Movember 2012 Begins

Day 1 – Movember 2012. I’m helping raise money and awareness for this great charity. Check out for more information.

Bike around Brands Hatch Charity Event

Bike around Brands Hatch Charity Event 2012

Bike Around Brands – The Charity Fundraiser

This Friday (17th August 2012) I’ll be participating in the annual “Bike Around Brands” charity cycle event.

The evening event is run by the Swanley & North Downs Lions and is open to all. If you’re in the area on Friday evening it’s definitely worth popping along and putting in a couple of laps around the famous Kent circuit.

I’ll also be attending the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch this weekend, get in touch with me on Twitter @GPmainwood or @JeffMainwood.

Finally, if you’re feeling generous it would be great if you’d sponsor me for the event, contact me if you’d like to. All proceeds will go to Ellenor Lions Hospices including the children and young people’s service, chYps.

Formula 1 Testing at Circuit de Catalunya 2012

Here’s a selection of photos I took at Circuit de Catalunya between 01/03/12 and 04/03/12 of the final Formula One test before the 2012 season begins in Australia in just two weeks time.

A quick note…

Just a quick post appologising for not posting too much on this website recently.

I’ve still got a load of photos from Japan that I need to sort out and get uploaded, unfortunately though I never seem to find the time to properly sit down for a couple of hours and get some albums put together!

Thought I’d give a quick update about what’s happening over the next couple of weeks though.

Tomorrow and Sunday I’ll be at Brands Hatch then I’ll be heading down to Southampton with the boys from Out Side Room where they’ll be playing two gigs at Southampton Solent University and also at Southampton Joiners. If you’d like more information then check out their website or facebook page. They’ve also just had their first EP released on iTunes – well worth a listen!

The following week I’ve got an important visit to Silverstone (which I’m pretty excited about) then the next day I’m flying to Barcelona for four days for the FOTA forum and 2 days at the Formula One test at Circuit de Catalunya. I know quite a few people follow me on Twitter now @GPmainwood and I’ll certainly be tweeting from the forum and also from the test.

Look forward to posting on here again soon.



According to Renault Sport the 2012 3.5 Season is underway – for the teams at least! Check out the press release below

The 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season began on 16 January for the 13 competing teams, as they each took delivery of their first new Formula Renault 3.5. The teams also received their first engines. The second cars are scheduled for delivery at the end of February.

The 2012 season will see the competition debut of the new Formula Renault 3.5. The car, developed by Renault Sport Technologies and its partners, is more modern, more powerful and even closer to a Formula 1 vehicle, but stays true to the philosophy that made its predecessors so successful. It also boasts the very latest innovations, including DRS (Drag Reduction System).

Twenty-six cars, shared between 13 teams, will line up for this season’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series. On 16 January, each team received its first chassis from the Dallara factory, with the first ZRS03 engines arriving from the Zytek workshop just a few days later. The teams and their drivers made an immediate start on their significant preparatory work and set about getting to know the new Formula Renault 3.5. The second car will be delivered at the end of February.

The season gets underway on 5 and 6 May at Motorland Aragón, as part of the World Series by Renault. Before then, six days of collective testing are scheduled to take place at Paul Ricard HTTT, Barcelona and Motorland Aragón.

The press presentation for the eighth season of the World Series by Renault will be held on 8 March in Paris.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series Collective Testing Schedule
13-14 March: Paul Ricard HTTT (FRA)
3-4 April: Barcelona (ESP)
18-19 April: Motorland Aragón (ESP)

2012 World Series by Renault Schedule *
5-6 May: Motorland Aragón, Spain
26-27 May: Monaco (Formula Renault 3.5 Series only)
2-3 June: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
30 June-1 July: Nürburgring, Germany
14-15 July: Moscow Raceway, Russia**
25-26 August: TBC (Formula Renault 3.5 Series only)
15-16 September: Hungaroring, Hungary
29-30 September: Paul Ricard HTTT, France
20-21 October: Barcelona, Spain

* schedule to be confirmed by the FIA
** subject to FIA approval


Hiroshima, Japan :: Atomic Dome, Peace Park, Cenotaph, Atomic Museum

I had a truly moving and life changing experience when I visited this industrial city in Japan. 

At  8:15 A.M. on August 6 1945 Little Boy, an American Atomic bomb detonated above Hiroshima. Instantly killing around 45,000 people with up to 160,000 people dead within 3 months. 

The total number dead will never be known.

The Atomic bomb attack of 1945 is remembered today by the City of Hiroshima through the beautiful Peace Park – comprising of the Atomic Dome (bomb detonated almost directly above this building meaning the building remained relatively intact – all inside the building were killed), Peace Museum, Cenotaph, Children’s Cenotaph and finally a quite park area. 

A truly remarkable City, quite literally rebuilt from the ground up. 


Hiroshima, Japan :: Mazda – Factory Tour

I was lucky enough to have a guided tour of the Mazda Production Centre in Hiroshima recently.

Having been to the production line in Maranello earlier in the year it was interesting to see the difference in production techniques between mass produced family vehicle at Mazda and the hand crafted masterpieces from the V8 and V12 production lines at Ferrari.

Mazda was a special place though, humans worked in harmony with machines to efficiently produce around 800,000 cars a year for distribution around the world. 

Mazda didn’t allow photos on the production line but these photos are from the museum.


End of Movember!

I did it, my month of Movember is complete! 

You can still donate if you’re feeling generous by heading over to my november page –



Movember Day 21 (Taken with instagram)


Miyajima Island, Japan :: Itsukushima Shrine

Here’s a selection of photos from my trip to Miyajima Island. I really recommend a trip here, there’s so much to see and the hike to the top of the mouton is defiantly worth it!