Since 1894, when motor racing's colourful history began with a bang (and a banger!), drivers, racers and lunatics alike have done many stupid and bizarre things all in the name of motor sport. Author Geoff Tibballs has gathered together this absorbing collection of stories from over a century of motor racing around the world, including the Frenchman who drove 25 miles in reverse, the Grand Prix in which the leading drivers were so far ahead that they stopped for a meal in the pits, the Le Mans 24-hour race won by a car patched up with chewing gum, and the driver who drank six bottles of champagne - virtually one per pit-stop - on the way to winning the Indianapolis 500.
GOD, RACING AND WRITING: A NEW BOOK "A/My Holy Trinity"* " "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Your God is a 'petrol-head', but He/She/It does have a sense of humour." - Thoughts of my good micro-biologist and dentist friend, Andy "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." - Franz Kafka There are only three sports: bullfighting, mountain climbing and motor racing; all the rest are merely games." - Ernest Hemingway From www.hemingwaythoughts.wordpress.com "Racing is a metaphor for life itself." "The Zone could simply be a gateway to the divine, one of God's methods of reminding us of His - and our - glorious power. Omnipresence means that power must be everywhere, everytime. Including the racetracks. Including today." - powerful writing from Clyde Brolin in his great book 'Overdrive: Formula One in the Zone' www.overdrivef1.com "Grand Prix racing is primarily a mental contest it's a battle of strength of wills by the combatants and a magnificent contest, the arena to display and share unique gifts and talents. Perhaps in this 'theatre of speed', F1 is a metaphor for life itself" - craig From my blogs www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com and www.godracingandwriting.wordpress.com "People talk about the Zone as a very outward thing, but it's not". It's very spiritual. To me, the Zone is when you're operating at the intuitive level. You're not thinking about it, so it happens naturally. You're at the top of your job. You've got your emotions controlled, your energy is channelled and you're just doing it. That's the Zone. You're just doing it." - British touring car driver (and numerous times World Touring Car Champion) , Andy Priax from Clyde Brolin's fascinating book OVERDRIVE: FORMULA ONE IN THE ZONE) www.overdrivef1.com which inspired me to write this one, my "own one" thanks Clyde "Look across all sport and observe the truly great. All had this zest for combat, this taste for being truly tested. All wished to explore (and even expand*) the limits of their own possibilities. * my words Time after time we are forced to wonder why one great talent succeeds and another still greater talent falls short? The reason is not mere "the will to win". Rather it is the will to be tested at the very highest level. It is the ability to not only dwell on the far edge of sporting possibility, but to hold one's balanceand to relish the proximity of the void." -The Times, London From https://formula1mind.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/look-across-all-sport-and-observe-the-truly-great-all-had-this-zest-for-combat-this-taste-for-being-truly-tested-all-wished-to-explore-and-even-expand-the-limits-of-their-own-possibilities/ THE WILL TO WIN "To drive fearlessly to win is to win another race - the race against fear - (trophies themselves are but symbols to delight old age); To challenge your fellow man in peaceful pursuit Of courage is the epitome of courage; To lose the race with grace is the embodiment of grace itself. To triumph is to achieve glory But glory is empty without the overthrow of fear, the acquisition Of courage, of grace - For the possession of these is the true glory. Good breeding is displayed in the ability to lose well And is primarily engendered by respect: Respect is created by the acknowledgement not of the other man's shortcomings or faults But essentially the acknowledgement of his virtues - For without virtue What is man - be he on the track challenging the fates, Or on a bed of sleep? For dearest dad and 'pal', a 'champion' - see the dream never died! Started today 4th August in the year 2015 and following on from my books Racing and Writing in the Zone and God and Formula 1 *To be continued and added to (as I write). Or perhaps publish another new edition??
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Once a Runner-acclaimed byRunner's World as "the best novel ever written about running"-comes that novel's prequel, the story of a world-class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and '60s on Florida's Gold Coast.
'...I feel at last that I am embracing the present moment of life. I haven't arrived, I'm just resting; resting beside quiet waters that inevitably churn and stir from time to time and turn into strong currents that drag me back into the river of the hectic everyday.' This book takes you on a quest through the chaos of Middle Eastern city life and the drama of a youth-led revolution to endless stretches of desert sand, and Bible places from Mount Sinai to the shores of Galilee. This quest, along life's dusty detours, is in search of oases of all kinds - people, places, and little glimpses of eternity. Lynne's journey involves laughter, tears and raw honesty, and is often one lurch forward and two steps backward, but it has led her to deeper insights into faith and greater reliance on God than she ever imagined. Lynne Chandler lives with her family in Cairo where she serves as music director in the Anglican/Episcopal international church that her husband pastors. She is the author of Embracing a Concrete Desert (BRF, 2010) and her website is www.lifeonthenile.com.