Two for the Road is a hangout for mystery writers Tammy Kaehler and Simon Wood to chat, reminisce, gossip, speculate and argue about all things motorsport.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Best Laid Plans

by Simon


I hate it when a plan doesn’t come together. Monday, I finished the final markups on the galley for HOT SEAT, the second Aidy Westlake book. Tuesday, I started work on my today’s piece for TWO FOR THE ROAD, which was going to be on the history of Brands Hatch circuit. So while I was Googling some various bits and pieces, I came across a news piece from Christmas time saying that Graham Hill Bend is being modified in 2012. Shouldn’t mean much, but guess what racetrack is featured in HOT SEAT? Yep, you’ve guessed it—Brands Hatch. And guess who doesn’t feature the new corner in their book? Yep, you’ve guessed it—me.

Hand on heart, I do my best to have the up-to-date info on the racing scene for the books. I’ve checked the layout to all the circuits feature in the book. I caught all the changes made to Snetterton for this book, but Brands Hatch was caught in my blind spot.

Unfortunately, it’s too late to change anything. The book is in its production layout and will be going to the printers soon, so I’m kinda caught out. I do have a saving grace in that book will come out in the UK in March just as the 2012 season is kicking off, so I may have gotten away with this one as few people will have seen the new corner by the time the book comes out.

So this blog entry is part mea culpa and part acknowledgement and part justification that I wasn’t being lazy, just unlucky. So be kind.

Sometimes, I hate change. :-)

PS: If anyone is an authority on Brands Hatch and its origins, please contact me. Thanks.


  1. As you say, you can't know everything about every place, Besides, you're writing FICTION so you can put in or take out any turns you damned well please!

  2. I can argue my way out of it, but it is frustrating. :-)