Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Twelve Hundred Horsepower

Disclaimer:  For Gear-heads Only ...

Those of you who think that Jamie Dimon is the most pompous, arrogant man in the world have obviously never met a modern Formula 1 driver.  I'll not name names at this juncture -- you know who you are.

All this makes all the more special this clip of Ayrton Senna (the greatest ever) accepting an award at an Autosport dinner at the end of the 1991 season in which he won his third World Championship.  What a lovely, humble young man.

Alain Prost, his teammate and arch-rival, once said about Senna that he was so fast because he believed if he died he'd go to heaven.  Or something like that.

Here's something way more fun than the first video.  Top Gear, the BBC show for gear-heads (if you've never seen it ... well, it's indescribable) did a long piece on what would have been Senna's 50th birthday.  Lots of interesting things, but the best bit is around the 11:30 mark, where Lewis Hamilton is giggling like a kid at the prospect of taking Senna's historic 1988 ├╝ber-McLaren for some test laps.

Ayrton Senna Top Gear Tribute from Gintautas Kuzmauskas on Vimeo.

The McLaren MP4/4 in question was likely the most rip-snortingest race car in the history of the world.  Just the sound of the thing when he first lights it up in the garage gave me, your humble correspondent, goosebumps.  They've calmed those cars way down since then.

I wonder if Rush is available on DVD yet.


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