The bright headlamps on the
Ferrari are burning a hole through
the black Belgium night.
The howl of the engine is euphoric.
Trees, concrete walls, and guard rails
whizz past at close to 180 mph on this
country lane that is the famous
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Half the race track is barely lit at best,
yet in the darkness, he sees the
yellow & red curbing ahead, signaling
him that the next corner is approaching.
He flicks the Ferrari left, wide open throttle,
using the curbing on the exit.
Blazing thru the Ardennes forest,
he sees the bright street lights
ahead and knows he is
approaching the final chicane.
Scrubbing off speed,
he flicks left then right.
The Ferrari screams & wails
back up thru the gears.
He holds her in fourth
for a few extra seconds.
Squeezing on the brakes,
the Ferrari barks twice as he
down-shifts to second for the
'La Source' hairpin.
Back on the throttle hard,
he drifts out to the guardrail
then plunges down the hill past the pits.
At the bottom,
the G forces squash him into the seat,
the Ferrari rockets up toward one of the
most famous corners in racing: Eau Rouge.
Nick tells me that there is no place like it,
how it takes trust and commitment.
He tells me the next corner,
known as Raidillon, is even more intense,
that here there is a limit that must be respected.
Saying, "On fresh rubber and with a
light fuel load, it is possible to take it flat.
But not once the tires are worn or if
your on with a full load of fuel.
And "If you get it wrong here, she will punish you"
What started out as liking
one of my photos on Instagram
turned into an interview with Nick Boulle.
It's not every day you get to do a
verbal lap of Spa with a hired gun.
He is handsome, fast and articulate.
Nick races fabulous automobiles at
some of the best circuits in the world.
I know I should hate him but I can't.
His genuineness shines through, telling me
about being a boy and getting
up at 3 am to watch his inspiration
Michael Schumacher, race Formula One.
How he started to race go-karts, F2000
and even bicycles then onto cars.
His struggle for sponsorship
in the early days.
How he almost had to pinch himself
when he was asked to drive at Spa,
were he finished third in his class
in his first effort. Nick laughed with me
that after he set his fastest lap,
at night no less, he was shaking,
not from adrenaline but because he
forgot to shut the air conditioning off
in the Ferrari during a caution period.
( yes - modern race cars
have a/c per the regulations!)
In a moment of realness, he mentions
how he saves his photos and such
because he realizes these moments are finite.
If you would like to keep up with
Quick Nick See : nickboulle.com