In our eleventh edition of the Blackbird Automotive Journal, we delve deep into the greatest street race in Asia; the Macau Grand Prix. For all its uncompromising brutality, Macau’s legendary Guia Street Circuit has endless incredible stories to tell, from beautiful career-defining moments, to heart stopping photo-finishes and teen-age flickers of greatness, sparked by the next generation of driving superstars. These stories are told through some of the race’s most honoured veterans and past champions; Herbert Adamczyk, Nobuhide Tachi and Charles Kwan. We also look at this year’s controversial race and check up on the current crop of up-and-coming future megastars vying for attention through Guia’s tight and unforgiving bends.
In this edition, we also cast our gaze over the recent retirements of Formula 1 legends Jenson Button and Felipe Massa – and a subsequent sensational, un-retirement in Massa’s case. They’re not the only big players to call it quits in the last few months though; what will Audi’s departure from the FIA World Endurance Championship mean for both the dominant German team and the sport itself?
From there, it’s on to Sussex for the greatest weekend on earth, The Goodwood Revival, but not before we attempt to strangle all the performance we can get out of Ayrton Senna’s latest legacy piece – the new Honda NSX. The questions are clear: does this high-tech machine live up to it’s game-changing predecessor and does a hardcore sports car really need four different driving modes?
Find all this and plenty more in Blackbird Automotive Journal: Vol 11, available now.