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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Latvala takes lead from Meeke

September 11th, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala took the Rally Australia lead from Kris Meeke on Friday’s final stage, with Sebastien Ogier also closing in on the leaders and a third World Rally Championship title. Latvala – who needs to outscore Ogier by 10 points this weekend to delay his Volkswagen team-mate’s 2015 WRC coronation – reeled off fastest times on the afternoon loop’s first three stages to move up from fifth to second. Citroen driver Meeke still looked like he had enough in hand to hang onto the overnight lead. But after profiting from a cleaner surface on the previous three stages, the drivers further down the starting order found themselves struggling for visibility as dust hung in the air under the trees on the 18.3-mile Newry Long closer. Meeke lost 6.5 seconds to [...]

Meeke leads Hyundais in Australia

September 11th, 2015

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Kris Meeke’s Citroen leads the Hyundais of Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon after the opening morning of Rally Australia, with World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier back in sixth. Ogier was expecting to lose time on the first three stages, where his first-on-the-road status would be most costly on very dusty roads. Sure enough the Volkswagen driver was back in eighth after the Northbank stage, but he regained ground on Newry Long, where road position was less critical. Hyundai initially held a one-two, with Sordo making the most of being eighth in the start order to go fastest on all of the first three stages. A downshift problem and a stall at a hairpin then hampered his pace on Newry Long, allowing stage winner Meeke to leap into first place, [...]

FIA to develop rally safety action plan

September 10th, 2015

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The FIA will develop a rally safety action plan and establish an expert task force in response to recent fatal accidents. Six spectators were killed when a car left the road on Spain’s Rally of La Coruna last weekend, while there had also been spectator fatalities on domestic events in Australia and Estonia earlier in the year. French driver Frederic Comte also died last weekend in a crash on Rally Monte Blanc. Those incidents prompted FIA president Jean Todt to call an extraordinary meeting in Geneva on Wednesday, where attendees included closed road commissioner Ari Vatanen, World Rally Championship commission chief Carlos Barbosa, WRC manager Michele Mouton and Spanish federation chief Carlos Gracia Fuertes. An FIA statement said an action plan had been agreed to focus on the following points: [...]

Ogier tops Coffs shakedown despite spin

September 10th, 2015

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World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier set fastest time of Rally Australia’s shakedown, despite coming within inches of rolling his Volkswagen Polo R WRC at the first corner. The Frenchman topped the timesheets for the final practice ahead of the Coffs Harbour-based event. Ogier was 1.1 seconds ahead of his team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen, as Jari-Matti Latvala made it a Volkswagen clean sweep, 0.5s down on his Norwegian colleague. But it was Ogier’s moment in the first hairpin right that had everybody talking down under, and the man himself admitted he hadn’t been far from disaster. “It was the very first corner of the morning,” Ogier told AUTOSPORT “I was actually a bit too slow – I braked too early for this hairpin and turned in. “There was a bank on [...]

WTCC helping Citroen’s 2017 WRC work

September 9th, 2015

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Citroen is yet to make a decision on its future in the World Rally Championship beyond 2016, but team principal Yves Matton says the French manufacturer already has the edge on its rivals in terms of its ’17 World Rally Car. The World Touring Car Championship’s technical regulations have enabled Citroen to run preliminary engine investigation work into what a 36mm restrictor would mean to a World Rally Car. The WRC’s shift from a 34mm turbo restrictor is among changes aimed at making cars faster, wider and more aggressive, with a boost from the current notional figure of 300bhp to 380bhp. Citroen will remain in both the WRC and WTCC next season, but a decision for 2017 and beyond will be taken at the end of this year. “In the [...]

Ostberg ruled out after truck crash

September 9th, 2015

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Citroen’s Mads Ostberg has withdrawn from this week’s Rally Australia following his crash with a truck in the recce and will be replaced by Stephane Lefebvre. Ostberg and his co-driver Jonas Andersson were both hurt in the incident during the recce for the New South Wales World Rally Championship event on Tuesday. They tried to complete the remainder of the recce on Wednesday, but were unable to do so due to the injuries they had sustained in the head-on crash with a truck. “Obviously, it’s really disappointing, but it just wasn’t possible to compete at 100 per cent,” Ostberg told AUTOSPORT. “I have two fractured ribs and Jonas has some injuries as well. “We saw the FIA medical staff today and it’s not possible [to start]. “We looked at all [...]

China report delays WRC calendar

September 8th, 2015

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The 2016 World Rally Championship calendar has been delayed by an FIA observer’s report pointing out significant issues with the candidate rally to assess China’s possible return. Those close to the FIA and WRC Promoter are confident the problems experienced on August’s Beijing Huairou Rally can be overcome, though, in time for the event to occupy a September or October slot next season. WRC Promoter’s proposed schedule was due to be put to the WRC Commission in Paris last week, but that has been delayed by a fortnight to September 17 to allow further discussion on China’s future. The Commission will be asked to vote on the calendar one day later, and it is still expected to go to the World Motor Sport Council on September 30. “It was decided [...]

