John Morrison’s HARDDRIVERS….


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John Morrison’s HardDrivers

 The Intercooler’s Steve Sutliffe : “It’s easy to just drive somewhere – to start at point A and arrive at point B having had no incidents en route, mind and body intact. But to merely drive from one place to another isn’t a lot of fun and takes even less skill. And I suspect most of you who read The Intercooler hardly ever want to just drive to get somewhere.

If I’m right, you’re the sort of person who enjoys this mysterious art of driving a whole lot more than most, even if it’s just down to the shops and back.

I’d also suggest you already regard yourself as a pretty decent pedaller because you take pride in the way you drive. And if so, you’d be right. Simply caring about how well you drive puts you in a different league to the average motorist. But we can always get better. Once we pass our test, though, no one really tells us how to improve our techniques. Most of us are self-taught on the stuff that matters most.

Then he says this about wet weather driving … “It’s a strange admission, perhaps, but I actually like driving on wet roads and tracks. In racing cars I’ve always backed myself to be quicker than the next nutcase on a drenched circuit, perhaps because I’ve gradually become confident in my ability to catch a car when it begins to go out of control. Or maybe I just feel less stressed about sliding around on wet circuits because I’ve spent so much time doing so during my day job, making cars do silly things for cameras.

I feel the same as Steve (about driving/racing) on a wet road or track … my view is I welcome it because 1. it will slow more rotten competitors than most – it’s a great leveller, helping me beat them – the more power the greater their embarrassment … 2. the art of sliding a car optimally, gracefully I enjoy absolutely but in the dry, it’s expensive …! 3. Good car control on the extreme limit is where you have to live in order again, to win, to be faster. Additional problems like visibility, room to twirl the wheel, how accelerators/brakes/steering behaves in the curious gripless state for the vehicle, all matter. Finally, I do believe that driving hard in the wet is an art … why an art, because it involves extreme on-the-limit feel and judgement, finessing, patience, and final appreciation of all the fundamentals that affect the purchase of tyre on road.