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Passing, Pain & Purpose (from The Vintagent)

Thursday, April 25, 2019


In top gear and ​foot down firmly. 
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.
He's a long way from Texas.

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.

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 
you're 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.

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