Ostberg, Andersson escape recce crash

September 8th, 2015

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Mads Ostberg and co-driver Jonas Andersson escaped injury in an incident with a truck on the Rally Australia recce on Tuesday. The Citroen World Rally Championship driver posted a message on his Facebook page to confirm details of the accident. “We had an accident on the recce today,” he wrote. “We met a big truck on the last stage. “The road was too narrow and there was no way to avoid a crash. “We have been taken care of by medical staff at the local hospital. “We are OK, no serious injuries.” Citroen said Ostberg would resume the recce in a replacement car on Wednesday. Rally Australia commences on Friday morning local time.

Todt calls FIA rally safety meeting

September 7th, 2015

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FIA president Jean Todt has called a meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to urgently discuss rally safety after two fatal accidents last weekend. Six spectators were killed on Spanish event the Rally of La Coruna when Peugeot 206 driver Sergio Tabeayo rolled where they were standing, while 39-year-old Frenchman Frederic Comte lost his life when he crashed his Citroen Xsara WRC on Rally Mont Blanc. An FIA statement said: “FIA President Jean Todt has called for a meeting in Geneva on 9th September with the presidents of the FIA commissions involved in rally safety. “The objective of the meeting is to review the recent tragic accidents that have occurred and to evaluate every possible additional measures to support and strengthen the organisers’ efforts regarding both spectator and driver safety.” Last [...]

Rally GB set to lose season finale slot

September 2nd, 2015

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Wales Rally GB is set to lose its traditional slot as the World Rally Championship’s season finale in 2016. The Deeside-based event is being lined up for a move to October next year, with Rally Australia likely to shift from September to November and close out the calendar. Rally Australia hosted the season finale in 2004 and ’05, during its time in Perth, and its current organisers have been pushing to stage the final round, with a view to holding an end-of-season party in Sydney following the Coffs Harbour rally. Australia has been granted a single-season extension to a three-year deal, which comes to an end later this month. Rally GB running out of its traditional November date isn’t unheard of, having occupied a September slot in 2003 and ’04. [...]

Mixed results for China WRC trial

August 31st, 2015

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A candidate event to determine China’s suitability for a return to the World Rally Championship ran with mixed results. Rally Beijing Huairou – a round of the Chinese Rally Championship won by former WRC driver Chris Atkinson two weekends ago – was a two-day event, including a mixture of asphalt and concrete roads. Currently based approximately 40 miles north of Beijing, the event is tipped for possible inclusion as a September or October rally on the draft 2016 calendar, which will be put to the WRC Commission at its meeting in Paris this week. Triple British Rally Champion Mark Higgins finished second in his Subaru China Impreza and said the event had plenty of WRC potential. Higgins and Atkinson both found motorbikes on the stages while they were at competitive [...]

Citroen protege gets Corsica WRC run

August 28th, 2015

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Citroen protege Stephane Lefebvre will get another World Rally Car outing on the Tour of Corsica after his strong Rally Germany performance. Lefebvre, last year’s Junior WRC champion and now competing mainly in WRC2, finished 10th on his top-class debut last weekend. Team boss Yves Matton said that drive had earned him a home appearance as well. “I’d even go as far as to say that he slightly exceeded the goals we had set for him,” said Matton. “Focused and committed from start to finish, he improved his out-and-out speed, whilst also showing an encouraging level of technical awareness. “In light of this, and in accordance with his programme which included two rallies in the DS 3 WRC, he will be taking part in the Tour de Corse in the [...]

Kubica skips Australia for testing

August 27th, 2015

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Robert Kubica will miss next month’s Rally Australia, preferring to test his Ford Fiesta RS for the following World Rally Championship events on asphalt instead. An engine problem spoiled the Polish star’s first outing in an asphalt-specification 2015 Fiesta in Germany earlier last weekend. Changing the engine on the eve of the rally saddled him with a five-minute penalty, while going off the road twice cost more time. Kubica could not find a comfortable set-up with the Fiesta, which has prompted him to skip the trip down under in favour of asphalt testing for Corsica and Catalunya. “The [2014] specification car was the best handling Fiesta I ever drove,” Kubica told AUTOSPORT, “and with this one we have a lot of understeer. I need to know why. “Before the event, [...]

