Hey readers, Andre Harrison here, but you probably better know me as “Dre, that opinionated Sebastian Vettel fanboy from the Internet”.
I started making videos on the Internet back in 2008. It was nothing more than casual video blogs at first, needing an outlet from a rough period of school, but it evolved and became something much more. I went from video blogging, to pointing my Digital Camera at a screen while going 10-19 on Halo, to even playing Pokemon online for a while. I even thought I could be a decent Wrestling vlogger. But it wasn’t until 2011 did I found what I thought was my true calling in making gaming videos, and especially, in the space of Formula 1.
I had an amazing period of 4 years in that space, generating over 1.5 million YouTube views, and over 6,500 subscribers. But as time went on, I discovered that what I was doing, was making more journalistic content, in a space that was more dependent on quality gameplay, a factor I couldn’t match.
During this time, I was also taking a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of West London. Instead of a 10,000 word dissertation, I did a special project, and that was the #Motorsport101 Podcast. We did an original 10 episode run, but the show was so popular, we kept it going after I finished studying, and has now become my #1 priority as an aspiring Motorsport journalist. Luckily, I was able to graduate in July of 2015 with a Second-class honours, upper division degree.
I’ve only started committing to #Motorsport101 in January of 2016, but since then, we’ve already had over 8,000 total plays since moving our library to Soundcloud, as well as over 650 YouTube Subscribers, amassing over 20,000 total views. I’ve also been a major part of Downforce Radio’s “#BikeLive” weekly radio show, which has had 15,000 total plays and over 5,000 total downloads since its inception in August 2014, a show I’m very proud to be a part of with long-time partners Louis Suddaby and Rebecca James. My work has also featured for Sports Gaming blog “Operation Sports” and on “Bleacher Report” as a WWE featured columnist. I was also the Top 5 video maker for RaceWorldTV, amassing over 1,000,000 lifetime views on YouTube, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.
It’s been quite the journey, and now when I’m not working in a bookies taking bets, I’m striving hard to make the best Motorsport podcast out there with long time friends Adam Johnson, and Ryan King and probably tweeting about sports, pop culture or gaming relentlessly. Thanks for following my journey so far, and hopefully, there’s a whole lot more to come. Thanks for your supporting me and our work!
Born in Florence, Alabama and now residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, R.J. (Rory James) O’Connell joined the Motorsport 101 family in 2016 as a part-time guest host before taking on a more regular role on the podcast at the start of 2017.
A man of many talents, R.J. is an accomplished stage and voice actor, whose work has been featured on a number of independent original and fan-based YouTube series and video games.
He has been a motorsport contributor for RaceDepartment and PaddockScout, and now operates Super GT World, an online blog covering the Super GT series of Japan with news, analysis, and commentary.
Away from the world of motorsport, R.J. is an avid pro wrestling fan, a devoted supporter of the NHL’s Nashville Predators, an outspoken advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, and plays way too many video games.
Louis is a new addition, hosting #BikeLive originally on Downforce Radio, covering MotoGP, Superbikes and Speedway since 2014. He’s a brilliant host and a fantastic addition. And to be honest, anyone mad enough to support Hull City deserves all the praise in the world.
Another aspiring journalist from New York, Ryan in his final year of doing a Political Science major at University. He’s an avid F1 historian, and has produced Podcasts before, such as “F1nish Line” with former YouTube personality AthleekVG, and “The Scrutineer”, on his own website, Formuletta.