A Short Tribute to the “late great” Ayrton Senna: Life at the Limit

September 15, 2010
 
A very young “author/driver (aspiring)/dreamer “with his boyhood hero, Stirling Moss
East London, South Africa (1961)
 
 

Article Title: ‘Life at the Limit’: A Tribute (Short) to the “Late Great” Ayrton Senna

Submitted by Craig Lock
Key Words: Motor racing, Ayrton Senna,, sport, elite performance, champion, champions, Formula 1, great racing drivers, racing drivers, champion drivers, Grand Prix drivers, Grand Prix champions, Formula One champions/drivers, mind, mind-power, “the zone”, success, success principles,
achievement , excellence (enough there now, craig!)

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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A SHORT “TRIBUTE” TO AYRTON SENNA:
LIFE AT THE LIMIT

Submitter’s Note:
Craig is currently “working” on a new manuscript, a “real labour of love” titled ‘INSIDE THE MIND OF A GRAND PRIX CHAMPION’, where we’ll take a look inside the head, the “top two inches” of the very best, the fastest racing driver ever on planet earth.

This short extract forms part of a new manuscript titled ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ , which he’s currently writing.
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INTRODUCTION

“Allow me to let you in to a little secret. All Formula One drivers are pretty much identical. Occasionally you get one — like Ayrton Senna — who’s 0.1 per cent better than the rest, but mostly they all have the same ability. I mean it! “

- the opinion of Jeremy Clarkson (from ‘Top Gear’) on Grand Prix drivers

And Stan’s opinion…
“On the whole I agree with Clarkson – they are all pretty much the same talent wise. However, there are a few who are not only very quick, but are also able to ‘manage’ the car over the length of a race – looking after tyres, not over-stressing the engine and gearbox and so on. Then there are a few who are absolutely rubbish at that – the engine breakers and tyre shredders. So, if you put them all in the same car and asked them to do a quick lap, they’d all be within 0.1 of each other; but over the course of an F1 race the smoother drivers would rise to the top. That’s the thing with Senna – he was not only quick, he was very good at managing the car. You rarely saw him at the ragged edge, he never missed an apex (apart from that once and that wasn’t his fault) and you rarely saw him lock his brakes.

And my opinion (humble):
I think there can be quite some difference between the drivers on the grid, emphasized by the different wide disparities between the performance of the cars, especially today (some current F1 drivers shouldn’t be there). And a minimal margin of only .01% between drivers and the very best like an Ayrton Senna is most under-rated!

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The great* Brazilian world champion racing driver, Ayton Senna* once said:

* perhaps the greatest ‘racer’ of them all.

“Suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was kind of driving by instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was way over the limit; but still I was able to find even more. It frightened me, because I realised I was well beyond my conscious understanding.” *
- Ayrton Senna

* from ‘FORMULA 1: The Autobiography’
Edited by Gerald Donaldson (and first published in the UK in 2002 by Wedenfeld and Nicolson). Thanks for the great gift, dad.

Senna once said: “I am able to experience God’s presence on earth. God gives me strength and life is a present that God has given to us… and that we are obliged to keep it, to handle it carefully.” Faith needs work, like everything else. It’s about individual self-realisation. Senna’s faith provided him with an armour of self belief.

Ayrton Senna’s relentless search for perfection took him to places where no driver had been before…

“When I am competing against the watch and against other competitors, the feeling of expectation, of getting it done and doing the best I can gives me a kind of power, that some moments when I am driving actually detaches me completely from anything else as I’m doing it…corner after corner, lap after lap. I can give you a true example.

Monte Carlo 1988, the last qualifying session… Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anyone else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. I was like I was in a tunnel.Not only the tunnel under the hotel, but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit, but still able to find even more.”

