It was never a dream, like playing music on the radio. Even though I’ve always loved cars and had a few fast ones over the years; it was the BMW that really got me interested in racing. Remember when I said, in Chapter 32, how exhilarating skiing was? Racing is better. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Drive at 9/10s you lose, drive at 11/10s you crash. My theory of road racing. A little luck is beneficial, too.
Racing is all about risk. But it’s more than just life and limb. Road racing can exact a toll on your finances and family. Careers are launched and in the blink of an eye; years, decades, a lifetime of preparation can come apart in one split second decision. (partially from Road & Track.)
It’s much more than going fast around a track, having fun. You are in a fight as soon as the green flag drops. If you’re not competitive or fast enough, you will be Black Flagged and disqualified.
Pictures worth how many words?
I didn’t have a radio in my racecar for playing music, but Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg–TLC, I Will Always Love You-Whitney Houston was getting plenty of airplay in Northern Calif. Achy Breaky Heart–Billy Ray Cyrus, not one of my favorites.