However, that theory can be dumped through the wastegate by another teenage phenomenon. The endurance of a game playing monster or alien hunter. Building empires or thieving grand autos while glued to a flickering fluorescent display in dimly lit bedrooms accompanied by a disembodied soundtrack demands tenacity of a whole different scale.
Perhaps sprinting can capture both those interests. Like hillclimbing, this sporting endeavour comes in short sharp bursts of intense concentration and demands precision driving. One missed gearchange or misjudged braking point and the run is ruined. That demands a different approach. A bit like the 100 metre sprinters at an athletics meet, it's all about mental and physical preparation before approaching the start line.
Unlike 'Dirt Rally' or 'Need for Speed', participants at a sprint motor racing venue are benefitting from fresh air and the chance to chat face to face with like minded individuals and share experiences and stories and near misses. You can't top that.
Despite the distancing measures the crack was good and there was an air of hopeful excitement. By goad, it wis guid to be back. Everybody was very respectful, and masks were worn when folk got too close. Of course it was different. There were only two people per car. No family members or groups of supportive friends, and no spectators.
could be made, not enough new blood being attracted. The sport is well aware of these shortcomings but the means to tackle it remain to be found. Given the enjoyment to be had over the past two days, we really do need to find a way of encouraging folk to participate in the road car classes at autotests, sprints, hillclimbs, trials and navigational rallies. That is surely the first step. And there is the bonus that all of these sporting activities teach new life, and life saving, skills. British roads can be dangerous places these days.
You know what? Maybe some good will come out of this Covid business after all. No handshakes, no hugs, and god forbid, no kissing on both cheeks. Whatever happened to good old British reserve?