INSIDE THE MIND OF A FORMULA ONE DRIVER
A look into THE MINDSET OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION
Category: Sports & Fitness
» Motor Sports
| Work: Study
Keywords: Ayrton Senna
, Senna Quotes
, Inspirational quotes
, words of empowerment and inspiration
, motor racing
, Formula One
, great Grand Prix drivers
, racing drivers
, champion drivers
, Grand Prix drivers
, Grand Prix champions
, Formula One champions/drivers
, elite performance
, champions (enough there for now
“"The car is an extension of your mind, when you’re really hooked up”
THE MINDSET OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONA look into the "top two inches" of the fastest drivers on planet earth
“A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”
- Steve McQueen in the film ‘Le Mans’ (1971)
"The car is an extension of your mind, when you’re really hooked up”
- The words of Martin Brundle, former F1 driver and Grand Prix commentator
For dearest dad and 'my pal', another 'champion' - see the dream never died... it's just taken another course!
"Sometimes you have to give up the life you had planned... in order to live the life you were really meant to live."
THE GRAND PRIX DRIVER
Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.”
- Ayrton Senna
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. And that night the young boy lay on his bed and read the race program over again and again… then he fell asleep and dreamt in peace. One day…
P.S: To dearest dad, see the dream never died! It's just taken another course!
"Sometimes you have to give up the life you planned, in order to live the life you were meant to live"
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 Richard Nixon, former United States President“Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
– Langston Hughes
* Inside The Mind of a Moto Grand Prix Rider, Valentino Rossi (from ‘Endless Possibilities, New Horizons’)
* Sharing Some Quotes from the "late, great" Ayrton Senna
* The Grand Prix Driver
* Jim Clark: The Most Naturally Gifted Formula One Driver of All Time?
• OVERDRIVE: Formula One In The Zone – A BOOK “REVIEW
• A "Book Review": 'The Death of Ayrton Senna' (by Richard Williams)
• The Mind of a Great Racing Driver: An Interview with Ayrton Senna... perhaps the Fastest and Greatest Grand Prix Racer of Them All!
• Formula One: Sharing Some Quotes by the Great Grand Prix Drivers
This “work” is a “true labour of love”
““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.”
“Together, one mind, 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 life’.”
“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”
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About the Author
I’ve been writing about my passions since 1993.
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at creativekiwis.com/books.html and lulu.com/craiglock (* Hard copies and e-books – fiction and non-fiction: novels on South Africa, self help, personal growth, inspiration, travel, humour and money books).
Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia (briefly) and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. Five published books later (well they turned out to be a vanity publisher and he and his family lost everything, their life savings, including the kitchen sink* - that episode is a book in itself!).
Now many years later, “recovering“, having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life.
Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). Together with his “technowhizz”friend, Bill Rosoman, he was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet and this has developed to new writing and publishing courses we have introduced on our new Creative Kiwis.com website (www.creative kiwis.com)
* that’s a metaphor, btw (“by the way”)
Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality".
One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy.
Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so."
Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True!
The “writer” loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep!
So here goes…
# HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
Craig Lock is an extensive world traveller and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life's savings on airfares. He is still 'sliding down the razor blade of life', stuck on a deserted (other than a few brilliant rugby players) island at the bottom of the world near Antarctica, where he is 'trying to throw a double six' to get off and go out into the real world - but he doesn't know where!
In the style of Bill Bryson, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE tells tales of his hilarious hair-raising adventures in his younger years through 'Grate' Britain and the Continent.
‘’Dropped out in Godzone‘’: Craig Lock's humorous travel book about his adventures in provincial New Zealand... One man and his family - and their experiences "Down Under".
The author and his wife contrast life in colourful, vibrant South Africa with calm and kindly New Zealand - and with large dashes of humour offer much understanding of, and sympathy with the social attitudes of the two worlds.
A new immigrant's impressions of life in provincial New Zealand (after coming from a large city in South Africa) ... and there were one or two rather funny adventures, nay escapades in "Sleepy Hollow" from time to time!
"DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE is an original and agreeable piece of work. The picture it gives of New Zealand- to one who has never been there- has a ring of complete authenticity. The feeling of the country is relaxed, and perhaps rather unstimulating, but we get an overall impression from the writer that he views his time there with some affection, and above all with tolerance."
This book breathes a natural humour and kindliness, which is what gives it the individual character that is so appealing.
Autobiography has a particular value as a literary form. It is a shared kind of writing and I'll continue to bang the drum. It is unusual to encounter two such different manuscripts from the same author. Both (THE END OF THE LINE is the other book) have quality and share an easy and assured writing style that is a pleasure to read. Both of these short books are of first rate quality."
Craig is presently working on his latest novel 'The Awakened Spirit', based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of endless possibilities.
He firmly believes in the motto: "Find what you love doing, then you will never have to do a days work in your life." Craig is certain he has found his niche in life... anyway, what other job would be suitable for him?
PPS: Well there WAS a big earththquake here in "Sleepy Hollow" a few years back with buildings damaged. It made international news (but so tragic about the recent Christchurch quakes)!
Don't worry about the world ending today...
as it's already tomorrow in little scenic and tranquil New Zealand
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