The op-ed I wrote is being featured on the +MotorsportReg.com blog. Motorsports in general and automobile circuit ("road") racing in particular is an area where the demographics tend to skew heavily one way, namely old(er), white and (especially) male. There are historical reasons for this but suffice it to say that as is the case in many other aspects of society, this lack of diversity is now largely a self-perpetuating condition… at a time when many motorsports organizations are struggling to replenish their ranks.
Only by avoiding exclusionary attitudes on the part of traditional participants (exemplified in the worst way by the "Gamergate" online harassment of women video game enthusiasts) and rooting out unconscious biases that create an unwelcoming environment for participants outside the predominant demographic, can these organizations seek to expand into the largely underserved markets that best represent opportunities for growth.
(Thanks to +Brian G for allowing me the chance to address a wider motorsports community via the MSR blog.)
Sometimes we become so enamoured with technology itself that we forget it's what technology enables us to do that's the most important thing. Kudos to Apple for this heartwarming piece that reminds us of just that.
This summarizes my feelings about The Wheel's (monthly magazine of the +SCCA San Francisco Region) editorial policy at the moment. Seems to me they're trying to bury the op-ed I wrote. Luckily they'll learn that's not easy to do these days.
A link to this video showed up in an Engine Builder Magazine E-mail; definitely worth a watch. Some beautiful shots of the engine casting, forming and machining processes. If like me you love the look of freshly machined metal, definitely check this out!