Too good to be true

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you defying the laws of physics? Maybe you’re running across water, flying through clouds, breathing underwater, or skateboarding across rooftops (or is that just me?). And then suddenly you’re in French class and you’ve forgotten your homework. Such is the nature of dreams. Sometimes racing feels like a dream, especially when you’re whizzing by other cars like they’re standing still. But if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is, and if you’re not careful, you might be waking up in a cold sweat. (There is no sound in the upcoming clip)

If everyone around you seems a little too slow, the best case scenario is that you’re a better driver or you have a superior car. Alternatively, it could be that there’s a yellow flag out, oil/debris on track, traffic you can’t see, or you’ve forgotten just how slow the next corner is.

The clip above is from a Sportscar Vintage Race Association (SVRA) race. These are classic, collectable cars that border on fine art. If this can happen in a series like SVRA where drivers are required to go through racing school and the cars are far too nice to wreck, imagine what kind of trouble you can get in when the cars are cheap and the drivers are cheaper.

3 thoughts on “Too good to be true

  1. There have been a few times I felt physics didn’t apply to me. Usually it’s after a number of laps where I am doing OK and up comes that turn again and in my head I’m thinking one of two things: 1. I’ve been acing this turn all day so this time I don’t have to slow down, or 2. today sucks and physics owes me a favor, so Mr Physics, suspend your rules for the next few seconds. So far no screw ups. I woke up, or returned to reality, or whatever, in time and got through, now time thinking, what a weird rationalization. How did I even think that would happen?


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