What If?

Sports Car Insider has one simple goal… provide informative, entertaining, maybe even controversial content revolving around anything and everything that has something to do with the love-affair of the car. Yeah… I know, that could mean just about anything. Well, that’s exactly the point.

Sports Car Insider is one of those projects that came to fruition because of a few people throwing out a bunch of “what-ifs.” Now, to be sure, most of those people are guilty of being somewhat jaded by spending a lot of time around race tracks, race cars and worse… media centers. But to a person, each held the belief that there is room on the internet for a magazine-style journal. One that could apply an open-minded philosophy as its single filter for generating car-based content that is interesting, informative and fun. Not another landing spot geared for heat-of-moment deadline news or PR mill verbiage, but more inline with the stuff made up of late-dinner conversations and BS filled rain-delay jawing sessions.

So… that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to give it to you the way we see it. Period. We might take you to someones garage, or on a road trip, or maybe into the back of a race team’s transporter. And, don’t be surprised if among the racing write-ups you stumble across an opinion about Rat Rods, a local late-model track or maybe a drag race now and then. We’ll even talk about road-trip and race-track dining and send a few postcards along the way.

So, climb in, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

John Thawley

Contributors:

  • John DagysJohn Dagys (Writer) | John is a motorsports journalist who specializes in the coverage of sports car and endurance racing. For the past three years, he has traveled across the country, reporting on the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series for a variety of motorsports publications.

    John got his start in motorsports in 2005 when he co-founded The-Paddock.net, a sports car racing news and features Web site. The ambitious project quickly grew to one of the leading independent outlets covering European and American sports car racing, and featured the work of over a dozen writers and photographers.

    After a successful two and a half year stint as chief editor, John stepped away from The-Paddock.net in late 2007 to peruse other writing opportunities. He joined Motorsport.com as a writer and associate editor and then spent the 2008 season splitting his time reporting on the American Le Mans Series with Trackbytes.com, as well as doing freelance work for clients such as Michelin Motorsports, B-K Motorsports, Intersport Racing and Road Atlanta.

    For 2009, John joined up with SPEEDtv.com as its sports car racing reporter. He also graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May, with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism - News Reporting and Writing.

    You can follow John at SPEEDtv.com 

  • Peter M. De LorenzoPeter M. De Lorenzo (Opinions) | After a 22-year career in automotive advertising and marketing, Peter M. De Lorenzo founded Autoextremist.com on June 1, 1999 as an Internet magazine devoted to news, commentary and analysis of the auto industry. Since then, the site has become a weekly “must read” for leading professionals within and outside the auto industry, and De Lorenzo is considered to be one of the most influential voices commenting on the business today.

    De Lorenzo is also the author of The United States of Toyota - which is available on amazon.com, borders.com, barnesandnoble.com and powells.com.

    Keep up with Peter’s commentary at Autoextremist

  • Rick DoleRick Dole (Photography / Op-Ed) | For the past 20 plus years, assignments have taken Rick Dole from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the ultra-modern F1 circuit in Shanghai and the traditional red clay tennis courts of Roland Garros in Paris.  While he has photographed virtually every great sporting event and auto racing circuit throughout the United States and Europe, his passion remains with sports car racing.

    In addition to shooting action, Dole is an accomplished portrait and corporate photographer.  He is known for his strong work ethic, and an uncanny knack for finding unique perspectives that result in subtle, rich, and stunning images.

    Dole’s editorial work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, L’Equipe, Autoweek, AutoSport, Car & Driver, Racer, and Road & Track.  His corporate clients include NASCAR, Ingersol-Rand, Asprey, Ben Hogan Golf, Diadora, Ford, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Skip Barber, and Michelin North America. Rick Dole images are distributed by Getty.

