I was browsing Twitter this evening and saw a link to a motorsport event this coming weekend which immediately caught my eye. In my blog and in my Kindle book I often talk about how you can find amazing opportunities just by looking a little further than the majority and how going the extra mile can often pay the greatest dividends.

It’s hard sometimes to convey what I mean by this but it’s so easy to be blinded by the bright lights of F1 and yet be unable to see you way to the final goal from where you stand at that moment. The target is clear but the route to get there is shrouded in mystery and you barely know where to start. Too many people think only about getting straight to F1 and by doing so you miss a wealth of options to learn and experience motorsport along the way. My older posts on stepping stones and volunteering show you exactly how this works.

Trucks may not be glamourous and may not be what you first think of when you imagine motorsport but trucks have been racing for decades and produce some very spectacular and exciting racing.

  Photo courtesy of Silverstone Circuit

As you can see these are not exactly ordinary trucks and the guys that drive these monstrous machines are as skilled as any single seater or sportscar pilots. The technical features of them are quite amazing, water cooled brakes and hugely powerful 1200bhp engines, around twice that of a Formula 1 car. With support races from Legend cars and pickup trucks there will plenty of machinery to get up close to and see what makes it tick.

http://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/british-racing-trucks/

The best thing about this kind of event however is the accessibility. This is the same circuit, pitlane, paddock and viewing areas that are used during the Grand Prix but here you’ll enjoy the freedom to roam and take it all in. At the GP you’d either need deep pockets or a team paddock pass to get within spitting distance of these places.

There are many people who will turn their noses up at such “slow” and “amateur” racing but they will be the fools who never make any progress in motorsport. The glamour may be far, far away from the Monaco GP but for the bargain price of £15 per adult, and free of charge for children 15 and under you can get full, open paddocks access to the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and get up close to the enthusiasts and professional teams that run these machines in the British and International series.

The best way to learn about racing is to get in there and get involved, speak to people who do it for a living and it does not matter what the series is, the mindset and the attitude is exactly the same. Racers are a tribal bunch and when I speak to someone who has been there and got their hands dirty compared to someone who has only ever been in the stands or watched on television it is immediately obvious. Who knows what you can learn or what contacts you can make at a meeting like this. Small things can build and there could be some fantastic opportunities just waiting there for you but you’ll never know unless you try. Armed with the knowledge and first hand experience you will be a whole lot more credible when you eventually do approach an F1 or other high level motorsport outfit.

F1 it may not be but even the most successful people in F1 started small and this could be your starting point. You might dream of F1 but the smart people spend their time thinking about the journey required to get there rather than daydreaming about the end prize. 

It might be trucks this weekend but there are a whole host of amateur and professional races going on near you. It might be grass tracking, auto test, kart racing or hill climbing but it’s all the same. Get out, get involved and get yourself ahead of the crowds. Go on, what have you got to lose?

2 Comments

  1. Hi ! I’ve been a regular on your website and hats-off to your tips!
    I’m an undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering studying in India right now. ( You may recognise me from my previous posts )
    Well, I was thinking about pursuing my postgraduate studies from USA. Many prestigious universities in the US offer PhD + MS. Is it worth going for a PhD + MS course of four years after my undergraduate ? Because I will be directly pursuing MS without any job exp after my undergraduate ( with the exception of internships etc)

    Thank you and I look forward to your valuable insights

    Aditya
    1. Hi Aditya

      I do recognise you! Welcome back. I do think it’s worth pursuing a postgrad degree overseas, as you’ll see in my previous post. For international students it gives you the opportunity to get to countries that have larger motor sport markets than India and to get approval there.

      As far as UK vs US I’d say the UK was better but then I’m probably biased but only the haas F1 team is in the U.S. and even then much of it is in the UK or in Italy. The choice is yours.

      As far as whether you need a postgrad ignoring the visa side of things, have you read my post on that from last year ?

      http://jobinf1.com/2014/09/13/university-choices-post-graduate-and-masters-courses/

      Best of luck !

      work_in_f1

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