August 11, 2003


Ive been searching for an update on Howard Marsden since fellow petrol-head Niall Cook posted this last week. So far, nothing. Marsden is an extraordinary man, whose gifts of analysis, strategy and reasoning elevated Australian motor racing to international levels. Hes also quietly artistic -- although his colour blindness requires him to seek the help of family when selecting paint for his landscapes.

I spent a few hours with Marsden a couple of years ago, when I was writing a Craig Lowndes profile. Even his asides were worth recording; hed mention changes in society that altered the nature of Australian athletes, say, resulting in people like Lowndes (balanced, happy, competitive) instead of the likes of 70s-era performers Allan Moffat and Bob Jane (whose competitiveness was overwhelming, possibly even destructive). Marsden is a rare engineer in that he understands completely a racer's ideas and motivation, and also is able to explain those notions to the sport's outsiders. Wish him the best.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 11, 2003 01:24 PM

drivers are not athletes. Only fat-fux say they are. Get a bicycle u lazy prix.

Posted by: neil at August 11, 2003 at 07:17 PM

Ah, nothing like the compassion of the health-nuts.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 11, 2003 at 08:53 PM

The Ford Racing link on Ford Australia returned mail to me today asking that goodwill wishes for Howard be sent to his work email, so I did. I received an 'out of office' reply from his outlook -

For all Ford Racing business please contact Stephen Kruk
EM: PH: 03 9359 7392
For other matters please contact Samantha Marsden
EM: PH: 03 9359 8421

Is Samantha his wife?

Posted by: Niall at August 11, 2003 at 11:09 PM

none of your business U-F-F

Posted by: neil is a F-F at August 20, 2003 at 08:35 PM