No more worlds to coNquer
little bit. Even if they know that doing this
too frequently isn’t for them – too risky,
perhaps – the desire is still there!
I am yet to come across any gearhead
who has made their peace with their own
speed demon. In fact, when was the last
time you heard: “This car would be way
cooler to drive if it went a little slower;
can I have a little less power, please?”
It seems that this all consuming disease
is not only a privilege of the racer; it afflicts
the average guy on the street just as badly.
In my younger days, we’d always be playing
with the carburetors, or whatever, on my
mom’s car to make it go a little quicker. It’s
all about electronics and chips now, because
that’s where the hidden horsepower is, but
it’s the same basic desire. The boy racer is
alive in all of us – whether we care to
acknowledge or listen to him or not…
Of course, finances, age, feelings
of self preservation and many other
considerations get in the way of this basic
desire, and all end up finding their own
balance. But something tells me the
desire is still there. Even if they can’t do
it, can’t experience that speed, for whatever
reason, I’m sure they wish they could.
in fact, I’m sure it isn’t. Ever since someone
strapped an engine to a chassis with four
wheels more than a century ago, everyone
has been trying to go faster.
Perhaps there’s a little of Alexander
the Great in all of us and life loses its
meaning when there are no more worlds
to conquer? Nothing to look forward to. No
faster car to drive, or to admire. No more
barriers to break. No more records to
attain. No more new fears...no more chills
in your stomach...no more absurd feats.
“Faster, higher, stronger” someone said
a long, long while ago.
Speed does matter!
(ABOVE) A desire
to test the limits of
their ability and
racers to seek ever
the Great, they
need new worlds
to conquer. (Cue
RACER ’s illustrator
taking that literally...)