PH Blog: bye-bye PH


Today is my last day at PistonHeads and, I freely admit, I'm a little choked-up about it.

Writing about cars is something I've wanted to do pretty much ever since I learned to string a sentence together (some of you are probably still waiting for me to get the hang of that bit) and, ever since I landed a PH seat three years ago, I've been privileged to hold what must be one of the best jobs a car nut could have.

Bothering F1 drivers all part of the job
Bothering F1 drivers all part of the job
Whereas if you work for a normal motoring publication you might find yourself testing the latest Kia yawn-box or writing a news piece discussing the finer points of the new Volvo V40's pricing structure, the stuff we get to do on PH is generally more juicy.

It's also infinitely and hilariously varied. One day you could be testing a half-size replica of a Jaguar E-Type, the next you might be off to Japan to try a Mugen-tweaked Honda Civic, or buying a ratty £1K Ford Puma...

I have, in short, been able to do all sorts of hilariously brilliant stuff. Highlights? Enjoying a pint in the Kentagon at Brands Hatch having snatched a podium inthe Caterham Academy race was pretty good, as was the pre-dawn run through London in some brilliant supercars before Wilton House in 2010. And the afternoon in Yorkshire with three very lovely 911s will always make me smile.

Riggers' racing career had ups and downs!
Riggers' racing career had ups and downs!
But the best thing about PH is, has always been, and always will be, its members. The sense of community and camaraderie, be it in the forums or at a Sunday Service, is what makes PH such a brilliant and absorbing site. And though I will be leaving the PH editorial team I will most definitely remain a PHer.

But I've often said that one day I would have to get a grown-up job and sadly that time has come - I'm off to become a sub-editor and correct other people's spelling for a living. But my three years here have been a blast, so thank you.

Riggers





   

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  • splitpin 16 Aug 2012

    Riggers said:
    farrendahl said:
    Sorry for bringing this one up on this thread (almost feels like dancing on somebodys grave) but was just wondering when the closing date on this will be?
    Not at all - I'm still around, just as a punter! biggrin
    Can only suggest you get that very strange and weird looking profile picture replaced asap Stuart.

    I hear you only need two speaking orifices to work on PH; one mouth and one ass; no need for a second mouth mounted on your forehead.

    wink

    Edited to 'bag it' just in case I decide to have a pop at it hehe



    Edited by splitpin on Thursday 16th August 14:13

  • Riggers 16 Aug 2012

    farrendahl said:
    Sorry for bringing this one up on this thread (almost feels like dancing on somebodys grave) but was just wondering when the closing date on this will be?
    Not at all - I'm still around, just as a punter! biggrin

  • Stuart 15 Aug 2012

    farrendahl said:
    Sorry for bringing this one up on this thread (almost feels like dancing on somebodys grave) but was just wondering when the closing date on this will be?

    Only ask as I have crazily applied (won't lie I'm not expecting anything, but you have to go for "The Job" when it comes up) and was just wondering how long I'll need to wait for my probable diasppointment? (Although clearly if I don't get invited to at least interview or submit a spec article then something is wrong with the universe lol)
    Closing date is in a couple of weeks, although that won't stop us combing through the entrants (there have been rather more than we thought, I must say) in the meantime.

  • farrendahl 15 Aug 2012

    Stuart said:
    chris116 said:
    For those that were interested here is the link for the job ad:

    http://careers.haymarket.com/jobs/93209-reporter-3
    You beat me to posting it!
    Sorry for bringing this one up on this thread (almost feels like dancing on somebodys grave) but was just wondering when the closing date on this will be?

    Only ask as I have crazily applied (won't lie I'm not expecting anything, but you have to go for "The Job" when it comes up) and was just wondering how long I'll need to wait for my probable diasppointment? (Although clearly if I don't get invited to at least interview or submit a spec article then something is wrong with the universe lol)

  • turbo-ww 12 Aug 2012

    chris116 said:
    For those that were interested here is the link for the job ad:

    http://careers.haymarket.com/jobs/93209-reporter-3
    Phew, no mention of making Garlic's tea. (Or is that included under flexibility?)

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