Commemorative ride for Kevin Ash

What are you up to on 9th August? Fancy a date with me and a gang of motorsport fans at Silverstone? We are getting together in memory of my wonderful friend and revered journo, Kevin Ash. He is very much missed and this will be a perfect opportunity to raise some money for the Kevin Ash Fund, to help his family. I, for one can’t wait to see everyone. There will be a ride-in and a commemorative lap (Donate well and I will be your pillion!) and afterwards I will be hosting an auction full of money can’t buy items. So please shout about it to your mates, get together and pop down, it would be great to see you. Kev would have loved it.

More details as and when….www.ashonbikes.com

Fashion and Horses!

Hey there my life has had somewhat of a horsy feel over the past few weeks! I covered The Oaks, Derby and Royal Ascot for the BBC from a fashion point of view. I shared the screen with fashion journalist, James Sherwood. We have worked together on projects for several years and what he doesn’t know about Saville Row just isn’t worth knowing. Along the way I ran into various famous faces; Anton DuBeke, Erin Boag, Lilia Kopolova and Darren Bennet, John Inverdale, Grace Jones, Phil Daniels, Gethin Jones, The Forsythes and Cilla Black to name a few, all enjoying the races. I thought that you might like to see a few photos and for any ‘fashionistas’ I have listed the wonderful designers who helped me dress for the occasions.

I was all set to attend the MotoGP at Silverstone but had to dash home to France, so had to watch it on my iPad at the airport. Jorge really proved that he can win on any track, but the paddock does miss Valentino Rossi, I hope he will be back for Brno mid August, that’s the latest news I have on the Doctor. All my Daily Telegraph Previews include all my thoughts and views on the MotoGP world, so if you’re interested, you can catch up with those.

I’m about to rent an apartment in my old stomping ground, Birmingham. Perfect for getting to the Gadget Show studios in Brum’s Digital District, Digbeth! And also the very best curries in the country!

Catch you soon, loving the summer weather…. ps you can read my daily thoughts on Twitter. I’m @suziperry x

Quick Update

Thanks for your helpful comments about the site, it’s great to have a fresh new look, a ‘gadgety facelift’.

We have just finished filming series 13 of The Gadget Show and I have squeezed in a well needed week off. It may have rained a lot but that didn’t affect me too much as I slept through most of it! I think there may have been a birthday in there somewhere as well, but let’s not go into that…..However, I did receive some amazing gifts, including a gorgeous painting of 2 Zebra’s by Adolfo Rua, a carnet of Scuba Dives, tickets to see Stevie Wonder in a rather intimate dinner environment and a wonderful Creme De Mer facial…. I was ruined!

Over the next few weeks we will begin our film schedule for Series 14, which will go to air in August so there will literally only be a few weeks without the Monday night fix, but don’t forget Jon and Dionne will be bringing you web TV every week, even when we are off air – on Five

I have some other projects on the go;. however they are all in the early stages so I will inform you of the details when and if they stick. But I must say that I am very excited about all three possibilities for the future.

My MotoGP column is ongoing in the Motoring Section of The Daily Telegraph. I am still thrilled by the racing, despite not covering the antics for the BBC this year. Bike racing, in my view, is the greatest racing in the world. I am also able to follow the Superbikes more closely than before, taking me back to my roots. I hope to soon be taking ownership of my new Triumph Bonnie T100, I can’t wait… I will actually have time to ride it!

As I will be covering the fashion at Royal Ascot and The Derby again, I am busy looking for posh frocks and hats to impress my co-presenter, the inimitable James Sherwood. We always have a ball at the event and this year should be a great occasion.

Just after Gadget Show Live I moved house; I am now nearer to The Gadget Show filming in the Midlands. My family live in the South of France, so I hop back and forth across the channel but am still spending most of my time in the UK. I never want to move house again though, I can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ I had acquired over the years and there was me thinking that I wasn’t a hoarder!

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GSLive and other stuff!

Like hundreds of thousands of others I have been affected by the volcanic ash dominating our upper atmosphere. I was supposed to return to France to see my family for a few days after finishing Gadget Show Live, but sadly I have been stuck in London!

My thanks to everyone who came to the N.E.C to have fun with us, we had a ball and I have enjoyed reading all the comments on Twitter. We even had a few competition winners in, lucky devils! I think the plans for next year’s show are already underway, so if you didn’t make it this time, be sure to come and visit us next year; can’t wait to do it all again!

