Oh, it looks like a slow newsy and Paul being out of ideas for good articles …
Let me help you out here:
Would you rather:
A) … scrub dishes in a Bangladeshi fast-food restaurant at minimum pay for a year and connect with the rich foreign culture on your journey to enlightenment or scrape toe nails for the rest of your life in a Beverly Hills serve at home celebrity pedicure business as an unpaid intern for a year?
B) … regulate traffic as a police officer during rush hour in Timbuktu for a year with pay in free cupcakes or proofread literature class essays of 14 year olds for free for the rest of your life, drive a rusty Volvo and wear corduroy jackets?
C) … read refreshing sim racing related articles on RaceDepartment as a premium member for a year or read completely pie in the sky 12 year old phantasy race car driver fiction for middle aged men from time to time ?
Come on Paul, you can do better than that. I have seen it.
I didn't even get the fingertip excitement to accidentally click on one of the two poll choices but rather spent 5 minutes to type up this drivel here
I have been on a real track with a Ferrari 458 and 488. Not GT3 cars and not in a race. Yeah, it's physical, but I have been an athlete all of my life so getting my ass kicked doing something was no biggie. I have hurtled down mountain passes on a bike at 50mph and also flew dog fights over the desert in prop planes. I get some people think about it and change when they actually do it, but I go into it knowing if it was easy, everyone could do it.Serious question here - how many of you in the "real life - it's a no-brainer" camp have ever actually been on track? Have you experienced a hot cockpit with an engine constantly vibrating your guts? Have you experienced the lurching in your stomach as the car accelerates, decelerates, and turns?
Before I got on track with someone I thought, "Oh, this is going to be awesome!" By the time it was over, I was ready to be stationary for a while. Now I also realize that motion-sickness is very different when you are in control of the vehicle, but it was still a real thing for me.
On the other hand, karting doesn't bother me at all and I thoroughly enjoy it. But that is also relatively low-risk in terms of cost or personal injury. I also enjoy driving my Miata on mountain roads when I have the chance. So maybe it was just not being the driver.
But either way, there is a lot more risk on track. I'd be worried about damaging someone else's car or my own. And I'd be worried about hurting myself and others. I really don't understand how someone can have a massive shunt and then approach the same corner with just as much aggressiveness. But perhaps this is just further proof that I am not cut out for this IRL.
It's interesting to me that so many here are either thrill-seekers or are confident that they are.I have been on a real track with a Ferrari 458 and 488. Not GT3 cars and not in a race. Yeah, it's physical, but I have been an athlete all of my life so getting my ass kicked doing something was no biggie. I have hurtled down mountain passes on a bike at 50mph and also flew dog fights over the desert in prop planes. I get some people think about it and change when they actually do it, but I go into it knowing if it was easy, everyone could do it.
It's interesting to me that so many here are either thrill-seekers or are confident that they are.
I bet I have lower life insurance premiums
Not surprising at all. And I'm glad that people want to do these things, particularly people who volunteer to jump out of airplanes for the military.Is it really so surprising? I always thought sim racing was about seeking the same thrill you'd get from real racing?
Besides, we should applaud thrill seekers, especially the young, who are inundated with soft, mushy messaging day in and day out that results in indecisiveness, ineffectiveness, lack of adventure spirit, and lack of confidence to seek out all the things that make life really worth living.
When I crash hard in Automobilista 2, I can just restart the session with a few clicks or take a break before coming back. In real life, a similar crash will have life altering consequences.I've been on track with folks who are OK at handling their cars. I'm old and not a thrill-seeker. I would much rather be a paid eSports driver. I realize that puts me well in the minority here, but I have to be honest with myself on this.