Gays and Racing

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    Oct 28, 2007 9:17 PM GMT
    My partner is not a Conehead, but he does come from France. In Europe, auto racing is considered practically a sport of kings. I've been to several F1 Gran Prix around the world and other than the vibrations I get in the nuts when the cars go past, I find the whole thing really boring. Because of his love of racing and because of the abundance of auto racing in the U.S., I'm a bit of a car racing widower. F1, NASCAR, IRL, CART, motorcycle racing, truck racing, etc. I just don't get the fascination with watching cars being driven repeatedly around the same circuit. Maybe I'm wrong, but, I don't see that it takes a great deal of athletic prowess to drive a car, even if you're going really fast. Are motor sports really worthy of the name "sports"? Wouldn't life be more interesting if drag racing meant hundred yard dashes run by transvestites?
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    Oct 29, 2007 12:45 AM GMT
    The excitement in car racing has more to do with the adrenaline rush you get with the speed and danger associated with it. The sensations of the wind burying your face, the engine roaring under your ass, and being projected forward so fast you can barely hold back a gasp makes it sportsworthy, if not orgasmic, for many people.
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    Oct 29, 2007 2:16 AM GMT
    Shameless speculation: what if 175,000 people hogged into the track for Michigan International Speedway in tiny Brooklyn wasn't all about the thrilling last-second finishes between Dale Earnhart Jr and Kyle Bush, but instead was all about how secretly excited 175,000 folks got when they got to watch a LIVE 25 car pile up?

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    Oct 29, 2007 3:01 AM GMT
    McGay -

    Have you ever tried getting behind the wheel of a real race car?

    It is definately an experience worth the time.

    Take a look here

    Next time you are looking for a really exceptional present for your partner, suggest that you both go...

    And yes, those drivers really are athletes. It takes a hell of a lot of skill, coordination, exceptional reflexes, and stamina to drive one of those things.


    I gotta tell ya that for the most part I always thought the reason for a car was to get from point a to point b with as little trouble as possible. I always liked playing around under the hood - but more because it was something mechanical, and sometimes a puzzle.

    My company drives Prius's, my favorite car for a long time was a 1974 Bug, I now drive as GS450h most of the time.

    A few years ago a friend convinced me to go to driving school... IT WAS A BLAST.

    A couple years ago I spoiled myself and bought a BMW M6 It's ridiculous, it's silly, nobody needs a car like that. But it is also a barrel of fun to take out every so often.

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    Oct 29, 2007 11:15 AM GMT
    I went to a lot of amateur stock car races as a kid. My dad was a driver of some local celebrity. I think like any live event, people get caught up in the mood of the crowd.
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:08 PM GMT
    Drag racing.
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    Oct 29, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    I've got to admit, I've never really enjoyed nascar racing, but F1, rally, motorcross, those are kinda fun to watch every now and then. What I really prefer is driving I guess I can't explain why people enjoy watching it, but I can tell you it's a definite rush to drive around a course or down a drag strip. One of my jobs is teaching police and professional drivers accident avoidance techniques and some other "fun" driving maneuvers. the job doesn't pay well at all, but it is a BLAST!
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    Oct 30, 2007 6:23 AM GMT
    Despite being from NC originally, I never was a NASCAR fan. Growing up, we had a family friend that was a NASCAR driver (J.D. McDuffie) and we'd have the race on every week to see how he was doing. We were watching live when he crashed and got killed... so at least for me, I find no thrill in watching a 25 car pileup... or even a 1 car crash, for that matter.

    Some years later, I discovered Jeff Gordon, thought he was pretty damn cute and became of fan of his... but still wasn't a fan of NASCAR. I eventually found myself at a race in Rockingham, NC (I was actually on a date... go figure) and was instantly hooked on the adrenaline rush of all those engines revving at the same time. I became a NASCAR fan that day, though I seldom get to a race and I never watch one on TV any more. Its too expensive to go and very boring to watch on TV. icon_rolleyes.gif

    They are athletes, though. As IT pointed out, the stamina, skill, reflexes, coordination and training that goes into being a good driver... and keeping yourself alive... is astounding!