THE GRAND PRIX DRIVER
It was one day in the year 1961, whilst driving home after the South African Grand Prix in East London, that the young boy told his father that Jim Clark would one day be the champion driver of the world. The young boy was in a bad mood, because the young Clark had beaten his hero, Stirling Moss. And for the next few years the young South African boy followed the rising Scot star’s ascending career with great interest and pride. So that the new shooting star eventually usurped the place of the now retired old hero, Moss after his near fatal accident at Goodwood, UK…until it too was tragically extinguished in a minor race at Hockenheim, Germany in 1968.
Jim Clark – perhaps the most naturally talented Grand Prix driver of them all??
And that night in the “early sixties”, the young boy lay on his bed and read the race program, over again and again. Then he fell asleep and dreamt, peacefully, blissfully. Perhaps one day… one sunny day…
“If you can dream it, then you can DO it!”
picture from https://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31
THE GRAND PRIX CHAMPION
The Grand Prix driver crossed the finishing line beneath the colourful banner stretching across the width of the oil and rubber smeared tarmac below to win the Monaco Grand Prix in the year that was 2009. Exhausted (both mentally and physically) and saturated with sweat, the champion driver raised his arms, in celebration, glorious triumph, knowing that he had driven his last.. and the best ever race in his long and illustrious career.
As the champion of the world drove under the banner proclaiming ‘Sport for Peace’ and received the chequered flag to the silent roars of the crowd, he also knew that a new chapter in his rather eventful life, yet also his greatest challenge lay in the days ahead.
P.S: To dearest dad, see the dream never died…
it’s just taken another course!
QUESTION FOR THE READER
What happens to the driver? Does the “champion” continue racing … retire (at the very “top of his game, the pinnacle of his chosen sport”)… or perhaps something else???
“Life is what happens in between making other plans.”
– John Lennon
“It is a celebration of a man s unique vision, a vision that reaches out and shines, touching with magic the drama of life across all its limitless horizons.”
“Our talents are our gifts from God; but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”
“Only when you ve been in the deepest valley can a person know what it’s like to stand on the highest peak.”
– inspiring words from “guess who”? It was Richard Nixon, former United States President
“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
– American poet, Langston Hughes
Picture (great) by my old friend John, another “fanatic petrol-head” (but whose “photographic talents” I definitely do not possess!)
“Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more’ champions of their own lives.”
written on 27th September in the year 2010
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and philosopher