Graham ‘GG’ Goodwin: Editor & Partner
After following Formula One for many years, Graham saw the light in 1995 when his son persuaded him to visit Le Mans for the first time, an experience he would describe later as “biblical,” although that may have been a reference to the rainfall that year!
He discovered the delights of internet reporting on the sport soon after. With the untimely retirement of DSC’s founding editor, Graham stepped up to the tiller and now combines the editorship with regular duties on Radio Le Mans and as the colour commentator for WEC TV.
Hugely happily married to Trudie, Graham has a sportscar-mad son and an increasingly petrolheaded daughter (much to Mum’s despair!) plus some disinterested cats. His current Surrey eyrie belies his Northern roots as, apparently, does his broad cockney accent*.
Graham holds the record for the most nicknames in current usage (or rather abusage) in the DSC team, GG, Beer Tricks, Mainwaring, Cockney, Gooders and many, many more.
*Only in the fevered imaginations of DSC’s resident Brummie Mafiosi Lordy and Doris.
David ‘Lordy’ Lord: Photography Editor & Partner
Together with seemingly everyone else of note in British motorsport, ‘His Lordship’ hails from Hinckley, Leicestershire. A full-time motorsport photographer, he’s provided some of the most evocative images of British and international racing in recent years.
A staunch supporter of the British GT Championship, Dave was bitten by the Le Mans bug in 2001. The monsoon conditions throughout the night never managed to wipe the wide grin from the plucky Midlander’s face!
Dave came aboard as a co-owner of DSC in 2002 and now sits as Photography Editor, co-ordinating the efforts of our excellent team of snappers around the world.
He’s travelled the world with DSC, helped immeasurably in his efforts by an ability to sleep anywhere for as long as he likes. Dave regularly falls asleep as a transcontinental flight is taxiing to the runway and only wakes up as the engines are switched off at the destination!
A confirmed bachelor, Dave has a kitchen with a range of high-end utensils that have never seen action. He is though on first-name terms with a bewildering range of takeaways…
Stephen Kilbey: Deputy Editor
Stephen is a motorsport nut from a family of motorsport nuts. Most children taken around Europe in a caravan to major sportscar races would be in therapy by now, but Stephen has launched a career off the back of it!
After compiling a Le Mans guide that ran to some 200 pages at the age of 15, he joined the DSC race reporting crew back in 2012.
Now at the end of his University career he has started a new one, as Deputy Editor of DSC, working full-time alongside the DSC Editor. As part of that Stephen covers the FIA WEC and Blancpain Sprint Series.
Ambitious, hard-working and eager to learn, he’s struggled to fit in with the DSC regulars!
Stephen is the 2014 Guild Of Motoring Writers Sir William Lyons Awards winner.
David ‘Doris’ Downes: Photographer (WEC)
Doris filled part of the massive void left by Founding Editor Malcolm Cracknell’s departure from the regular DSC team. Which parts? The chain-smoking and curmudgeonly parts, of course! Well, that was before he gave up cigarettes, as much of a shock to everyone else as it was to his lungs.
Aside from that, he does look just a little like Malcolm and could often be seen in the weeks following the latter’s retirement in confused conversation with paddock people who thought that Crackers had developed a Brummie accent!
Doris is as much an artist as an artisan, his day job as one of the country’s foremost fast-food drive-in builders has added immeasurably to the UK’s skyline and his cultured eye creates Constables from Corvettes, Turners from Toyotas and Gaudis from Audis.
He’s renowned for his love of many things: women, cats, children and Audi Q7s, can you guess which two make the cut?
Andrew ‘Skippy’ Hall: Photographer (WEC)
The man with the least imaginative nickname on DSC, Skippy hails from Sydney and lends his not-inconsiderable photographic genius to our WEC coverage, where he forms one corner of the much-feared ‘Four Musketeers’ with Messrs Lord, Downes and Lefebure. What could possibly go wrong?
2015 marks Skippy’s ninth annual farewell tour.