Although I am not presenting MotoGP for the BBC this season, I am still writing my column for the Daily Telegraph Motoring section and keeping more than a close eye on the paddock. Race organisers Dorna have very kindly sent me a permanent race pass so I may pop along to a few races to hang out with my buddies and see the modern day gladiators in action. I am already missing being there…a lot.

We continue with out Gadget Show filming. Having just celebrated our 150th show, we are trying to make a dent in the next 150! We turned up to the studio a couple of weeks ago to find that the entire show was a surprise challenge, none of us had a clue what we would face, but that was part of the fun and we all loved the experience, hope you will too.

Virtual MotoGP!

Breaking news…1st ever virtual race will take place this weekend on twitter! In the light of the Japanese MotoGP being postponed due to the Volcanic Ash, myself and two friends are organising a #twitgp on the social network site. It will cover virtual qualifying and of course the virtual race on Sunday. Details will become clear on @TwitGP and of course, I shall be back presenting all the action, virtually! Don’t miss it, it’s groundbreaking.

Welcome to the new look…

Well the new site is finally live. I can only apologise for the lack of updates over the last three months, we’ve been getting everything together for the new site and I’ve been incredibly busy with all the GS Live stuff. Anyhow, hope you like it, I’ll be sending many more updates live in the next few days but in the meantime loads of stuff from the old site has managed to make the transition including all my Gallery shots, my Biography and the About sections. Plus if you have any thoughts on the site or improvements, do let me know. I’m fully contactable in the usual way!

Sooze x

Err where did 2009 go?

I can’t believe that it’s already holiday time and another 12 months has slipped by. For me it has been a year of extremes; I have experienced great loss and also tremendous joy in the summer as I wed my feller, surrounded by my wonderful family. I now have a new dimension to my life which I am very grateful for.

In terms of work it has, as ever, been hectic. The Gadget Show continues to go from strength to strength and our first adventure with a live performance worked very well at the NEC in Birmingham back in April: in fact we will be extending the run next year to 4 days from April 8th – 11th, it’s a lot of fun. We have already filmed some of series 13 and it looks as though it will be a cracker, I also feel as though I am back to full strength and able to cope with more rugged challenges…look out boys! So far we have embarked upon a crazy desert challenge and directed pop videos, it all airs in February.

MotoGP was a full on calendar with Valentino reaping the rewards. I was thrilled that our BBC interview with him made world headlines (not the UK though with their apathy for bike sport!) He was very forthright about his views on team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha and a future at Ducati. It sets a good stage for the 2010 battle. At this time I am uncertain of my position regarding coverage for next year, there is much to be discussed.

Biker Blast OffMy ipod application Biker Blastoff reached number 1, twice, in the itunes charts, so thank-you if you downloaded and tapped, rubbed and shook me to the top spot! It also passed 2 million downloads worldwide which is incredible and I would like to pass on my deepest thanks to Mediatonic, the game designers and the gang in the office who were all instrumental in its great success, cheers guys, who’d have thought it! Also it made my cat Gingi famous!

I continued with my writing; the MotoGP column in the Daily Telegraphs Motoring Section, the BBC Bike review magazine and also a guest spot in T3 Magazine, which I very much enjoyed doing. I met the gang at the T3 awards where I presented the Drop Dead Gadget Award to Apple for their MacBookPro, it was quite a night!

I will be enjoying a rest over the Christmas period and then in January I am off to South Africa for a 3 week honeymoon, can’t wait; I have been planning it for months!

Next year the website will change somewhat. It will still be a port of contact, there will still be photo’s but it’s going on a diet and will be streamlined somewhat! You can still follow me on twitter @suziperry and also I hope to create a blog, so all my info will remain current.

On the 4th December, I took part in a Panto at the Promise Dreams Dinner at Walsall Town Hall.  As always the charity was very well supported and everyone seemed to have a good time.  My fellow cast members included Steve Bull and Don Goodman, Jenny Jones and Jenny Wilkes from Radio WM and we were absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful Jaki Graham who not only took part in the panto but performed 3 numbers for us including ‘Set me Free’  to a fantastic response from the audience.  She’s an amazing lady and I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet her.

Catalan Grand Prix 2009

Despite knowing beforehand that it would be a close run contest between the Yamahas, no-one could have dreamed that it would end up being such a spectacular showdown. The last 3 laps beggered belief; I think it was the best race that I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen it you should you-tube it because it is one of the most incredible moments of sport that you will ever see, even if you don’t think you like motor-sport, you will be hooked! Both Jorge and Vale were simply astonishing and ultimately Rossi proved there was life in the old goat yet! I wrote my Daily Telegraph column on the encounter if you want to read more. It was sweltering off the track and hot stuff on.

