Hello to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a long-time member of this forum, and I feel it's time to do a proper presentation.
I am Guilherme Ribeiro and I have 27 years old, and was born and live since then in Porto, Portugal.
I grew up passionate for knowledge, mainly history, and with motor racing and cycling (the first being the dominant) as the biggest sport interests, so it was quite easy to intermix both areas
With 13 years old I discovered this forum and soon I became amazed with how much it was possible to discover here, it really widened my horizons in such a way I became eager to discover more and more.... I confess I was rather clumsy when I started and was too young to understand some rules and moderate my immense curiosity, and I changed my nick some times.... teenage things, you know....
Now I am finishing my studies in history, I am starting the Master Degree by now, and I'd really like to professionalize my works and, who knows, write a book and work for magazines. And contact directly or via web with people related to the sport to write more about the unknown, as I think doing deeper works on the "mainstream" can be counterproductive.
I am planning a website, my Wanderings of Motorsport Historian Blog was just a sample and is deactivated while I wait for the website, but I'll put here the presentation I wrote there..... hope you don't fall asleep with the length
Hello to all!!!!!
Ahhh one more motorsport blog is definitively born…. It survived its experimental phase and was very useful for me to build the momentum any bigger project needs. Yet, before further considerations, let’s present myself.
My name is Guilherme Ribeiro, I was born in Porto, Portugal in 18/1/1989; where I still live. I use to say that my predilection for history and motorsport were born with me, and it was question of a very short time to join both… I dimly remember seeing a white and red Footwork racing (which means it was before 1994), but the first season I have vivid memories was 1994 – it was a terrible year to become a motorsport passionate with the terrible memories of Senna and Ratzenberger; nevertheless it was the first of 21 complete seasons (and counting) I followed. On the other side, I was also quite young when I started wandering over some big encyclopedias that came to my house, looking for the bios of the kings and princes, the history of the unknown countries, and so on. Growing up that way it may hardly surprise anyone that both areas mixed themselves and I developed the (bad) habit of looking for old motoring magazines…. No comments……
As I grew up (and cable TV appeared) the range of my interest in this sport broadened, and slowly I proceeded to follow CART, WRC and Le Mans… Reading the weekly Autosport (the Portuguese one), I discovered the names of McRae, Sainz, Doohan, Schneider, Cecotto, Biaggi, Wollek, Dalmas & Co.; but also received minor insight to an apparently distant past. Soon the interest on old Portuguese magazines turned into a small collection! And then the World Wide Web made his entry…. It was a brave new world to a boy that had barely reached its teens, but soon the history bug came again and by chance I found The Atlas Nostalgia Forum! Do you know a better place to start? I don’t think so….
My teen years passed by and I went into University, having chosen sciences on middle school. You may think it was a strange decision for a history-hooked guy, but it’s true I always enjoyed biology and chemistry at school, and it also represented a far better chance to get a job. I wrote representED because, after the financial crisis that exploded in 2008, here in Portugal it seems almost everything has almost no future, unless we think about going abroad, but I don’t want to discuss politics….
But it was yet 2006, and I chose Biochemistry, and was enjoying the degree; so naturally (studying under the damned Bologna Process) I proceeded to the Master’s degree, now in Applied Microbiology, even if it in fact the thesis was more on biochemistry than pure microbiology, but both areas are deeply connected. It was a phenomenal career opportunity, and you may wonder why I decided to quit. The fact was I was amidst a huge vocational crisis, and absolutely strained of all the tension and pressure a young researcher is submitted. It was taking a heavy toll on me, and the so promising job chances were slowly disappearing amidst one of the biggest crisis Portugal and the World have met. It all reached a point of no-return; and after discussing my options with parents, friends and the closer teachers on the University, I’d decided to finish the thesis and say a definitive goodbye to the area. I had a good farewell; and applied to the Faculty of Arts for a degree in… guess what? History!!!! By the way, my biggest area of interest is History of Central Asia, in particular Mongolia and other empires of the Steppe!!
Back to motorsport, I kept following avidly many disciplines, but the increasingly sanitized circuits – speaking of lack of character, not safety issues – and all the regulations that destroyed part of the essence of the sport – DRS overtaking, SuperRally, every kind of creative restrictions, failures to attack the bigger problems, the sale of F1 rights to CVC – turned me more and more into the past. It has a different charm for a history passionate as me. Not that everything is bad. WEC is in his best phase ever, IndyCar is slowly being more and more competitive (sadly there’s too many things yet to solve), new rules promising a lot for rallying, etc. But with so many magazines and DVD’s it is difficult not to look for those relics in the past, so the historian in me won over the possible motoring journalist, straight flush. I keep watching the sport, reading bout it; but I prefer to research and write about the past. And in matter of fact history gives us lessons and tools to progress and build what it really matters – the future!
The web is almost boundless in its resources, but the flip side is that it’s sooo easy to be lost among so much material!!!! That’s why the most prized items for me are the old documents and magazines; and above them all, the books!! I’m quite old school, as you see; but in spite of that the web provided another (hugely) important ground: it allowed me (and many others) to contact with enthusiasts and researchers from every part of the world. Even more, with the people WHO WERE THERE. The drivers. Mechanics. Photographers. Managers. Journalists…. That’s a never-ending list. And history is that. The whole of that. Of course one can barely reach all, but the fact is all of us were part of it. And that’s great to be part of that process.
Also it’s now quite easy to show our work on the web. Forums, Facebook, Blogs; all those tools allow a newcomer to easily show his work to everybody! And why have I waited so long after so many years researching? Even if I have such an enthusiasm, I never thought seriously on my skills. Then, there was the University, and personal life and studies didn't allow me much time to organize my mind. And on the latter stages of my Master degree I was so tired that I wanted nothing but rest, writing being not properly a restful hobby. All those years were essentials to develop my skills, improve my self-assurance, and organize the huge diversity of ideas I have. Knowledge and research are beautiful, but we have to keep our mind organized and peaceful. From the teen that started writing small pieces under alias to the young man writing this words right now some years had passed, and I lived through many experiences. And it was immensely important. Also what I learnt on the University for History in general applies to sports’ history. Method, quality, reliability… and all of it is written not only for me, but for readers. History is made for you, the readers, the enthusiasts, and the passionate!!
To finish this lengthy presentation, I want to thank you all, everyone that gave me ideas, the ones who pushed me forward, that gave me confidence, the contacts that kindly agreed to help me and answer my questions…. It would be another endless list that turned this dream possible, so THANK YOU ALL, BE WELCOME, I WISH YOU ENJOY! GOOD READING!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited by GMiranda, 05 October 2016 - 23:20.