Globetrotter

Joe Saward is a renowned Formula One correspondent who has attended and reported on every Grand Prix since 1988. It was in that year Joe began writing the “Globetrotter” columns, initially for Autosport, providing a wider perspective of his experiences and inside knowledge. “Globetrotter” has since had different homes, most recently the www.grandprix.com site, where all the columns are archived. Joe has not ruled out new “Globetrotter” columns, but they do seem to have been superseded by Joe Saward’s Grand Prix Blog.

These columns still make for fascinating reading and more than deserve a page that provides straightforward navigation of the archive. They cover the period of Formula One when it expanded into the massive-budget, manufacturer-dominated era of recent years. Joe Saward’s writing is always entertaining and highly readable, and these articles provide insights from a wide variety of angles on F1 and related subjects.

(I have no official connection with Joe Saward or grandprix.com. I provide these links because I think someone should.)

1988

30th October 1988 – Espionage and bizarre weddings
13th November 1988 – Burn-out in Bournemouth

1989

7th January 1989 – Wind, sand and stars
30th January 1989 – How green is our valley?
7th May 1989 – The McLaren Spring of 1989
13th August 1989 – A strange cocktail
11th September 1989 – Simply the best
24th September 1989 – Forza Faenza
5th November 1989 – Adventures on the Pacific Rim

1990

25th March 1990 – Interlagos – Year Zero
15th April 1990 – Testing testing
24th June 1990 – Jottings from the jetstream
8th July 1990 – Jeux sans frontiers?
12th August 1990 – Technically speaking…
30th September 1990 – Hard times
4th November 1990 – With a tap-shoe between my teeth

1991

24th March 1991 – Down and out in Sao Paulo
18th May 1991 – The Great Events

1992

1st March 1992 – In a land of profound sadness and disquiet
22nd March 1992 – Fun and games in a smog-filled Mexico City
3rd May 1992 – A vision of village life years from now
17th May 1992 – Long shots, big shots and should-be shots
31st May 1992 – A view of Monaco from the bunker
12th July 1992 – On Mansell, Max and sheep with FISA passes
26th July 1992 – Old friends, wild escapades and sweet revenge
13th September 1992 – Globetrotter
26th September 1992 – A letter to Ayrton Senna
10th December 1992 – Gerhard, S14611 and me

1993

3rd January 1993 – The day the writer turned into a mushroom
28th March 1993 – Fawlty Towers with wings and other stories
9th May 1993 – The joys of paperwork
22August 1993 – Thanks for the memories
17 October 1993 – The Panis mightier than the Sourd
7th November 1993 – Senna and Prost
9th November 1993 – The day the magazine posted me to Siberia
10th December 1993 – The corridors of FIA power

1994

26th January 1994 – Trivial pursuits
27th March 1994 – New places, new concepts
10th April 1994 – That Sao Paulo crash…
17th April 1994 – Madness in Japan
5th May 1994 – The Grim Reaper’s place in F1
26th May 1994 – On fishing, reinsurance and the pioneer spirit
10th July 1994 – On Greens, Reds and F1 Masochists
11th August 1994 – Rocking the boat
21st November 1994 – A drive in California

1995

15th January 1995 – A Winter’s Tale
1st March 1995 – Launching cars… and other things
10th March 1995 – Requiem for Ayrton Senna
30th March 1995 – Flying visits and German food
6th April 1995 – Adventures at the Autodromo
30th April 1995 – Thoughts at Imola
15th May 1995 – Going back to basics
28th May 1995 – Goodbye Nigel. Don’t come back.
11th June 1995 – Jacques Villeneuve in F1
3rd July 1995 – Everyone makes mistakes
17th July 1995 – Silverstone Stories
31st July 1995 – Nationalism, cricket, ducks and country music
13th August 1995 – Grubby details
28th August 1995 – Flights of fancy
10th September 1995 – Globetrotter
6th October 1995 – The day the shelf fell down
19th October 1995 – Thoughts from a Japanese hilltop
12th November 1995 – Thank you Adelaide
24th November 1995 – Going to America…

1996

15th January 1996 – A sponsor dies – an industry follows…
6th February 1996 – What if…
22nd February 1996 – International incidents
10th March 1996 – Thoughts of a visiting Pom
21st March 1996 – The adventures of T Walkinshaw Esq.
3rd April 1996 – Laws of F1 physics and Chaos Theory
18th April 1996 – Travels of a windtunnel
4th May 1996 – Trains, flames and Korean cooking
17th May 1996 – Secret histories
1st June 1996 – Growing pains
17th June 1996 – Will they stay or will they go?
28th June 1996 – Professional drinking and amateur engineering
14th July 1996 – Breakfast and the British Empire
28th July 1996 – Bananas in pyjamas and other stories
12th August 1996 – The pests of Buda and other stories
26th August 1996 – How to beat Bernie and Max
8th September 1996 – Magic and madness at Monza
24th September 1996 – Genetic engineering
14th October 1996 – The human face of F1
29th October 1996 – The wonders of the world
5th November 1996 – Eastern approaches
21st November 1996 – Jacques Villeneuve – end of term report
28th November 1996 – Big-breasted women in short frocks and other stories

