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Life in the Fast Lane

Atualizado: 28 de set. de 2022

Brands Hatch racing circuit in South East England is all about racers stretching to become winners. John Wells first visit there in 1976 was to see Barry Sheene who eventually became Britain’s twice running World 500cc motorcycle champion. This sealed the deal for his passion towards the fast-growing sport.

John loved his bike. He and a group of biker buddies used to go riding on weekends, often to the race meetings at Silverstone Race Circuit, or Cadwell Park and Mallory Park. As Brands Hatch was closer it was their preference. They even went to see the famous June TT races together. On their second outing John and his mates met Greame Crosby, the New Zealander superstar in the Isle of Man for the TT Races. Crosby won a controversial victory at the 1981 Formula TT race.

After having several cubic capacity Yamaha and Suzuki motorcycles he suffered two serious motorbike accidents, one metal plate in his forearm, an amputated toe, and head injury, he realized the sport was dangerous and he needed to change activities.

You might think this guy was crazy, and you could be right. However, eighteen years later, John returned to motorcycle riding. He took a Suzuki Bandit 600cc for a test ride. Low handlebars put his upper body over the tank which made him realize the vulnerable position. He purchased another Suzuki, but this time around it was a custom cruiser, as in his prudence street type sports bikes like he had had in the past encouraged racing.

As a young man he had been wild while hungry to test his limitations and see how far he could go by aspiring to racers like Barry Sheene or Graeme Crosby. However, after such a run of misfortunes he realized, the next accident could mean losing an arm or a leg, or even his life.

Stretching to improve one’s lust for life in less dire circumstances is coherent with salvation.

Take care!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Prudence (n) = judiciousness, judgment, caution, practicality, discretion, cautiousness, wisdom, calculation

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