Who would you rather be?

Totally silly but I thought it might be fun.

I suggest two Motorsport related figures and you vote on which one you’d prefer to have been, had you had the choice…

So today I give you:

Ayrton Senna or Paul Newman

  • Ayrton Senna
  • Paul Newman

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1: Senna: Racing god. Immortal. Arguably the GOAT. Pinnacle of the sport in an era when the cars were less fiddly and technical, more dangerous.

  1. Paul Newman: also a god, but a different sort, who got REALLY good at racing despite not being a true pro and having the time to really pursue being as good as he could have been. Also, known for his charitable efforts and generally being a cool dude.

So, would you rather be the goat, or a guy who got really good and appears to have enjoyed a rich and varied career that included racing but was not all-consuming.

Some info:
Newman won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open-wheel IndyCar racing . He was a co-founder of Newman’s Own, a food company from which he donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity.

Ayrton Senna won 41 Formula One races and three world championships before his death in 1994.

Depending on how this goes, I have some others that hit closer to karting, planned. :sunglasses:

I think its cool how diverse Newman’s interests were… Acting, business, driving, etc.

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Yeah. I have a client who was pals with him and his wife. Cool stories. They liked to throw dinner parties and the big salad with his dressing came from that, she tells me. It sounded like he lived a really great life and got to not only get good at racing, but also enjoy the whole team ownership thing, too. If I’m not mistaken, he died of old age, peacefully.

Ayrton, on the other hand was rather more focused in his influence. And his flame was extinguished at a young age. But, Oh, the experience he must have had, the relentless pursuit of being the absolute best and, the talent/ability/drive to become it.