Tuesday, March 11, 2008
To fail while daring greatly
During the Rolex Vintage Festival 2007 back at Lime Rock there was a lot of beautiful cars and judged by these before and after photos it was pretty exciting too. I have to tell you that as much as it hurts me to see a photo of a great looking car like this one I applaud the owner. While seeing these cars sit in some car show or doing some parade laps might help some folks get their jollies, it doesn't do a damn thing for me. Just imagine twenty years form now as we listen in to two old guys talk about the days gone by...
Sam Said, "Did I ever tell you about the beautiful GT350 that you could eat off of the undercarriage and the wonderful times we had towing it to car shows?"
George said, "I don't recall that. But did I ever tell you about the GT350 that we used to race every weekend. You sure as hell couldn't eat off of that thing for all the grease and grime. You should have seen that car the day I spun and crashed while doing 120 miles per hour at Lime Rock. Now THAT was beautiful!"
Theodore Roosevelt said, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood. At best, he knows the triumph of high achievement; if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."