    See more of Rick’s photography on his site Richard Dole Photography

  • Stephen ErrityStephen Errity (Writer) | If you believe the charming story often told by his mother, Stephen’s first word was ‘car’, and to say that was a sign of things to come would be something of an understatement. A native and resident of Dublin, Ireland, Stephen earned an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University in 2007 and currently works as a staff writer and proofreader at a magazine publishing house, where he contributes to several automotive titles. At weekends, he can be found either covering a club-level motorsport event somewhere in Ireland or exploring the limits of his Mazda Miata’s handling at a local trackday. An close follower of most international racing series, he has a particular affinity for sportscar racing and travels to as many events each year as time and budget will allow.

    Stephen mantains a blog at http://stephenerrity.wordpress.com and can also be followed on Twitter (@83ste).

  • Ed FaheyEd Fahey (Photographer)| A true child of the ’80s, Ed grew up with Rothmans Porsche 956/962s and BMW M1s occupying his mind as much as The A-Team and Knight Rider, which left him with an enduring love of sportscar racing, not to mention Saturday afternoon TV shows. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and an IT professional by trade, Ed was properly introduced to photography 15 years ago and has been covering all kinds of motorsport for the last 10, from sportscar racing to drifting, Time Attack and destruction derbies. Various Irish and British magazines have published his work.

    When not lugging Nikons around trackside at local events in Ireland or major European events, he races slot cars - he is a former two-time Irish champion of this discipline and is also part of a team that participates in 24-hour slot races. Ed follows most international motorsports closely and is also a keen researcher of the history of sportscar racing in ’80s and ’90s.

    Ed’s blog can be found at http://edfahey.wordpress.com and he can also be followed on Twitter - @yehafde
  • David HaueterDavid Haueter (photography / reports) David Haueter has been a freelance writer and photographer for over twenty years, and is on the staff of the BMW Car Club of America’s Roundel magazine, as well as Bimmer magazine. In the “Paddock Pass” racing column he writes for Bimmer, Haueter covers BMW efforts in all sports car and endurance racing, from Continental Challenge to ALMS and everything in between.

    Haueter’s writing and photos have also been published in Forza, Excellence, BMW Magazine, Grassroots Motorsports and Racer, as well as on various racing, team and driver websites. During his years as an automotive journalist, he has also completed high-performance driving programs at the Skip Barber Racing School and the BMW Performance Center, including the Advanced M School.

    Haueter works for market research firm InfoTrends, covering the digital photography market.

    You can see more of David’s photography on his site David Haueter.

  • Regis Lefebure Regis Lefebure(Photography) | Representing some of the top teams, marques and publications in sportscar racing, Lefebure is widely known for his uncanny timing, spectacular use of color and unique sense of composition and style. His coverage of the ALMS, LMES and Le Mans for Audi has been utilized in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

    Regis’ print and magazine work includes cover features for the Washington Post magazine, Smithsonian, Board Member, Wine Spectator, Racer, Preservation, and features for United Airlines, Forbes, MCI, the Shakespeare Theatre, Bank Director, Mother Jones, NY Times magazine, USAir, Discovery Communications and Yachting.

    You can see more of Regis’ work at his site Regis Lefebure Photography

     
  • John Thawley John Thawley(Editor / Photography) | John Thawley maintains an archive filled with trackside photography from SCCA SPEED World Challenge, American LeMans, Grand American Series, Trans-Am IRL, and Champ Car. In 2003, Thawley was the official photographer for the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup.

    In addition to being a full-time motorsports photographer, John Thawley owns Creative Communications Group. Creative Communications Group is a company specializing in graphic design for print and electronic online applications.

    In 2006, Thawley founded the Automotive Photographer’s Network, a site for photographers at both the enthusaist and professional levels featuring news, reviews, a professional member directory and community forum.

    Thawley travels extensively throughout the year shooting the full schedules of American Le Mans Series, SPEED World Challenge Series and select Grand-Am, and Indy Racing League events.

    You can view John’s portfolio and blog on his site T H A W L E Y