This popped up on a facebook post and having watched him race when I was a kid, made me want to go watch it.
There is a point at 46:10 ish where Joanne says, “I saw this kid with his mother and she says, Do you know who that is. Yes, its Paul Newman. But, do you know who he is? Yeah, he’s a famous race car driver.” I am not saying she is talking about me, but growing up around Road Atlanta in that era, it could have easily been me or someone I know. I first knew of him as a Racer and only learned about him as an Actor as I got older. Funny to think my first thought when I saw him on the Big Screen was, I know that guy…he races cars! From the mouths of babes and the innocence of youth.
After watching this, so many memories of growing up around racers comes flooding back and how it was always more about the sport than it was about the fame. Just having the shot or being in the fight had more reward than any fame or fortune could provide. Proving your Might on the Track was the Ultimate Reward!
I know this is not a Karting related post, but I think when it comes to us ultimately being Racers, it hits true to home. It does not matter where you come from, how old your are or what your status in life, when the bug finds you there is no denying it!