Pepe Higdon

Member Since 01 Feb 2010
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In Topic: Zero Degree Racing Team Leader

20 June 2018 - 12:31 PM

What makes the furor surrounding Gabe's banishment so depressing for me is the realization of how difficult it is to bridge generational gaps. I'd guess that the median age of drivers in this league is 50 or more. Is Gabe even half that? The very nature of youth implies a struggle to attain mastery over your faculties and temper. You're not born with impulse control or anger management skills. You learn them by your willingness to charge into a snake-infested swamp in the middle of the night with only a K-bar knife. The very qualities that have always made young men of Gabe's age magnificent soldiers preclude them from being great diplomats. Living in a constant state of Defcon 1 is not an old man's game.

Bo's motto for oAo  is "A league that is about more than 'just' showing up to race." That's obvious to me and my generational cohort. The race takes an hour, but the skills of patience, dedication, teamwork, and courtesy take a lifetime to acquire. Is any of this obvious to a millennial? I wonder, even with a kid as uniquely talented as Gabe is. I don't mean talented on the track, unless you think two finishes in sixteen starts shows promise. No, I mean someone who brings real enthusiasm, humor, and imagination to the table, who speaks better English than half the native-speakers on the forum, and who seems utterly at peace with his hair permanently on fire. He's an incendiary personality, for sure, one who's clearly adept at burning bridges.

I wrote an email to him when this shit first hit the fan, counseling him to step back for a while, calm down, hire a privateer to fill his spot at Spa, and reapply for the second half of the season. Assure Bo that the past is really past. I haven't heard back from him. That doesn't surprise me. I was so much like him at that age that it's positively eerie. I wouldn't have responded to me either. What a shame. I imagine fixing things like this is like GPL: if it were easy, anyone could do it.

In Topic: Driver Re Classifications For 2D Half

17 June 2018 - 05:14 PM

One vote for rotating the remaining tracks in the season.

In Topic: S22 Season Track Suggestions...

09 June 2018 - 06:55 PM

View PostMGL66, on 09 June 2018 - 05:34 PM, said:

I don't. I don't want any part of fantasy tracks.

Agreed. Truth is always more difficult and unbelievable than fiction.

In Topic: Spa

09 June 2018 - 11:36 AM

In the practice before qualifying I nailed a 3:27.67, a PB by more than a second. On my second qualifying lap I managed a 3:29 and then stuffed it hard, hard, hard. It was not the time for doubts, but doubts I was having in abundance. I was never able in two weeks to complete a single 18-lap race until late last night. The words of Jean-Paul Sarti in "Grand Prix" kept dancing in my ears: "I think if any of us imagined --- really imagined --- what it would be like to go into a tree at 150 miles per hour we would probably never get into the cars at all, none of us. So it has always seemed to me that to do something very dangerous requires a certain absence of imagination." I think I've got way too much imagination for this game. I can almost feel my legs splintering when I run straight into the side of a barn.

Like Schotten, Dundrod, and Tandil it seemed obvious to me that doing well here would be a matter not so much of defeating other drivers but of defeating one's own inability to concentrate completely for 60+ minutes. Experience has taught me that the fast guys are going to go fast and they will eventually leave me alone; the slower guys will fall back and eventually leave me alone. All I have to do is to keep it on the track. I did that, eighteen times in a row. I was also the most consistent (but for John who crashed out half-way through). Those impressive statistics come from driving so slowly --- my fastest lap being a laughable 3:34 --- that even if I did go into the weeds, I wouldn't have enough speed to dent a birthday cake. But who cares?  The track map says that there are 21 turns at Spa. I find that a bit odd, since I can count 23 turns where if you make a mistake, we're going to have a memorial service for you next weekend.

Anyway, it was a great day for the Vultures, flying in formation for the second straight weekend.  Five starters (counting the honorary Vulture, Mr. Hutchinson) and five finishers. We're voting to run Spa67 not just every year but three times each season.  :)

In Topic: S22 Season Track Suggestions...

06 June 2018 - 03:35 PM

City tracks give me nightmares, but I liked Birmingham a lot when we did a test run on it last year. It's a car breaker, for sure. I think only a few of us finished. In my three years of oAo it has been my only podium finish.  :)

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