Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life is a race..and a journey!

The month of May was an unusual time for a journey. It somehow is not the best time to make a trip in the tropics. It’s a mix of too hot, too humid weather and doses of rainfall, which will make getting around a bit of a hurdle. But then again, if you’re the type with the adventurous spirit in you, May attracts excitement, exploration and betting on lady luck to be on your side. A sort of living on the edge, excites the adventurous; pretty much what defines racing. Which brings me to reflect on what transpired 20 years back in motorsports greatest arena in Italy- May 1 , 1994, to be exact. Excitement is uber high, as this is F1’s defining moment. Yet on that race event, many lives were lost as lady luck wasn't smiling that time - a tragic fate for my idol : Aryton Senna. A charismatic person whose life is a race and his journey in life inspired a lot of people, including me.

Fast-forward May of 2014, I find myself in Macau with my family on a trip, a journey if you may. A Journey to discover what is out there and feed the adventure bug in us. Despite the weather forecast of gloomy rain showers and humid days, we took a chance. Our gamble paid off, as our whole stay wasn't interrupted by any rain, and our journey was worthwhile. Of course that journey wouldn't be complete if we didn't see the Macau Grand Prix Museum. Aryton Senna, made an important mark in this GP, and seeing his F3 car, his race suit and helmet made this May very relevant. The 20th anniversary of the passing of the greatest F1 driver; winning the Macau GP, 30 years ago. 

Actual avenue of the Macau GP: a street held race event. 

Aryton Senna Exhibit 

The other exhibits and dioramas are awesome as well...
...Michael Schumacher's racecar!

 The first to win in the Macau GP, Filipino driver : Dodjie Laurel

 Theodore Racing, the HongKong based motorsport outfit

 First to win the Motorcycle Macau GP, Japanese Hiroshi Hasegawa.


Juanh said...

Friend Komenda, a great joy to return to have hear from you! Beautiful trip to the Museum of Macao. I tell you that I love the Theodore Racing Team! Teddy Yipp was a millionaire lover of racing. Since 1974 the Ensign supported in F1 (that year to Vern Schuppman), then in the GP of Long Beach 1976 to the March of Peterson and Stuck, in 1977 at the Ensing of Tambay (and Regazzonni in Long Beach), 1978 with their own car (Theodore TR1 designed by Tauranac, first with Cheever and then winning the race of champions in England with Rosberg)then the Wolf WR1, 1979 supports to the Ensign N177 and N179 of Daly, 1980 buying Shadow, with the DN11 and DN12, then supports Lammers with Ensign N180, 1981 amount to Southgate with Theodore TY1, 1982 the TY2, 1983 with the Ensign N183 and then disappears from the F1. I always carefully followed the Theodore.
Friend hugs!

Amigo Komenda, una gran alegría volver a tener noticias tuyas! Hermoso viaje al museo de Macao. Te cuento que yo amo al Theodore Racing Team! Teddy Yipp era un millonario amante de las carreras de autos. Desde 1974 apoyó a los Ensign en F1 (ese año a Vern Schuppman), luego en el GP de Long Beach 1976 a los March de Peterson y Stuck, en 1977 al Ensing de Tambay (y a Regazzonni en Long Beach), 1978 con auto propio (Theodore TR1 diseñado por Tauranac, primero con Cheever y luego ganando con Rosberg la Carrera de los Campeones en Inglaterra), luego el Wolf WR1, 1979 apoya al Ensign N177 y N179 de Daly, 1980 comprando Shadow con los DN11 y DN12, luego apoya a Lammers con el Ensign N180, 1981 suma a Southgate con el Theodore TY1, 1982 el TY2, 1983 con los Ensign N183 y luego desaparece de la F1. Siempre seguí atentamente al Theodore.
Abrazos amigo!

komenda said...

Saludos Juan! Es un placer escuchar de usted otra vez también. Me alegra saber que te gusta Theodore Racing del señor Yip :) de hecho una experiencia maravillosa para ver estos coches de carreras preciosos. Saludos amigo! Erwin

Gaucho Man said...

hey! wellcome back, it is so good to find you alive again.
what a moment!
very nice experience and wonderful photos.
thanks for sharing.

komenda said...

Hi Gaucho, happy to hear from you :) yes I'm OK and had a great experience. Thanks for the greeting my friend

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

Hi Erwin,

That is a very nice trip you and your family had! :-) its me JDMike from nowhereland hahaha!!
I sold almost all my diecast collection already, haven't pulled down my blog yet, don't know what to do yet.

I'm busy running and biking nowadays, trying to keep fit and active, this bug bit me harder than the diecast fever I had.

Hoping your diecast collection to prosper more, regards to the family! :-)

take care my friend! :-)

komenda said...

Wow JD Mike! Nice to hear from you my friend :) its been a while. I'm trying to trim my diecast as well, concentrating of old vintage stuff little cars. Been active with bicycles too and really into health conscious wise life :) and devoting to family first! I'm happy for you hearing about your new hobby :) do get in touch OK. And please don't take your blog down, continue and post instead bike stuff, what do you think? :)
Be healthy and happy!

JDMike's Diecast Site said...

Hi ERwin,

Yup I won't take down my diecast blog, about the Biking/Running blog It still in the works. :-) I suddenly found 2 black muscle cars (1/64) in some of my boxes and it stung me a little hehe! Maybe I will continue to collect but in 1/64 scale and muscle cars only (detailed) not HWs :-)

I'll let you know when the new blog is up, and maybe we can bike together one of these days :-)

take care! :-)

komenda said...

Great to hear that Mike ;)
I look forward to those updates, it be great to see you post again.
And about biking, Cooool!