1997

21st January 1997 – Etymology and other long words
3rd Febuary 1997 – Portrait of a senior citizen
17th February 1997 – Virtual insanity and other songs
9th March 1997 – Boys, babies, boxheads and betrayals
31st March 1997 – Motor racing is dangerous
13th April 1997 – How not to keep a low profile in F1
27th April 1997 – The philosophy of safety
11th May 1997 – Of Mice and Men and money
26th May 1997 – Globetrotter
6th June 1997 – Jacques the tourist and French revolutions
27th June 1997 – Bimbos, blondes and bluster from bosses
13th July 1997 – Target Silverstone and other travel tales
27th July 1997 – The winds of change in F1
11th August 1997 – Chimpanzees, pasta and death by chocolate
25th August 1997 – Crystal balls
6th September 1997 – Sweet and sour
27th September 1997 – Men of vision
10th October 1997 – Bug TV, the Diniz Method and the mole at Benetton
27th October 1997 – Credibility, paranoia and feather dusters
6th November 1997 – Max’s finest hour and other stories
21st November 1997 – Rebuilding Birmingham, Britain and Formula 1
15th December 1997 – Obituary writing and the demise of Tyrrell

1998

15th January 1998 – Ready, Steady, Launch and other silly shows
6th February 1998 – Hard cards, Dalmatians and soap opera stars
20th February 1998 – Exploding chickens, mad cows and political minds
7th March 1998 – Hi-ho, hi-ho. It’s off to work we go
21st March 1998 – He who pays the piper calls the tune…
28th March 1998 – Thespians, smokescreens, cinema owners and hooch
11th April 1998 – In-flight magazines and sex in Formula 1
25th April 1998 – Contacting the President and hanging team bosses
11th May 1998 – Samuel Clemens, strange powers and beating McLaren-Mercedes
25th May 1998 – Religion, prunes in custard suits and wasted effort
7th June 1998 – The enemy within and blow-up companions
27th June 1998 – Red faces, blue cars and bruised egos
12th July 1998 – The South Sea Bubble, Young Blue Eyes and cat burglary
30th July 1998 – Family photos, nationalism and the power of perception
18th August 1998 – Naked ladies, skinning cats the Professor and Superswede
29th August 1998 – Glitz, The Blitz, big hits and Hollywood casting…
12th September 1998 – Clausewitz, total sport and the reds in peril
28th September 1998 – Chancellor Schumi, the Dorint Perimeter and the F1 calendar
13th October 1998 – Autumn, walking the dogs, and time and motion studies
29th October 1998 – Eating in Japan, keeping secrets and the bean-counters of Akron…
11th November 1998 – How to hijack history and other evil deeds
24th November 1998 – How I am going to make YOU a multi-millionaire

1999

20th January 1999 – Sir Francis, popular culture, Barbie and The Silly Season
4th February 1999 – Famous dogs, chocolate engineering, Jean Tinguely and Aerospace Alley
17th February 1999 – Globetrotter
5th March 1999 – Globetrotter
19th March 1999 – Where there’s a Will there’s a play…
9th April 1999 – Overpopulation, election promises and the value of oil
1st May 1999 – Imola security, beryllium and things people never say
14th May 1999 – The magic of Monaco, small hotels, big boats, silly hats and spies
29th May 1999 – Trains, planes, automobiles and medical magic…
10th June 1999 – Globetrotter
25th June 1999 – The heart of the matter in the heart of France
11th July 1999 – The Duke, reputation creation, cuddly bunnies and Max going down in flames
22nd July 1999 – Summer time, storms, Irvine and sunshine…
30th July 1999 – Work, work, work
13th August 1999 – Extracting the truth and other forms of torture
27th August 1999 – The history of Belgium, smoking and sea breezes
10th September 1999 – The adventures of Mr. Todt and the danger of team orders
25th September 1999 – The clash of the Titans and the clash of the tartans
16th October 1999 – Rubbish in the paddock and other PR-related stories
27th October 1999 – Macbeth, McDonalds and other Scotsmen. Bagpipes, bombs and a little bit of Honda
9th November 1999 – Mr. Crapart, the Earl of Shrewsbury, Cold War logic and Julia Roberts
29th November 1999 – Thoughts for Formula 1′s 50th birthday celebrations
25th December 1999 – Bernie’s Christmas Letter

