2016 is well under way, I’m making some changes at The Rennsport Report.
Last year ended up being a bit of a failure. Fate conspired to make my life more complicated than I had anticipated. Promises fell through, money didn’t materialise and people who had asked me to “get in-touch” became uncontactable. Many of my aspirations for this blog were crushed beneath the heel of bureaucracy, with publishers and writers claiming that The Rennsport Report was nothing more than a pipe dream.
So I have taken some time to re-evaluate what I want this blog to be, and where I want to take it in the future. The biggest changes will be to the written content. I’ve decided that I’m not going to keep regurgitating the mindless press releases that arrive in my inbox on a daily basis. Sure there will be elements of that within my work, after all if the content is newsworthy I will publish it in some way. The main thing is that I am going to write this blog as a blog in the truest sense of the word; that is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.
I’m a fully paid up member of the NUJ (National Union of Journalists), I have a press card and by all accounts am considered to be a journalist, so I guess I should start flexing my journalistic muscles! The Rennsport Report will be developed slowly with well written and researched articles and stories. It is going to be the story of my relationship with cars, car culture and motorsport. Porsche is still at the very top of the list of marques that I want to write about, but there will be times when I will need to write about other manufacturers, especially if it informs future pieces that I will be publishing. Racing is still at the core of what I want to write about here, however I am going to spending more time looking at the culture that surrounds car ownership. My style is going to be far more participatory and subjective, a personal and unique view of the world of Porsche car culture.
As Peter Høeg has written, “There is one way to understand another culture. Living it.”
So, on a tight budget and without being an owner of my favourite German brand of motor car, I will be taking a journey into the cult of Porsche.
Enjoy – JP
Porsche artwork by Khyzyl Saleem