Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SPEED!


One of the subjects I'm exploring in my new work in motorsports is SPEED.  Why do we like to go fast, just for the fun of it (as opposed to the practical desire of simply wanting to get to our destinations more quickly).  Technology has allowed us to go faster on land, sea, and in the air than people hundreds of years ago likely thought was ever possible.  What makes us "race"?  Where are we going internally, in our minds, that we want to get there before anyone else; what is the value of crossing the finish line first? 

One often hears the expression, "It's not the destination but the journey that is worthwhile."  Is that also true in motor racing?  I think so.  Racers tell me they like the adrenaline rush of the sport, the feel of the car when they have it under control at high speeds.  Professional drivers like pushing themselves and their cars to "the limit."  Some racers like the mental concentration required, the way the sport pushes other thoughts to the side and demands complete focus for them to both be safe and successful.

[MuseThat feeling of going fast.  Why do human beings like it?   Is it a trait common to all humans?  Some of us are afraid of speed, while others seem to crave it.  What does this say about us?]

What do you think?  Come along, and muse with me, eh?

[Photo: Getty Images.]