Regis Lefebure: Photographer (IMSA/ Le Mans)
The little orange legend! Regis’s world class images have graced DSC’s pages since the very beginning, and if anything his cultured eye just gets better with age – like a fine wine, a classic car, or a vertically challenged American.
Whilst his art is legendary for the best of reasons, his self organisation matches it for possibly the best example of chaos theory in human form.
Many have witnessed the inevitable search for a race pass in every pocket of every bag, and in every pocket of every piece of clothing too, often multiple times, before finally realising that he is actually watching the TV at home with his lovely wife.
Marcus Potts: Reporter & Design Consultant
Writer, photographer, press officer and graphic designer, Marcus is a difficult man to label.
After an early career in copywriting and graphic design for fields as diverse as landscape management and inland waterways, a twist of fate found Marcus responsible for marketing for Marcos Cars during the period when it returned to GT racing in the mid-90s.
Spells with Millennium Motorsport, Parr Motorsport, Skea Racing International, Porsche Cars GB and Graham Nash Motorsport followed, as well as a dalliance with Team Bentley in 2002. His press and PR talents have also helped a glittering array of drivers, including Tommy Erdos, Kelvin Burt, Tim Harvey and Johnny Mowlem.
On the design front, Marcus has been responsible for some fabulous race car liveries, including the 1995 blue-and-silver Marcos, the enduring RML MG Lola scheme and recent designs for Ecurie Ecosse.
He’s carried out research for Spark, Scalextric and Fly on GT and sportscar models and is even partly to blame for the Teletubbies. Most famously of all, he designed the DSC logo!
At some point, strangely neither can remember exactly when, he met up with Malcolm Cracknell. He’s since provided features and race reports and has honorary ‘designer in residence’ status.
Peter ‘Pedro’ May: Photographer (Europe)
Pedro has been with DSC since late 2004. He first watched a motor race at Brands Hatch in 1996 (the Formula 3 Spring Trophy), but since then has developed taste!
He’s renowned for quality photography, finding the quickest route between any two points, boundless energy, matchless workload, team spirit, resilience and by no means least, an ability to maintain all this whilst surviving under canvas.
Kent man Pedro can usually be found pedalling his beloved Lotus Elise between two different tracks, often not in the same country, usually very quickly, a skill gained whilst on courier duty for his day job: official pie taster to the Kentish public!
Most extraordinary feats in DSC service? Covering Spa and Le Mans in a single day and managing to duck when Allan McNish threw his Audi R18 at him in 2011.
Something else to be remembered about Pedro: he’s not short, he just has a very low centre of gravity for more stable photography!
Stephen Errity: Senior Reporter (Europe)
Stephen joined DSC in 2013 to cover the International GT Open, moving across to lead our Blancpain GT Series coverage in 2014.
His day job is as a motoring journo and it shows: Look out for his next race report where he compared the boot space and urban fuel consumption of the Porsche 911 RSR and Ferrari 458 Italia.
Nobody is sure why Stephen insists on hiding his pronounced Surrey accent beneath a clearly fake Irish lilt.
Adam Pigott: Photographer (Europe)
A skilled web designer and photographer, Adam joined DSC in 2013. Described (in slightly bitter tones!) by several of the more experienced DSC snappers as “talented,” he spread his wings that year with trips to European races that saw his newly obtained passport getting used for the first time.
Since then Adam has combined his DSC duties with a passion for rallying, travelling through the muddy woods and icy forests of Europe in search of VW Polos.
Adam is the 2014 MSA Renault Young Motorsport Photographer of the Year.
Dan ‘Dan! Dan! Dan! Dan!’ Bathie: Photographer (Europe)
Dan’s trained eye encompasses a mix of design and photographic ability, whilst his other eye catches up with sleep. Joining DSC was an eye-opener (the sleepy one) for Dan – never more so than when he first dined with the team at The Smoking Dog. We can’t be sure, but it seems this may have been the first time he’d eaten a hot meal that didn’t come out of a foil-topped cup filled with a kettle since 2010.
He now mixes his roving snapper role with DSC with a portfolio of design clients and is making a name for himself too in the world of Formula E with his photographic and design skills.
