Doors open, doors close

It’s the end of an era, and the start of a new one. As a freelance, you become accustomed to change, and repeat business is always coveted and tightly-held. The past two years have been remarkably stable, but through my own actions and decisions of others, that’s all about to change.

For starters, I’m happy to announce that as of January, I’ll be taking over as motorsport editor of Red Bull Australia’s website. It’ll be a big challenge, but it’s one I’m up for, and a big thanks to those at RBA for their faith, and especially to Nikki for prising a few doors open from afar.

What I won’t be doing, as I flagged earlier, is working on The Inside Line next year. My choice, and a tough one as we’d taken the show a long way in the past two seasons, and 90 episodes feels a little bit like unfinished business. But the show will be in great hands next year, and I look forward to watching it without knowing what comes next.

Speaking of unfinished business, what I also won’t be working on for the first time since 1999 is the official event program for the Australian Grand Prix. Through various publishers, departments, cities and mentors (well, ‘mentor’, singular), it’s been a pleasure to work on the official magazine for the first Grand Prix of the year, and always pushing the boat out further than was needed editorially to set a challenge for those working on it and to set a standard for the international editorial colleagues I commissioned to write for it to compare to the equivalent magazines for their own home Grands Prix. “Excuse me Michael Schumacher – do you mind taking your shoes off so we can snap a pic of them? Yes, just put them there. Perfect.”

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Times change in the publishing world, and the new crew will do it their way and arrive at a result. I’m intrigued to see how it all shakes out. It feels like the end of an era and there’s far too many people that need to be acknowledged after a 17-year run working on something, so that’ll be done privately rather than publicly. But they’ll be strange conversations to have.

The way forward is to look forward, and crack on with it. I look forward to finding a home for the revelatory Ricciardo feature that will come from a quite amazing interview last weekend in the near future. It’ll be fun. Always is.

This is the final blog post for 2015, so for those of you who read occasionally or religiously, thanks for the time and the feedback. Over and out.

Golf cart ex Travis Hayto

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