Who is Aysedasi?
Before we go any further, it is pronounced Ay-Zee-Day-Zee....! I am a 62 year old Le Mans addict! I made my first visit to Le Mans in 1986 and have been back every year since. I could never have imagined when I made that first trip that Le Mans would become such a passion, but I know that there are plenty more like me out there who couldn't possibly contemplate the idea of not going to Le Mans every year.
I have been, I suppose, what you would call a professional (that's work-wise, not a professional Le Mans addict!), and until October 2019 I had worked in the same place for 44 years until I retired. I live on the south coast of England in the New Forest, a beautiful place to live, and I'm lucky enough to have a lovely wife who puts up with my Le Mans fixation with great patience and good cheer all year round. I also have two children, one who is a motorsport mechanic and another a sporty inline hockey and golf addict.
I'm a long-standing member of the ACO and a former member of the BARC and, for what it's worth, I was a member of the now defunct Racing for Britain and the short-lived Motor Racing GB which followed. I've been an avid supporter of motor racing in the UK for many years and before I married my wife I could be seen at a circuit somewhere in the country every weekend during the season. My Inca Yellow MGB GT was quite a familiar sight at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and my local circuit, Thruxton. I wonder if anyone out there still remembers seeing me? I doubt it! I was a great supporter of F3 in the UK, and through Racing for Britain followed the careers of Andy Wallace and Johnny Herbert in particular. Naturally, I was very pleased indeed when Andy won Le Mans in 1988 and Johnny did likewise in 1991. My regular weekend trips to circuits ended a long time ago as I couldn't afford a family and a mortgage as well as the petrol and the developing costs for the hundreds of reels of film I used to take during the season. I now generally limit myself to Le Mans and the annual sportscar race at Silverstone each year, although my recent retirement now brings more potential opportunities to go racing.
I am very much a sports car fan - I find modern day Formula 1 about as exciting as watching paint dry. My F1 era was really the mid-80's to the mid-90's, the Senna, Prost, Mansell, Piquet era. I am often asked what the derivation of the name "Aysedasi" is. It started just as a computer password many moons ago then developed into my forum name at Ten Tenths. I prefer to let my visitors guess what it means. In fact, I've already given you a clue and for once it actually has nothing at all to do with Le Mans!
So that's me. Do have a look around my site, which has now been online for 19 years. I'm just one of the many thousands of people who are captivated by what I consider to be motor racing's greatest spectacle and experience. If you've enjoyed that experience yourself, you'll understand my enthusiasm. If you haven't been to Le Mans yet I hope my passion will rub off and tempt you to make the trip. I'm convinced you won't be disappointed.