Dan was Highly Commended in the 2014 MSA Renault Young Motorsport Photographer of the Year competition.
Soren ‘Zorro’ Herweg: Reporter & Photographer (Germany)
Soren has evolved from a periodic correspondent to a very regular reporter on the German GT racing scene, combining his engineering studies with as much racing as he can.
A man of boundless enthusiasm and bonhomie, his tireless work ethic is well matched to a VLN grid that can number well north of 150 cars. We’ll be keeping a close watch on our young German friend, though, people have gone missing in the Eifel woods and the barbecues there are legendary!
Gary Horrocks: North American Editor
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Gary grew up building model cars and reading about whatever racing events he could find. Along the way, he found heroes who appeared to be larger than life, like Jimmy Clark and Ronnie Peterson, and shed tears when their lives ended.
His main interest has been endurance racing, starting with the Ford GT40 era. While he considers IMSA GTP and Group C to be the peak of endurance racing, he also feels that what’s happening now can be considered a renaissance.
He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, away from racing and building 1:43 scale cars, he enjoys music and the family interests of sport and travelling as well as his prized 5.0-litre Mustang.
Gary sees himself as a fan who was in the right place at the right time. He attributes his standing to hard work and persistence, as well as the support of family and friends such as Paul Shavor, Janos Wimpffen, Andy Hartwell, Brian Mitchell, Alan Del Gaudio and Sara Coy.
Martin Spetz: Photographer (North America)
Martin has served DSC as faithfully these past few years as he served his country during his career in the US Coastguard until his retirement.
The ‘Coasties’ motto is Semper Paratus (“Always Ready”) and Martin certainly lives up to that. Despite his status as a retired gentleman of leisure, Huge’s shots are often the first seen from a race weekend, whether it’s IMSA or one of his beloved historic meetings.
Martin’s frame is a fine monument to all that’s great about America. It’s big, is a major bacon consumer and (one to note here, ladies) is free!
David Warnock: Partner
David’s involvement with DSC came about because of his desire to give something back to the sport and also to help in some small way with the indefatigable enthusiasm shown by the rest of the team.
He began racing in 1989 in a Porsche 911 SC and progressed to win the British Porsche Supercup title in 1991. He took the British GT2 title in 1996 in a Marcos and again in 1999 driving a Lister. In the same year, he took his own Porsche to Daytona and claimed GT2 class victory ahead of the factory Corvettes.
In 2001, he teamed up with Mike Jordan to win the Tourist Trophy and the British GT title. He’s raced all over the world and competed in six Le Mans, which he rates as unquestionably the best race on earth.
Malcolm ‘Crackers’ Cracknell: Founding Editor
Malcolm Cracknell blames Michael Cotton for his obsession with sportscar racing. If you couldn’t be there, MC would describe the action, hour by hour.
A career as a teacher and duties as a responsible husband simultaneously came to an end at the age of 40. Thus began a rollercoaster ride writing about his beloved endurance racing on the internet, which allowed as much space as necessary to do justice to any race.
The story of Sportscarworld’s demise is almost too painful to recall: its domain name was snatched away during Le Mans week in 2000, leaving the editor mentally wrecked after years of grindingly hard work.
A gentleman called Tim Blake, plus many of the site’s readers, came to the rescue and TotalMotorSport was born in January 2001. Cracknell’s involvement there came to an end in October 2001, but the persistence of a group that wouldn’t give up saw a new site born: Dailysportscar.com.
After a disastrous first year that saw an original partner let down the new enterprise both financially and technically, DSC bounced back and Malcolm led it tirelessly, setting the standard for internet sportscar journalism that others have since tried to follow.
Health issues forced his retirement from front-line duties in 2007, but as our Founding Editor, he’s still a steadying hand on the tiller, always ready with sage advice and absolutely always ready with an opinion, too!
Paul ‘Rumpole’ Slinger: Reporter (Europe)
Paul has been with DSC as an irregular correspondent since the very beginning, latterly blending his race-reporting appearances with paternal duties for his young family and his day job as a High Court judge.*
Paul’s introduction to ‘the other side of the fence’ came around the turn of the century, when it occurred to him that because he was going to so many races, he needed to think of ways to get in for free.
