Inside the Mind of a Grand Prix champion

CLYDE BROLIN  Author of ‘Overdrive; Formula One In The Zone’


Clyde Brolin Q&A

What got you hooked on motor racing?

You can
blame Ayrton Senna for all this. As a teenager, Formula 1 seemed an
impossibly glamorous world capped by this majestic talent. I was captivated
by Senna’s outrageous ability to drive cars and intrigued by his almost
mystical descriptions of life at the limit.

How did you end up working in Formula 1?

I spent
my early twenties writing about every sport under the sun. Having got over my
Senna mourning, I camped out in a car for the 1997 Jerez finale, where
Jacques Villeneuve survived being rammed by Michael Schumacher. That winter I
was working in another field, when I bumped into someone with a contact at a
motorsport magazine publisher. Call it serendipity, fate or pure fluke; but
within months I’d stumbled my way…

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  1. craiglock Says:



    MANY MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT (many thousands already on this blog (and hundreds of thousands on my other blogs – true!). So hope it’s not slowing down your loading speed!)
    Am having to remove many and so sorry can’t reply individually, but DO try to read as many as possible daily
    so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”

    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.

    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”

    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…

    and you may even hit the stars.”

    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,

    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,

    or Beethoven composed music, or

    Shakespeare wrote poetry.

    He should sweep streets so well

    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,

    here lived a great street sweeper

    who did his job well.”

    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –


    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”


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