‘This sort of thing happens to people at a very high level of mental and physical activity, where the intellect and the body combine and it becomes hard to say who is pulling the strings.’ #

# Sourced from ‘The Death of Ayrton Senna’ by Richard Williams (Publisher Viking, Part of the Penguin Group, first published 1995)

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A few final vital words to conclude…

“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 the limits of their own possibilities.

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 balance…and to relish the proximity of the void.”
-fine writing from The Times, London

True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) when required, something very special inside themselves. If YOU set your heart on it, you can test, challenge and surpass your own “perceived limits” and YOU too can became a champion!

Reach for the stars and discover the champion of life in YOU through playing your own brand of music on the magical journey of life.

Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer + totally unmusical motor racing fanatic and passionate petrol-head”)

“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, purpose, desire and passion. True champions LIVE the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
- craig

PS:
I see that recently Ayrton Senna was voted the best Grand Prix driver of all time by over 200 past and current drivers in Autosport magazine)

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, rather than attempting nothing and succeed.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

“Some people see things as they are and say ‘why?’. I see the dreams that never were and say ‘why not?’”
- Bobby Kennedy

“Our talents are our gifts from God…
but what we do with our talents are our gifts TO God.”

About the submitter:
Craig is a motor racing “fanatic” ( a “passionate petrol-head”), who believes in (and loves) helping others to find their passions and gifts… through encouraging people to reach out for, then accomplish their “wildest” dreams. He truly believes people can overcome obstacles, rise to any occasion, and accomplish their dreams, even ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’ in life with enough FAITH and PERSISTENCE.
http://www.craiglockbooks.com www.webng/writernz and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on motor racing) are available at:

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

The submitter’s motor racing blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://grandprixdriver.wordpress.com

(Obsessive …or WHAT!!)

PPS

The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”
- craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

For dearest dad and ‘pal’, another ‘champion’ – see the dream never died. It’s just taken another course!

“Sometimes you have to give up the life you had planned… in order to live the life you were meant to live.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS
“Ayrton, we cannot, we are not privileged to see you display your marvellous skills any longer, but you have reached, and are now standing on the highest podium there is.”

Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMA1eYdLZLM

Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhAghiP-5Fk

“Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

craig 11/11

from The Chequered Flag
Available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/THE-CHEQUERED-FLAG-GREATEST-ebook/dp/B0064R6D36

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and so become ‘ever more champions of life’.”

“You think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”

November 22, 2014

craiglock:

thanks for the inspiration, Ayrton
Your immense spirit lives on through your words of wisdom
c

PPS
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

Originally posted on Kiwis Can Fly:

Eagle

Click on  http://vimeo.com/10040332

Enjoy

from http://www.ayrtonsennadasilva.wordpress.com and http://www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
Golden Dawn Publishing
PPS
Determination breeds (builds) innovation.”
Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
- Einstein

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Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell (from “Motivational and Inspirational Self Help Books”)

November 21, 2014

Live Your Dream through overcoming Obstacles and Never Ever Quit!

November 20, 2014

Originally posted on The Formula One Mind:

https://beyondthezonespirit.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/live-your-dream-through-overcoming-obstacles-and-never-ever-quit/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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“You think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further…”

November 19, 2014

Originally posted on Sunrise Technologies ("Beyond Boundaries"):

Eagle

“You think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”

-Ayrton Senna

http://kiwiswhodaredtodream.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/you-think-you-have-a-limit-and-so-you-touch-this-limit-something-happens-and-you-suddenly-can-go-a-little-bit-further-with-your-mind-power-your-determination-your-instinct-and-the-exper/

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“I see the human being as an incredible machine, totally undiscovered in many ways. Every one of us has a hidden tank of energy that comes out when it is needed.”

November 17, 2014

Originally posted on Sharing some Information and Thoughts on Head and Brain Injury:

- Alex Zanardi
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
Fathers Love Letter

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“Most of us can’t do great things, but we can all do ‘the little things’ in a great way.”

November 11, 2014

Originally posted on Craig's Quotes : Just Sharing Some Thoughts:

weight-lifting-brain

“Most of us can’t do great things, but we can all do ‘the little things’ in a great way.”