Everything came together on a snowy British GT media day when he was awarded his first media pass. He crashed his car getting there, but that took little of the shine away from the moment (it’s also where he met a certain Mr Goodwin!).
Paul is one of an astonishing three of the DSC regulars that owns a sports car. He’s a confirmed Lotus nut, and even when fatherhood beckoned, he managed to persuade his lovely wife Victoria that the ‘family’ Elise should stay!
Paul ‘Trussers’ Truswell
Paul joined DSC in 2012 as our Features Editor. Known to most sportscar fans as the man who makes sense of the Le Mans 24 Hours on Radio Le Mans, Paul’s motorsport career encompasses a long history of trackside and broadcast commentary as well as his trademark race analysis.
His post-race insistence that he was more interested in compiling stats than relaxing in a pool in 90-plus-degree heat laid the foundations for real respect from the DSC snappers, well, either respect or utter bewilderment!
Martin ‘DVD’ Little: British GT Race Reporter
DVD stands for Dick van Dyke, proof positive that Lordy and Doris haven’t got a grip of UK geography.
An Essex boy, Martin now resides perilously close to Doris’s Worcester home.
His passion is music, a bass player of some renown he often played to packed stadia (pubs) before his recent retirement to a gentler life covering the British GT Championship and a regular and highly enthusiastic member of DSC’s regular Le Mans 24 Hours ‘crew’.
DSC’s second Aussie in Residence, Sam has long been a feature of the motorsport reporting community on the internet via his ‘Racerviews’ site and joined the DSC ‘collective’ several years ago to bolster our Aussie GT and Bathurst 12 Hours coverage.
His DSC nickname is a work in progress, we’re working on options for consideration including his facial hair, clearly put on Aussie accent and his love, and we mean that in the deepest and most meaningful sense, of rallying!
Mat ‘Rene’ Fernandez
One of our latest recruits, Mat, despite a name that suggests a previous career as a Mexican bandit, was actually born at Tertre Rouge (not during the race we hasten to add).
He now provides regular updates from the wide, wide world of French language sportscar racing, with the aid and assistance of his good lady.
We’ll be seeing much, much more of Mat’s moniker on DSC in the future
James Goodwin: Reporter (Asia)
James, son of DSC editor Graham, made a return to DSC in 2014 after a career-enforced absence of several years. Inheriting his good looks from his Dad (lucky, lucky lad), James covers a range of Asian series for the site.
David ‘Lasagne’ Legangneux: Reporter & Photographer (France)
A regular DSC correspondent from the beginning, David provides some stunning images and news snippets from his varied travels.
Danny Bear: Chairman, CEO and dictator-for-life
Danny Bear is the lynchpin for the whole DSC operation. His successful business enterprises have given the site a very firm financial footing and his ruthless business nous means that any hostile takeover bids will be met with a heady cocktail of good-natured banter and senseless violence.
Danny is always up for the challenge and has attended Le Mans, Sebring, Petit Le Mans, Daytona (where he hooked up with long-lost cousin Denny) and Spa as part of the DSC crew.
After nearly being kidnapped by Milka Duno at Le Mans in 2002, Danny made his La Sarthe debut in 2005, co-driving the Racing for Holland Dome with Jan Lammers. Previously, he successfully helped steer the Preci-Spark Porsche (with the Jones twins and Mike Jordan) through the 2004 Spa 24 Hours.
More recently, he joined Ecurie Ecosse for the Spa 24 Hours in 2011 and made a guest appearance with Oliver Panis in the Oreca-Matmut Peugeot 908 at Le Mans that same year.
Having taken a couple of years out of motor racing to play cricket, Danny was back again in 2013, racing at Le Mans with Murphy Prototypes and making a number of other guest appearances. Unfortunately, Danny was injured during one of his lengthy stints with Brendon Hartley and sustained a minor neck fracture. He’s now ‘on the mend’ and looking forward to another active season with the DSC team.