2000

2nd January 2000 – Unnatural forces
23rd January 2000 – Fake Welshmen, Darwin Awards, insanity and stupidity in the F1 paddock
26th February 2000 – Seizing the moment
8th March 2000 – Thoughts of Melbourne on the back of a Sauber press release
25th March 2000 – Pheromones, Heaven, pure paradise and favorite places
6th April 2000 – On Rat Air, Rindt, BMW, anoraks and Villeneuve
5th May 2000 – Poetry and the Grand Prix of Press Releases
20th May 2000 – Midnight feasts, heaven and hell and living dangerously
22nd April 2000 – Midnight feasts, heaven and hell and living dangerously
3rd June 2000 – The rubbish tip gang, Dr. Chocolate and Willy Grover
17th June 2000 – Families, passions, cabbies and Ecclestone’s theory of exclusivity
1st July 2000 – Bombing the backwaters, road kill and the law of Evin
15th July 2000 – Optimism, monocycles and dreams of glory
29th July 2000 – Mr. Wakibaki and The Wombats at Number Six
12th August 2000 – Gypsy bands and the difference between capitalism and communism
26th August 2000 – Tales of the unexpected and the sweet and sour of Spa
8th September 2000 – Accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative…
25th September 2000 – Boise, Bums, Tramps and rocket launchers
8th October 2000 – Sioux City, Maglev, and the buzz of F1
15th October 2000 – Jet-lag, boarding passes and renewable life memberships
21st October 2000 – Tom and Jerry, chicken nuggets and toy cars…
28th October 2000 – Formula 1, rat poison and Dutch chat-up lines…
12th November 2000 – How to become a Grand Prix reporter
3rd December 2000 – Art, flying pigs, Belgians and bizarre characters…
16th December 2000 – Winter in the library…
29th December 2000 – Women, wine and song

2001

16th January 2001 – Success and failure – a week in the Midlands
27th January 2001 – War and Peace – the short version
3rd February 2001 – Dishwashers, spectacles and upside-down cake…
18th February 2001 – Excuse me, my man, parlez-vous motor racing
4th March 2001 – This is living (or not as the case may be)
17th March 2001 – Causing trouble….
2nd April 2001 – Sleep deprivation and F1 gibberish
16th April 2001 – Passion, priests and Pavlov’s dogs
30th April 2001 – Components, porn, pressure cookers and Tom & Jerry…
14th May 2001 – An interview with Countess Brunella A1-Ring
28th May 2001 – Spook words, the black men of St Emilion and civil wars
11th June 2001 – Old hat in Canada
17th June 2001 – My friend “Lisa” and undercover work in F1
25th June 2001 – Survival of the fittest
2nd July 2001 – Some time later in Pogues les Eaux…
16th July 2001 – In praise of race fans
30th July 2001 – Carnival of the animals
13th August 2001 – Back to basics and going on holiday
20th August 2001 – Silly surveys, Bob the Travel Agent and fish. Lots of fish
3rd September 2001 – Bernie the Press Room, PRs and verbal monuments
14th September 2001 – Sport as a weapon
24th September 2001 – Raising a finger at terrorism
1st October 2001 – The Speedway and the need for Psychiatry in F1
15th August 2001 – The changing of the guard
29th August 2001 – Quiz shows, Monster trucks and the Bolshoi Ballet…
12th November 2001 – In praise of a dry lake
26th November 2001 – The secret about secrets
10th December 2001 – Cooking the books
24th December 2001 – The day they taped my head to a table…

2002

7th January 2002 – New money, Old money and Manners for Men
21st January 2002 – Crossing the border, drawing the line…
4th February 2002 – Waiting… and shopping
25th February 2002 – Living for the day and the survival of the fittest
4th March 2002 – In praise of the improbable
11th March 2002 – On the waterfront
18th March 2002 – A bit of fun…
1st April 2002 – The caipirinha, FIDO and the good old days
15th April 2002 – The excitement of porridge and Paris in the Springtime
24th April 2002 – Soap operas, nasty surprises and political science in F1…
1st May 2002 – I object, Your Honor
12th May 2002 – The parable of the little boy
29th May 2002 – Beautiful Place On Sea
13th June 2002 – Glorious “victories” and crimes against humanity
17th June 2002 – A lesson in reading, writing, arithmetic and marketing
28th June 2002 – Fun and games in the F1 Paddock
15th July 2002 – Ayrton’s missing pizza, Mad Dog and the adventures of Mac and Lauren
25th July 2002 – The Silly Season, shooting Chirac and the adventures of Officer Fatty
28th July 2002 – Difficult questions, Jumbos anarchists and difficult questions
19th August 2002 – Dull? Don’t be silly. Formula 1 is wonderful
10th September 2002 – Lunch with Honda, life as a gooseberry and F1 contracts
30th September 2002 – A night at the races
14th October 2002 – Reminders…
25th November 2002 – Getting sick, getting better
9th December 2002 – From the office of Santa Claus