BKS

We are launching our new range of ladies jackets and here’s a taster. All jackets are bike friendly with armour and zip-out linings. There is an inside pocket for your phone and they have been designed with our figures in mind. I wanted a jacket that was good on the bike, but also off the bike. So many ladies jackets are boxy and shapeless; these should show the waist, hope you like them.

We are launching our new range of ladies jackets and here’s a taster. All jackets are bike friendly with armour and zip-out linings. There is an inside pocket for your phone and they have been designed with our figures in mind. I wanted a jacket that was good on the bike, but also off the bike. So many ladies jackets are boxy and shapeless; these should show the waist, hope you like them.
For more than 20 years BKS have crafted leather protective wear for hundreds of riders, including the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Robbie Williams and Prince William.
My personal signature collection, currently consisting of leather and waterproof textile jackets as mentioned, have been designed to exemplify confidence, freedom and a sense of adventure within a stylish, understated protective garment.
For further information on my current range and to find out where you can see the garments please visit www.bksclothing.com

Jerez

My 39th birthday was on May 3rd. I am not one to usually celebrate a birthday but with everything that has happened I found myself feeling quite lucky to have made my 39 years and woke with a spring in my step instead of the usual drag of being another year older. I was working, but as it was my first live race back at work I was excited about that too. I began my GP career 12 years ago at the circuit of Jerez when I worked for Sky, so it holds special memories. I was already covering World Superbikes, but GPs were a bit special; the elite paddock, and I had become a part of it. I had to collate as many interviews as I could and I was tasked with finding Mick Doohan, Alex Creville, Alex Barros, Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi.  Well I did so and haven’t looked back since.
Until this weekend just gone, I found myself in a rather reflective mood as I had my pit pass swiped and I re-entered the GP world. The first person I saw was Loris. He scootered up to me, hugged me and told me how great it was that I was ok and back at work. I had no idea who would know what had happened to me so I was quite surprised at Loris’ greeting. It was typical of him though; he’s such a great guy. So – I was in and I was back!

My 39th birthday was on May 3rd. I am not one to usually celebrate a birthday but with everything that has happened I found myself feeling quite lucky to have made my 39 years and woke with a spring in my step instead of the usual drag of being another year older. I was working, but as it was my first live race back at work I was excited about that too. I began my GP career 12 years ago at the circuit of Jerez when I worked for Sky, so it holds special memories. I was already covering World Superbikes, but GPs were a bit special; the elite paddock, and I had become a part of it. I had to collate as many interviews as I could and I was tasked with finding Mick Doohan, Alex Creville, Alex Barros, Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi.  Well I did so and haven’t looked back since.Until this weekend just gone, I found myself in a rather reflective mood as I had my pit pass swiped and I re-entered the GP world. The first person I saw was Loris. He scootered up to me, hugged me and told me how great it was that I was ok and back at work. I had no idea who would know what had happened to me so I was quite surprised at Loris’ greeting. It was typical of him though; he’s such a great guy. So – I was in and I was back!

The weekend was full of its usual twists and turns, the highs being Valentino getting it so right, Stoner on the podium and good runs from DePuniet and Melandri. Also a thrilling win for Bradley Smith in the 125 race and top 8 finishes for both Scott Redding and Danny Webb. The low points covered JT suffering a miserable time with set up and Jorge low-siding out of his home grand prix.

During qualifying Vale couldn’t find a good feeling from the front of the bike so the team decided to change the geometry and effectively make the bike higher for the race, it worked and he found himself flying round the Andalusia track like a scalded cat and swearing like a navvy in our post race interview! I felt for Lorenzo, he really wanted a win but I guess he just pushed a little bit too hard. The conditions were quite gusty on race day but not as strong as for qualifying. The event at Jerez drew an astonishing crowd of circa 140,000 the largest of any motor-sport event this year and yes that does include the illustrious F1: not bad for a minority sport eh! Actually it’s only viewed as a minority sport in our fair (unfair) land as other countries recognise it for what it is, a magnificent sport. The race itself was eventful with action throughout the field, but I think the Spanish fans would have liked a home win.

Then again, Mr Rossi pretty much got away with it!

Charlie and I found a great vantage point, 200 meters above turn 1, dangling from a crane! We filmed a chat and were returned to land, which Charlie was quite pleased about!

Looking forward to Le Mans, not my favourite track, but with three different winners from the first three races, it’s tough to not imagine we could see 4….