The Basics of Racing
Lesson 10: Racing is Life

By November 17, 2008 4 Comments

For my final BLOG, in this “Basics of Racing” series, I thought I’d simply share a couple of quotes, from two men who have influenced my life. Two men who were passionate about life and about being fast. And, I’ve included a YouTube movie clip for each. My two heroes come from two very different backgrounds. And from two different points in time. But they both do a pretty good job articulating my personal views on life, business, and racing. The first man is Eric Liddell. My Great Grandfather, Karl Vingren, a missionary from Sweden, worked with him in China. Most of the world got to know him in the movie “Chariots of Fire”. Known as “The Flying Scotsman”, because of his incredible speed, he made his name as a runner and Scottish Rugby Union star. He went on to win the gold medal, for England, in the Men’s 400 Meter at the 1924 Olympic games in Paris. But his heart and his long-term goals belonged to God. Immediately after the Olympics he went on to realize his true calling of being a Christian Missionary. He served in China for 20 years and died there, in 1945, at the age of 43, from a combination of malnutrition and a brain tumor. On life, spirituality, and running the race, he said: “It’s hard. Requires concentration of will. Energy of soul… I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in their own way… So, where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within.” See video below.

Eric Liddell (“Chariots of Fire”) Watch the segment from 00:37 to 2:28

My other hero is Steve McQueen. In his day he was one of Hollywood’s top actors with many brilliantly played rolls in movies like “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “The great Escape”, and “Papillion”.  He was also a world-class, and very competitive, racecar driver. His movie “Lemans”, which he wrote, directed, and produced, is probably the best racing movie ever made. On life, business, and driving fast, he said: “When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it”… “A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing is important to men who do it well… Racing is life. Anything before, or after, is just waiting.” See video below.

Steve McQueen (“Lemans”) Watch the segment from 00:49 to 2:12

I’ve enjoyed writing this series on the fundamentals of racecar driving. I’ve enjoyed sharing my experience with you. And I’ve enjoyed using racing as a metaphor for branding online businesses. In closing I would just say to you… Go get ‘em. Run your business, and your life, with skill and passion. And, absolutely, have fun. In racing we say “Drive it like you stole it!”.


I’m Larry. On the weekends I’m either driving a race car or teaching someone else how. During the week I’m the Creative Director at Ninthlink. Flag us down. Let us help you find your your correct position in the market place. And get you on a winning track with your online business. Call to action: Let’s get you moving. Email me at: [email protected].

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