, I spent two days with supercar manufacturer McLaren at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, for a world-exclusive media preview of the new McLaren documentary. The story of motorsport pioneer, champion and hero Bruce McLaren is superb, and a real tear-jerker. If you’re a petrolhead, engineer, love motorsport or just enjoy a fabulous human-interest film, look out for its release in the summer.

Driving the McLaren 570S on the Revival circuit (during which we paid our respects at the site of Bruce’s tragic death while testing there in 1970), as well as up the Festival of Speed hillclimb outside Goodwood House, was an equally fabulous experience. I love my job!

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