Thursday, November 08, 2007

Government or the ALMS...

News broke yesterday of the remarkable career change of British politician Lord Paul Drayson.

After making gazillions in the pharmaceutical industry, Drayson moved into government in 2005 as a junior defense minister, and was dubbed one of "Tony's Cronies" for his closeness to Tony Blair.

This year Drayson has been racing alongside Jonny Cocker in a Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS-9 in the British GT championship. His run was noteworthy for two reasons: firstly, he came second in the championship, not bad for a politician; and secondly because the Aston ran on bio-ethanol, and became the first GT car to win a race using that kind of fuel.

The opportunity has come up for him to move to the US to take part in the ALMS with Barwell, Cocker and Aston Martin, although the exact details remain unclear. There's talk of the car being a GT2-spec Aston V8 Vantage, along the lines of a test car that was spotted at Goodwood circuit earlier this week.

2 comments:

Pee Wee said...

Whoa, interesting post, keep us informed. Most politicians don't seem to have a clue. About anything.....

patrick said...

From what I've heard through the grapevine, Drayson was worse than most. I work with politicians on a day to day basis. Some of them are every bit as bad (and even worse) than you'd expect, but others are fundamentally decent people trying to do a near impossible job.


Drayson's a reasonable driver though - he's been kicking about in the British GT series for a while, and he doesn't do badly for a man who's blind in one eye.

The reason he got a reputation as one of Blair's cronies was that his pharmaceutical firm won a very large government contract shortly after he had personally donated a huge sum of money to the Labour party.

Nothing on some of what Thatcher's lot used to get up to, but all the same....