Tuesday 23 August 2016

Racing In Your Veins

What is it that motivates men to get behind the wheel of powerful machines to speed down roads at over 100km/h? Many say that the rush that it provides is like no other. Speed empowers people and it is this rush of sheer adrenaline, both psychological and chemical, which can become dangerously addictive.

Chemically, the physical pressure a body undergoes and the potential risks of the situation when going at high speeds causes the brain to recognise the individual as being in danger and react accordingly. It produces adrenaline to aid the fight-or-flight response which people experience in high-stress situations. Endorphins, a natural pain reliever, are also produced in higher quantities, which adds to the ‘high’ a racer might experience.

Psychologically, being in possession of a powerful vehicle is appealing as it represents a measure of superiority. Combined with the highly competitive nature of racing, it becomes a means of proving oneself and emerging with a sense of satisfaction if one wins. This too is highly addictive for the way it changes a person’s perception of themselves relative to those around them.

So it is not surprising that F1 race drivers are idolised and their jobs are highly envied. While the life of an adrenaline junkie is not for everyone, sometimes simply witnessing the sheer amount of power and speed firsthand can inspire a similar ‘high’. This accounts for the large crowds which consistently turn up to watch races live.

The affordable alternative for those less privileged or talented would be to take part in karting which bears many similarities to high-velocity racing and is a much more economical motorsport for the average Joe. Virtually no training or experience is required, although there are age limits for the sake of safety.  

Enjoying an adrenaline high should not be the sole privilege of a few talented drivers or wealthy individuals. Nor should it be a dangerous activity that becomes the domain of social delinquents. A little bit of risk is healthy, perhaps even recommended to spice up a person’s life. Feeling that adrenaline pumping might just be the thing to bring back the spark into and liven up dull lives. The key here, as in all aspects of life, is moderation. One should seize the excitement of racing but not become addicted or reliant on it. The need for speed should not become an overriding factor in everything that you do but instead, be that extra something - to give you bounce in your step, a tentative walk on the wild side if you will.
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