Editorial: Back To Reality

For so many of us, the winter and early spring months are nothing more than a preamble for the real Speedhunters season.

While our brothers and sisters in arms in the Southern Hemisphere have been doing a stellar job of keeping us in content this last while, it’s just about time for the torch to be passed back up north. While our ‘quiet’ season is anything but, it does offer the odd occasion here and there to reflect and appreciate where we are.

What we do on Speedhunters isn’t easy. Sure, it might look glamorous but it’s hugely taxing as there’s really no let up. It’s 100% intensity, 100% of the time. I’m immensely proud of the people that make Speedhunters happen. From our contributors all around the world, to the regular participants of the IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER program, to the unsung heroes behind the scenes; a lot of people give a lot of energy to make this happen.

It would be the easiest thing in the world for us to just sit back, rehash press releases or regurgitate others’ content from the comfort of an office somewhere. Hell, we could probably produce three or four times the amount of content that we’re currently putting out, but it just wouldn’t be Speedhunters.


With that, it never ceases to amaze me where the name Speedhunters has brought us on our travels, or the reaction that people have to the name. That Speedhunters means something to so many people is a huge source of motivation and positivity for us.

It’s part of the reason why that Ben and I found ourselves in Sant’Agata just last week, at the home of Lamborghini. Rather than just lording about in press cars (although there was some of that), we were keen to speak to the people behind the engineering of one of the world’s most iconic car brands.


Next weekend sees the 2018 Formula Drift season commence, after what feels like the shortest off-season of all. While we won’t be documenting the exploits of the Worthouse team in such detail as we did last year (the story from last season can’t be topped), we will be on site in Long Beach as they set out in chase of their second driver’s championship.

I don’t think they’ll have it so much their own way in 2018. The element of surprise (if there was any) is gone, and people expect them to be at the sharp end of the grid. The return of Forrest Wang, the addition of Federico Sceriffo and his Ferrari 599 along with other changes throughout the grid will surely make this a fascinating round to document and watch.

As always, this is in addition to our regular scheduled programming, which varies from subtle to, er, the complete opposite. It just wouldn’t be Speedhunters if we brought you ordinary things every month.

Before you make up your mind, however, make sure that you’re prepared to open it first. Wouldn’t it be a dull world if everyone followed the same recipe?

Oh, and I swear I’m going to finish the GTI this month. Swear.

Paddy McGrath
Instagram: pmcgphotos
Twitter: pmcgphotos



Comments are closed.


by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest
LR Defender Guy

Hey Paddy,
In your last editorial ‘The March Is On’ , you mentioned a story that you thought you would never be able to tell. I’m intrigued what is was since I have a feeling I missed, what was the title of the story?

Kind regards,



Ah, that's still coming. When I get back from FD next week, I'm going to lock myself away from the world for a few weeks and catch up on the many, many stories that I'm currently sitting on.

LR Defender Guy

Ah, awesome. I'll keep a look out. Thanks!

LR Defender Guy

Oh and good luck on Project GTI


April fools?


Who's going to formula d lb this year? Go Fredrick Aasbo!


Its spring here but I unfortunately wont be able to pump out much content, excited to see what speedhunters will push out.


I honestly don’t know what I would do without this website. You guys/gals have opened up so many windows into different genres of motoring that many of us would have never seen or heard about.

It must be an extremely taxing endeavour for all of you and your loved ones. But I am grateful that Speedhunters continues to pump out create content on a daily basis. Thank you and keep up the great work!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

See it's comments like these that help us to keep going. It can be so taxing and tiring but we've always strived to bring that extra something special to the table. I'll have to do the same as Paddy and lock myself away for a good week of solid writing, it's crazy how much stuff we end up sitting on just so we don't miss what's happening in the now #cabinfeverherewecome


That WRC inspired EVO looks amazing


Castelletto... Thant's from Forza Horizon 2


FH2's map was based on the southern of France and North of Italia, with real cities partially recreated like Nice or Castelletto. Still awesome to see a Huracan Performante with a sign of that town, as the cover car for this game was a (standard) Huracan. The Forza Horizon series has become the greatest arcade racing game franchise, far ahead of NFS (IMO).


This is real life :)


this is why speedhunters ROCK the WORLD with automotive goodness

car database api

awesome! looking forward to it.