- anon

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
Wainui-Beach-photo-by-Dave-Beard
Picture of magnificent Wainui Beach, East Coast, New Zealand by Dave Beard

PPS

Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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The Boy In The Yellow Helmet: The Legend of Ayrton Senna

November 2, 2014

Originally posted on Ayrton Senna: A Tribute to a Champion of Champions:

The Boy In The Yellow Helmet: The Legend of Ayrton Senna 

Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix champion

Ayrton Senna -  The Legend (from ‘The Grand Prize”)

“The characters seem to represent the virtues and the resilience of the little people, a story (or stories) to which we can all relate. In essence it’s about hope and faith: a tale (and tales) of the unquenchable spirit of tenacity in battling on, no matter what are our circumstances. And then eventually finding a way, a pathway to overcome personal adversity and to ultimately succeed in glorious triumph.”

- anon

from http://www.amazon.com/White-Helmet-helmets-Coloured-Helmets-ebook/dp/B00OS7H9NM/

Well, that’s the “high/lofty” aim of my “little” book!

from http://www.amazon.com/White-Helmet-helmets-Coloured-Helmets-ebook/dp/B00OS7H9NM/

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Senna

From: http://www.femail.com.au/senna.htm

Cast: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams
Director: Asif Kapadia
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Sport

Synopsis: It was June 1984, a Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix. As the heavens unleashed a torrential downpour, one of the greatest line-ups in motor racing history took to the track. No fewer than six current or future World Champions vied for the race that day, including recent World Champion Keke Rosberg; a stoic, fearless Englishman called Nigel Mansell; Austrian double World Champion Niki Lauda; the flamboyant double World Champion Nelson Piquet; and the man dubbed ‘The Professor’, Frenchman Alain Prost, who was on the cusp of being regarded by many at the time as the most complete driver ever. In 13th position on the grid meanwhile, attracting little interest in his un-fancied Toleman car, was…

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“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, purpose, desire and passion. True champions LIVE the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”

October 23, 2014

Originally posted on Craig's Quotes : Just Sharing Some Thoughts:

Aiton senna

http://grandprixdrivermyblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/the-traits-qualities-of-a-true-champion-from-the-winning-mind-the-winning-edge-and-endless-possibilities-far-and-great-horizons-4/

“A champion is not a title, but a set of qualities: Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – an inner flame that burns brightly…with dedication, purpose, desire and passion. True champions LIVE the dream, the vision of who and what they can one day become…. even a long time before it happens.”
– c
from http://www.ayrtonsennadasilva.wordpress.com and http://www.youcanbeachampion.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people we can encourage, impact, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

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SENNA KNEW WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING

October 22, 2014

Originally posted on Ayrton Senna: A Tribute to a Champion of Champions:

SENNA KNEW WINNING ISN’T EVERYTHING

From: http://www.grandprix.com/ft/ft22800.html

and The White Helmet  and The Boy in the Yellow Helmet 

Senna loved winning too, of course: he was obsessed by it as

champions are. But what separates him is that he came to realise there was more to life – and that is why people are making films about him today. He had the visionary mystique to know in a world of plenty you do not have to have ‘have-nots’ to have ‘haves’.

His trainer Josef Leberer told me: “During my first year with Ayrton we were driving through Sao Paulo when we saw a favela and I asked how he felt when he saw these people. He said it was very hard for him and it hurt a lot, but that you have to be powerful to effect any real change and he was not there yet.

“He was already doing…

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The Mind * of a Great Racing Driver

October 9, 2014

Originally posted on Ayrton Senna: A Tribute to a Champion of Champions:

http://grandprixchampion.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/the-mind-of-a-great-racing-driver-4/

* the last unexplored frontier”

“The empires of the future are the empires of the human mind”

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people we can encourage, impact, empower, support, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials… and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

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