#F1 Three Kings And A Poet
There are experiences in life that money simply cannot buy. For many of us, each of these experiences are different. We categorize them in different ways, whether it be checking them off our “bucket list” or perhaps a pleasantly unexpected surprise.
Last night, I spent the evening with three extraordinary gentlemen. Each of which from different walks of life and each with a unique story and purpose. I actually wrote this last night (wee hours of this morning) on my way home on the Tube. I suppose public transit does have a purpose after all…
One of these gentlemen is a proper, accredited F1 journalist who is one of the few that attends each race. He is truly in the thick of it all. Over the last few months, he has become a genuine friend. His insight into the sport is priceless. His commitment is relentless, yet as busy as he is, he still makes time for fans and twitter followers and more importantly, for beers with friends.
The second is an F1 twitter legend, whose witty tweets have gained him access to people and places which true F1 fans can only dream of. Apart from his achievements in his professional career and in my opinion, one of the coolest fathers around, he is an absolute marvel and pleasure to listen to. His worldly experiences, quick wit and passion for Motorsports explain why he is adored by tens of thousands of Twitter followers. He is one of those people whose company is appreciated. Not only is acknowledged and respected by those who know within the sport itself, many of them are fans of HIS. I’m surprised he hasn’t been offered a broadcast position. His stories are just as entertaining as he is and he has natural charisma that draws one in.
Finally, a personal hero for me who’s automotive articles in a local publication are nothing short of inspirational for aspiring journalists. Not only does he have a way with words, he can translate emotions and thought in a personal way that give his work a voice. A ten minute conversation with him yesterday taught me many lessons. I look forward to tagging along with him now and then on some of his automotive adventures…especially a track day in his Lotus.
If this post should serve a purpose, it should be to prove that chasing your dreams doesn’t always mean you will catch them, but the journey alone maybe worth the chase.
They say never to meet your heroes. I don’t know who “They” are, but last night, I had a few drinks with some of mine and I had a blast. I can’t wait to do it again. Those of you that follow me on Twitter, know who I am referring to, for the rest of you that might not, here is a photo of the three Kings in question:
From Left to Right: Fake Charlie Whiting (Mark), Peter Cheney and Jordan Irvine
TWITTER: @charlie_whiting, @irvineF1 and @cheneydrive