2010 in retrospect

Matt Waldin at Mosport

2010 has been a year of ups and downs here in my corner of The Garage. Fortunately, on a professional level there were more ups than downs and those ups have helped open some doors that will be very important in the coming months.

It is hard to believe, but a year ago I was prepping for my first ever visit to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Having been involved in automotive media since 2001 and working in the auto industry for over 2 decades, you would think I would have made it there at some point. Last year, I went down as part of a social media project set up by the good folks at GM. I met some great people who I’ve previously only spoken to online. I’m looking forward to the same trip next week!

Returning from Detroit, I agreed to help out my friends at Porsche Canada by doing social media coverage of Canadian team, Bullet Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. From my couch. For free. It has been something like 18 years since I was involved in a 24 hour race, so it was an honor to work with the team.

The Victoria Day weekend has traditionally been the first big road racing event of the season here in Ontario. I jumped at the chance to ride shotgun with Randy Pobst in the K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 for a couple of hot laps around Mosport. That beast is a machine I’ll never forget!

Thanks to Bridgestone, I had the opportunity to squeeze myself into a formula car for the first time. 900 lbs, 170 hp = the most intense driving experience EVER!

By far the biggest high of the year came from the discovery of photography, which happened as a result of my being prodded by Allan de la Plante. AdlP set me on a path that surprised the daylights out of me. I can actually take killer racing photos!

I’ve had the opportunity to work with teams racing with NASCAR, Indy Lights, Castrol Touring Cars, Playboy Mazda, World Challenge, ALMS and Trans Am. I became a member of the respected American Racing Press Association. This is the stuff dreams are made of and it is only going to get better in 2011 as I travel to more races outside of Ontario.

My photos have been published in 2 of Canada’s top national newspapers and several local papers around the GTA.

The history of Canadian racing is a big part of who I am, so it was an absolute honor to be included in the first annual Old Farts Reunion. This was a gathering of some of the most notable people in Canadian racing history. It was great to hear racers like Bill Brack and Horst Kroll swapping stories with guys like AdlP and Hans Gulde who captured the action on film. The 2011 event promises to be even bigger!

We finished up 2010 by hosting our first ever Winter driving school, which was a complete success. 17 students had a great time and improved their driving ability. We will definitely be hosting more events 2011.

To our readers, I offer a great big thanks for continuing to stop by The Garage. We love sharing with you!

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