My mum always told me to follow my heart, and, the older I get, the more I can reason with myself in my own head about why that’s such an important message and why I should live my life that way. Hell, that’s why I’m in this job and not off chasing big pay cheques elsewhere. It’s also why I recently made the call to sell my dearly beloved E36 race car, a car that’s consumed my life for the past half decade.
Why the hell am I doing such a thing, you might ask? Well, I can trace the reason back to being five or six years old and being told stories of speedway by my stepdad while looking at his old photo albums and newspaper clippings time and time again. It planted a seed, one that I’ve never managed to kill, made much worse by a drive of an A-grade midget a few years back. More than once, I have gone to build a speedway car and backed out, even just before embarking on the E36 actually. For some reason, I can’t shake the itch, and this time I’m going to damn well scratch that bitch before I’m an old man with ragrets — yes, I spelt it that way on purpose.
If I could’ve kept the BMW till I was older and wiser, I would’ve; there was still a ton that I wanted to do with that car, and it really does mean the world to me, but if I’m going to do this I’m going to have a proper crack and need the shed space. Has it been sad to sell parts off? Yes, but onwards and upwards I say. It’s exciting times ahead as I enter the world of F2 midgets — the second-grade midget class run at Western Springs, one that utilizes production twolitres and A-grade chassis.
Although I have to leave rotaries for a minute, it’ll be a great challenge to try my best to extract some power from a pistion engine, something I’ll admit is a weak point for me. Further more ill be learning how to make it all work on the dirt! I feel that, currently, speedway is a very-good-value motor sport bangfor-buck for seat time and close racing thrills; let’s just hope that I’m not hanging from the fence too much.
So, while that’s what is going on in my world of racing, I wanted to take this opportunity to implore you all to go after anything you want in life with gusto. This life is short — very, very short for some — so if you leave chasing whatever it might be that you want to do until tomorrow … well, that’s a day that’s not promised to anyone, so you might be a day too late!
Stay safe out there this summer, don’t take stupid risks, and make sure that you enjoy the best months of our scene. We have some cool events coming up this summer, and, of course, all the new cars debuting at the nationals, as well as some cool stuff we are locking in for our stand. So, enjoy the festive season and see you all in January — 2019 is going to be an exciting one around here!