Princes William/Harry, Lewis Hamilton & Me ( between the covers)

December 9, 2008 at 11:50 pm 16 comments

by Loraine Ritchey

martin Source published by John Blake Publishing

I am very protective of my name on the internet ( as some will attest to their chagrin) . Friends from all over the world ask me to be their “friend on FaceBook” ( not bloody likely!!!!! ) No partying friends for this face
and then of course the “koobface virus”

Everything you write or is written about you can come to the fore at the click of a search engine.

In the past year or so my writings have contributed to a daughter of a stuntman in Australia finding her fathers grave site in the USA ( at last) and a sense of closure.

Two young lovers once again finding each other and an engagement last week and then from the UK this week – the man in the pointy hat and red nose discovering himself on a google image and being led to this web site
ron Ron the Builder

NOTE:I am really hoping that Ron will contribute to this blog in the near future.

You leave tracks all over the web- some tracks are accurate and some are not. It is up to you to make sure your are writing accurately and being written about accurately – easier said than done but after all the reputation you save may be your own!

So how did Princes William , Harry and World Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton and I end up between the covers?

My cousin Martin who is really quite famous ( even infamous) in the UK, Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. Martin released his autobiography in October (Richard Coomber)
My mum received an autographed copy this week, she was thrilled to see her brother Mark once again living on the pages of her nephew’s book.
hines-shop Source ( family photo)

Martin has led a colourful life ( I can attest to that) and according to publisher’s notes:

Along the way he discovered and nurtured F1 stars, including David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton and Anthony Davidson, and future stars Gary Paffett and Oliver Rowland.

He shared Coco -cola with Princess Diana as William and Harry were introduced to the “circuit” .
diana Source

Martin and I shared a Grandad
grandad family photo
As you can see he was quite a character ( Grandad that is) and sorry Martin but I think he liked me best -I was always soooooooooo sweet ๐Ÿ˜‰

I often wonder if the grandparents and great grandparents who enjoyed those family gatherings in by gone years – just what they would say of the family that is now dispersed throughout the world- how proud they would be of the accomplishments of their lineage!

We have a great deal of diversity in our family and I look upon my cousins and their children with pride and affection. We have great memories of our own childhood and shared a lot of laughs.

I caught up with Martin , his wife Tina and his daughter Tuesday in September – mum, my husband , Tony ( another cousin who was my son’s best man earlier in the summer)
all had a lovely lunch in a 500 year old pub in a little country village in the back and beyond.

Then 5 days later I dragged myself from the sick bed after a disasterous flight home to the couch and watched Martin’s son Luke on the TV in Atlanta, Georgia driving in the “Petite Le Mans”
I couldn’t help thinking ( knowing that Martin was trackside in Georgia watching his son) what a small world this really is .
lewsi Daily Telegraph

Martin’s book “Every Split Second Counts” ( My life with fast karts, fast woman and F1 Superstars) can be purchased through Amazon.comamong others.

Entry filed under: Brit take, motorsport/racing, writers and writing.

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  • 2. Tony Hines  |  December 10, 2008 at 5:47 am

    Lorain Its funny as the man in the Photo is my Great Grandfather and I share him with Nikki and Chris, but I did actually meet him when I was about 6 years of age, real charcter.


  • 3. thatwoman  |  December 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    That is right Oh what trouble sprang from his loins ( no wonder he liked a drink! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 4. Tony Hines  |  December 10, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    YES, and a few in the family have taken after him

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  December 10, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    what with big feet??? Oh bless his heart he was a wicked old devil really …. made Nana’s ( mine) not the current Nana life hell .but there you go if it wasn’t for him none of us would be here…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 6. Tony Hines  |  December 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Yep but I think he would be kinda proud they way we all turned out

  • 7. dave cotton  |  December 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    six degrees, darlin’! It IS a very small world indeed.
    Cool story!

  • 8. thatwoman  |  December 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Dave yes in some cases too small — I wish to separate from all things Roman ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 9. Dawn Becklake (nee Hines)  |  December 10, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Yes Coz (& noted Tony’s comments!!)
    Nice to see a picture of grandad but of course I have that pic as of course it was my wedding – 1956!!! (what a beautiful little bridesmaid) and yes there are several ‘drinkers’ in the family following in the old so & so’s footsteps – not me of course – says she drinking a glass of red wine but of course life is just one big rush still and have been kneedeep in mud feeding men in an off-farm shed (combing reed) cold, wet with straw bits blowing in ones face – shopping – having my feet done as can’t see or bend to do the nails! and then picking granddaughter up from school as she is not very well – think the worl and his wife have this dreadful virus that you all caught in the UK -seems to be a very virulent bug! Look forward to seeing my ‘Famous Cousin’s’ autobiography!!!

  • 10. thatwoman  |  December 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Mum i s here ….been here all afternoon getting the house ready for Christmas ( and having to deal with an internet idiot not you lot of course ๐Ÿ™‚ and running virus scans at the same time wish I could block that bug fromover there so easily it was awful……anyway mum says she will ring you …… not our fault we enjoy a tipple it is part of our heritage .. Loraine

  • 11. Tony Hines  |  December 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    well done for running the blog, I am off on holiday tomorrow for some skiing in Austria, just wanted to wish your readers a Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  • 12. thatwoman  |  December 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Ah the good life Skiing in Austria lunch at the Rose Cafe in Lorain talk to you soon Love Loraine

  • 13. Michael Hines  |  December 28, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    As I am a new member to this computing/e-mailing lark I am shocked and delighted at the wonders of worldwide instant communication. It is lovely to see the pictures of the family as detailed in Martins book I personally do not drink!! Some body needs to keep family tradition alive haha!!!

  • 14. thatwoman  |  December 28, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Micheal you will notice I have cut your head off in the picture of the wedding when I cropped it to fit sorry about that ๐Ÿ™‚

  • […] ..but a world champion is coming to Lorain just to see her…. the fact that it is her nephew only adds to the fun. […]

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