Ogier eyeing title in Australia

August 26th, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier is keen to secure his third World Rally Championship title at next month’s Rally Australia after his victory in Germany last weekend. With 112 points on offer across the remaining four rallies, Ogier leads Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala by 93 points, following the brand’s lockout of the Rally Germany podium. If Ogier finishes ahead of Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen in Australia, or takes second behind Latvala, the Frenchman would complete his hat-trick. Ogier won his first two crowns on his home round in France, but he admits he’ll be quite happy if he can sew-up a third down under next month. “Yes,” said Ogier. “[The title] has become more and more realistic now. “I didn’t calculate exactly, but now I have a real chance to get it. “I [...]

Ogier pulls away from Latvala

August 22nd, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier increased his Rally Germany lead as he outpaced Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala on four of Saturday morning’s five stages. Ogier and Latvala alternated fastest times on the first two stages of the morning, but when the group arrived at the two short Arena Panzerplatte tests, Ogier boosted his lead by 2.7 seconds over just 3.56 miles of competition. The monster 23.8-mile Panzerplatte Long stage featured a brilliant Ogier time, 6.8s quicker than Latvala – extending the gap to 18.5s overall. VW is searching for its first home win in Germany but holds a 1-2-3 for the time being, with Andreas Mikkelsen maintaining a steady pace in third. In the VW’s wake, asphalt specialist Dani Sordo moved up into fourth on the final stage of the morning, at the [...]

Ogier builds Rally Germany advantage

August 21st, 2015

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Sebastien Ogier pulled clear of Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala through the Friday afternoon stages of Rally Germany. Latvala closed on the World Rally champion through the morning and led by a tenth of a second, but Ogier took command by winning every stage after lunchtime service. Buoyed by a set-up change to his VW Polo R WRC that proved to his liking, Ogier extended a 9.5-second lead over Latvala through the afternoon, with the Finn admitting his team-mate was simply too fast to catch. VW’s podium monopoly looks increasingly secure after a mistake from Citroen’s Kris Meeke as he tried to keep in touch with third-placed Andreas Mikkelsen. Meeke lost a little under two minutes and fell to 11th when he crashed through a field on the Waxweiler stage, but [...]

Latvala leads Ogier by a tenth

August 21st, 2015

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Jari-Matti Latvala leads Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier by just one tenth of a second after an ultra-close opening loop of Rally Germany. Ogier, who has a mathematical chance to wrap up the 2015 World Rally Championship title this weekend, led the first two stages but was always under pressure from Rally Finland winner Latvala. The Finn then edged into the rally lead by half a second when he outpaced Ogier on the first of the two vineyard stages. Ogier struck back on the following Mittelmosel stage, but only beat Latvala by four tenths – meaning they head for service a mere 0.1s apart. VW holds the top three places at the moment, but Andreas Mikkelsen has been unable to match his team-mates’ pace and is 15.9s off the lead. He [...]

Ogier feels he owes VW home win

August 20th, 2015

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier wants to repay Volkswagen for what he describes as “extremely bad” past Rally Germany performances this weekend. While the Hannover-based team has dominated the last two and a half WRC seasons, winning every other rally on the calendar, the VW Polo R WRC has failed miserably – a third place for Andreas Mikkelsen last season aside – to make the same impact on its home round of the championship. Ogier won in Germany in a Citroen in 2011, but has crashed three times in the last two years of the Trier-based event. “It’s fair to say that my performance on the Rally Germany for the two last years has been extremely bad,” he said. “I have a good challenge ahead of me this week to [...]

VW chief defends under-fire Meeke

August 17th, 2015

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Volkswagen World Rally team principal Jost Capito has defended Kris Meeke after recent criticism from his Citroen squad, and says he would be first choice for a fourth VW seat. Citroen chief Yves Matton said last month that Meeke’s crashes in Italy and Poland had “completely destroyed” the value of his maiden victory in Argentina. But Capito praised Meeke as a potential world champion and described him as the biggest threat to VW in the WRC. “I am absolutely convinced Kris can do it,” Capito told AUTOSPORT. “He is a good friend of mine and I know he could be world champion – I’m absolutely convinced. “Kris is the guy who can challenge this team on the stages and he is also the guy challenging Seb [Ogier] when they are [...]

Network Q returns to Rally GB

August 14th, 2015

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Network Q will return to the WRC’s Wales Rally GB as the sponsor of the National event for 2015, after a seven-year absence. The brand became synonymous with the World Rally Championship event during its previous nine-year tenure, sponsoring the rally between 1993 and 2002. The company renews its relationship with Rally GB as part of its 25th anniversary year, and will host celebrations at the Deeside service park. Ben Taylor, the event’s managing director, is certain the move will bring back memories to fans who recall Network Q’s involvement fondly. “Network Q is a brand that has such a strong historic bond with rallying in this country and we are delighted to welcome them back,” said Taylor. “Their return is sure to rekindle lots of great memories among both [...]