Monday, December 16, 2013

Speeding in Monaco

Recreation, Health, Sports, & Fitness ---

#1 The notorious La Rascasse - a hairpin bend
Aaah! Formula One Racing.  I get goose-bumps from simply thinking about it.  It is one of my favorite spectator sports.  And the great Formula One Brasilian racer, Ayrton Senna, was my hero. He was killed in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand prix.  One of my dreams is to actually watch a Formula One race, but the next best thing happened this past summer.  I got to walk along the track of one of Formula One's most famous circuit - the Circuit de Monaco.  It was on that same circuit that Senna won a total of six races - a tremendous feat given that circuit's notoriety as one of the most difficult tracks in the Formula One Championship.  No other driver has been able to surpass Senna's record at Monaco, not even the great German Formula One racer, Michael Schumacher.  For three days every year in the Month of May, the streets of the Principality of Monaco is miraculously transformed from a thorough-fare teeming with tourists and regular motorists to an arena for mechanical gladiators hurtling around corners and straight-aways at blinding speeds.   As I walked along sections of the circuit, I felt as if I were in heaven; it was an incredible feeling. My thoughts were of Senna, a truly amazing athlete and a terrific young man who lost his life doing that which he loved the most.   
#2 Senna into La Rascasse - 1989 Monaco GP 
#3 La Rascasse (My View)

#4 Brazil's Ayrton Senna, My Hero

#5 Map of Circuit de Monaco

[Photographic Images #1 and #3 by Ric Couchman]

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