Publisher / Editor: Grant Rowley, Softbound, 233 Pages, ISBN: 9781921203459 - First Published in 2007 - 3rd Volume in this very rare series !
Good, better, best
AUSTRALIA'S men and women have a rich history of doing well in just about anything they turn their hands at. In 2007, the best of Australia's motor racing talents were on show - both home and abroad.
Off our shores, The Annual's 'Racer of the Year' was Casey Stoner. The young New South Welshman, riding his Ducati, was simply in another league to the rest of the MotoGP field. On the best bike in the field and in front of the best riders from around the world, Stoner did the job with ease. And don't think for a second that he has done the last of his winning ...
At home, there was a fairtale unfolding, and it centred around Australia's fastest femme. Leanne Tander went within a whisker of claiming the Gold Star, only beaten by Tim Macrow in the final race. Macrow was a deserving victor, but Tander was the feel-good story of the year.
But while one Tander lost, another won. Leanne's husband Garth won a close and dramatic V8 Supercar Championship Series. It's amazing to think how close the Tander household had to having Australia's two top motor racing prizes under the one roof.
On a personal note, it has been a very signicant time in my life over the past 12 months.
In April 2007, my'regular'job at Motorsport News underwent a very significant change. The once-fortnightly publication changed to a weekly online eNews, coupled with a monthly print magazine. The fantastic response to the new format has been as big as the extra workload!
'Not that it kept me from doing things that I enjoy - like Sprint Karting. Having been out of the karter's seat for five years, 2007 saw me step back into the sport that I love. If I wasn't wearing a helmet, pictured below, you'd be able to see a very wide grin on my face.
But the size of my smile will not match the one that I have when I do the next significant event in my life - get married! In February 2008, I'll be greeting my long-time love Donna at the alter. Her encouragment and support over the past eight years is the sole reason why The Annual is possible. You may not see her byline on any of the stories, but 'Dear' is the glue that binds this book together ...
Thanks to all of The Annual's loyal supporters, contributors and consumers over the past three years. It's been a great ride. So, roll on 2008 ...