About Me

Hello to all!!!

I am finally back with my renewed website, which I chose to maintain the same name my original WordPress blog, where it all began three years ago – Wanderings of a Motor Racing Historian. In matter of fact, an historian, whatever he dedicates himself, is always wandering through pieces of the past – documents, books, magazines, photos, videos, even interviewing people. It’s a fascinating work, and since motor racing and history were my childhood passions, I found a way to join both.

I am Guilherme Ribeiro, a 28-years old Portuguese man, born and living at Porto. Since I remember myself, I always loved cars, and I have bare memories of watching a white and red Footwork with my father at TV, which implies that, being born in 1989, I was already seeing Formula 1 by 1993 (the last year where the team used that beautiful livery). But the first season I remember to see almost completely was 1994. Thus I was born with the memories of early Schumacher’s domination, his fight against Damon Hill and how it all ended – which made me hate everyone who recurs to any dirty tactics to achieve his purposes – but, more than that, the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna. I remember Senna’s crash today, I saw it live, but it didn’t diminish my passion for motor racing. As I grew up, I remember to watch and play a lot with my little cars F1 races, and I was also an avid reader of a wide range of themes, from astronomy to geography, biology to history, etc… Some of these interests accompanied me while growing, and I became an avid reader, mainly historical romances, something that I remain – sometimes it’s so interesting that causes insomnia…

As I became a teen, my passion for motor racing grew a lot, and history was always intertwined with it. I bought my first racing books about the past and, then, came the internet. Woowww suddenly a 13-years old teen found so much information in so many places that he had no place to start by!!! It was a huge emotion, mainly when I discovered Atlas Nostalgia Forum. This was THE catalyst of my future works. I had fourteen and, suddenly, I was a member of one of the biggest and best communities in motor racing – there were no social networks back then. TNF’s material and information was something I never ever expected to achieve, and it sparked my interest to become a motor racing historian and writer. Interestingly… I always hated writing…

I grew up and followed haphazardly as a typical teenager my ideas. Next, I went to College, applying for a degree in Microbiology. As I told you before, sciences were an old passion too, so when we have to choose between equal passion for Sciences and Humanities, the weight in the balance was the probability to get a job, and Sciences win by miles… Thus I started my degree, taking an option to do Biochemistry instead of Microbiology when we had to choose, while I started my first motor racing writings. But the degree was extremely hard and I rarely had time to do a bigger thing. Even that, under alias, I published my first works at TNF and 8W. Then I applied for the Master Degree in Applied Microbiology, and had lesser and lesser time to dedicate myself to my dear hobby.

However, I was increasingly tired and amidst a huge vocational crisis. Even if I enjoyed sciences since I was young, my greatest love was history, and as soon as the years of the degree passed on, I found it more and more evident. And the huge personal pressure a career in scientific investigation was taking a heavy toll on me, so I took some time to reflect and while doing my Master thesis, I decided my career in sciences would end when I delivered the thesis and have the final presentation and argument, and I would switch to History. I really thank my parents for all their enormous support, because a second degree is a huge financial burden, but they helped me a lot, and I am far happier now. Of course, my original idea was to start an academic career in history and pursue my motor racing investigations as a hobby, but everything turned differently than I expected. When I applied to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities I had very high expectations, that weren’t entirely fulfilled. Then, it surged a chance to do the final degree project with a race-related theme, and now the same with my Master thesis in Contemporary History. And I followed that destiny, let’s see where it leads me…

So this website is the culmination of a lot of years working on this area as an amateur, mostly behind the screen and among my books and magazines. I don’t come from a family with big interest in racing to take me to the races and rallies, so this passion grew from TV and, most of it, wandering through something. The web and paper – I am a traditionalist, I far prefer doing research on journals and books. It was always very important for me on a personal level, because I had some personal issues when I got literally exhausted during my period in sciences and even in history, and my hobby was something that helped me to turn around and start again. So here I am, a racing passionate, cat lover, extremely avid reader and writer, and someone who loves to enjoy himself with friends too.

But this work isn’t only for me, but for you. History is made for the readers, and I hope you enjoy. I leave you with my stories, some of them you know well, others you haven’t heard about. Hope you enjoy…

Best Regards

Guilherme Ribeiro