2003

20th January 2003 – Madness and Doris the Talking Taxi…
10th February 2003 – A winter’s tale
3rd March 2003 – On Marx, Mosley, Melbourne and Murray…
19th March 2003 – Meeting people
31st March 2003 – A strange cocktail
15th April 2003 – Back to the future or forward to the past…
28th April 2003 – Orange juice and Formula 1
13th May 2003 – Coco Chanel, monks and the Austrian GP
26th May 2003 – My love affair with Monaco
9th June 2003 – Lighting the spark
24th June 2003 – Time for a sing-song
3rd July 2003 – Throwing out the baby
16th July 2003 – Thoughts from a beach hut…
29th July 2003 – French lessons
11th August 2003 – Time off for good Grand Prix behaviour
19th August 2003 – Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to court we go…
4th September 2003 – A diabtribe on the car industry (or F1 meets the real world…)
25th September 2003 – Legends and heroes
21st October 2003 – How to solve Formula 1′s problems in an afternoon
5th November 2003 – Hot curries, Cold Wars and the history of Moskvich…
17th December 2003 – Meanwhile in Cloudcuckooland

2004

10th February 2004 – If I were a rich man…
2nd March 2004 – A very significant event in Formula 1
18th March 2004 – Panzer generals, the insanity test and bean counters…
1st April 2004 – Brief encounters
3rd May 2004 – Luck
17th May 2004 – Goons, graves, image and substance
7th June 2004 – Thoughts at the beach
19th July 2004 – Tanglewood Tales
11th August 2004 – Toys for the boys
28th September 2004 – Death by taxi, a mystery, Brooklands and a rip-off
12th October 2004 – Mother Nature, Barbie, Donkey and unidentified frying objects
19th November 2004 – Breakfast in Neuilly
8th December 2004 – A Christmas pantomime?

2005

9th February 2005 – Battles, Tallulah Bankhead, Red Lobsters and Prime Minister Mosley
2nd March 2005 – Travels, pirates, races, kidnaps and more travels
14th March 2005 – A day at the races
5th April 2005 – Bahrain revisited, mega-projects and the purple people of London
20th April 2005 – A smoke-filled lunch
11th May 2005 – The importance of Mr X
18th May 2005 – Rediscovering Francois
1st July 2005 – Birds, flowers, lawyers and Jean-Paul Sartre
7th July 2005 – Paris in pain
19th August 2005 – King Arthur, Keira Knightley and F1 seen from Tintagel
23rd August 2005 – Let the games begin
11th October 2005 – Brain removal, Auld Rang Syne and pot luck dinners
25th October 2005 – In pursuit of the bizarre
1st December 2005 – Fire, philosophy and a funeral
22nd December 2005 – Carrots, broths, cooks and hot kitchens

2006

13th January 2006 – The Feast of Fools and the warm woolly season in F1
6th February 2006 – Shut up and do a deal!
21st February 2006 – At the circus
6th April 2006 – Riots, rain storms and a baseball field in Iowa
19th April 2006 – Cruise ships, tree farming, Michael Schumacher and life coaching
3rd May 2006 – Jacques and Gilles went down the ‘ill
12th September 2006 – Ruminations on Michael Schumacher
5th October 2006 – Chilled condoms and other stories
9th November 2006 – The Lost Generation

2007

8th February 2007 – Books, birthday treats and the Formula 1 mind-set
19th March 2007 – Ode to Melbourne
26th March 2007 – Monsieur et Madame X and the Paris Grand Prix
5th April 2007 – Jumping out of the jetstream
10th April 2007 – Awe and wonder
3rd May 2007 – Battles for the soul of F1
30th May 2007 – Time to rattle a few cages
7th August 2007 – This whole business
27th August 2007 – Senol the “taksi” driver and other stories
19th September 2007 – On safari in Belgium and a night at the opera

2008

18th March 2008 – Me and my passport
21st April 2008 – Sex and the single seater
20th May 2008 – The glamour of Monaco and some curious stuff about Milton Keynes
29th May 2008 – Call the commissioner!
11th June 2008 – Ove
22nd September 2008 – Perceptions and balance sheets
29th September 2008 – That loving’ feeling
24th October 2008 – The Cavern Club, the Bund, Toy Town and reality TV
4th November 2008 – Respect and chivalry
2nd December 2008 – Ouch, this economic crisis thing is hurting…

2009

10th February 2009 – Clever men
21st April 2009 – What on earth is Formula 1 doing in China?

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