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‘Senna’ Biopic Website Lists Dates And Cities 5
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ayrton Senna, Events, F1, Kurt, Motorsport, Movies, Senna on 08 5th, 2011

Image courtesy of Producers Distribution Agency

Ayrton Senna da Silva died on May 1, 1994, when his Williams Renault left the track and hit a concrete barrier at the Tamburello corner during the San Marino Grand Prix. Officially, the accident happened when Senna’s car, on cold tires and a full fuel load, bottomed out and momentarily lost traction. Although the car left the track at almost 190 miles per hour, Senna had slowed the car down to 135 just before the moment of impact, and his Williams hit at what appeared to be a glancing blow.

If you’ve seen the crash, it strikes you as unremarkable; many drivers have walked away from far worse impacts. For Senna, it was not to be; the Brazilian driver, who many consider to be the greatest F1 driver of all time, was killed by blunt force trauma from the impact of the right front wheel against his helmet, coupled with two penetrating head wounds from suspension uprights. If Senna was a legend during his career, he’d become the closest thing to racing’s patron saint after his death.

Trying to capture the essence of a personality like Senna’s is near impossible. Those close to him considered Senna to be almost a force of nature, not just another headstrong athlete. He was a driver that physically could not accept losing, and his battles with other stars of the era (especially Alain Prost) are the stuff of legend.

“He never wanted to beat me,“ Prost said of Senna, “he wanted to humiliate me. He wanted to show the people he was much better.”

Of their on-track rivalry, Senna had a different perspective, saying, “All drivers go for their limits. My limits are different from Prost’s.”

If you ever saw Senna race, chances are you’ll do everything in your power to see his biopic, “Senna,” now in limited release nationwide. If you never saw the complete mastery that Senna displayed on a wet racetrack, or his utter indifference towards anything but crossing the finish line first, the movie is a look into an era of Grand Prix racing that’s come and gone. Today’s drivers have talent, but Senna was the last of the Formula One giants, who put everything on the line each and every time they strapped into a race car.

For dates, showtimes and cities, check out the official “Senna” website.



‘Senna’ Biopic Website Lists Dates And Cities 5
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ayrton Senna, Events, F1, Kurt, Motorsport, Movies, Senna on 08 5th, 2011

Image courtesy of Producers Distribution Agency

Ayrton Senna da Silva died on May 1, 1994, when his Williams Renault left the track and hit a concrete barrier at the Tamburello corner during the San Marino Grand Prix. Officially, the accident happened when Senna’s car, on cold tires and a full fuel load, bottomed out and momentarily lost traction. Although the car left the track at almost 190 miles per hour, Senna had slowed the car down to 135 just before the moment of impact, and his Williams hit at what appeared to be a glancing blow.

If you’ve seen the crash, it strikes you as unremarkable; many drivers have walked away from far worse impacts. For Senna, it was not to be; the Brazilian driver, who many consider to be the greatest F1 driver of all time, was killed by blunt force trauma from the impact of the right front wheel against his helmet, coupled with two penetrating head wounds from suspension uprights. If Senna was a legend during his career, he’d become the closest thing to racing’s patron saint after his death.

Trying to capture the essence of a personality like Senna’s is near impossible. Those close to him considered Senna to be almost a force of nature, not just another headstrong athlete. He was a driver that physically could not accept losing, and his battles with other stars of the era (especially Alain Prost) are the stuff of legend.

“He never wanted to beat me,“ Prost said of Senna, “he wanted to humiliate me. He wanted to show the people he was much better.”

Of their on-track rivalry, Senna had a different perspective, saying, “All drivers go for their limits. My limits are different from Prost’s.”

If you ever saw Senna race, chances are you’ll do everything in your power to see his biopic, “Senna,” now in limited release nationwide. If you never saw the complete mastery that Senna displayed on a wet racetrack, or his utter indifference towards anything but crossing the finish line first, the movie is a look into an era of Grand Prix racing that’s come and gone. Today’s drivers have talent, but Senna was the last of the Formula One giants, who put everything on the line each and every time they strapped into a race car.

For dates, showtimes and cities, check out the official “Senna” website.



Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4-6 Up For Auction 4
Aug
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Auctions, Automotive, Ayrton Senna, F1, Kurt, mclaren, News on 08 4th, 2011

Image: Adam Jacobs for Coy's Auctions

The problem with buying a historically significant race car is that your significant other doesn’t always appreciate its value as fine art. You may think that Nigel Mansell’s 1989 Ferrari F640 goes great in your family room, but I suspect your wife will want it relegated to the garage. What if you could blend the best of both worlds, and turn a one-of-a-kind race car into art that everyone (well, almost everyone) could appreciate?

That’s exactly what McLaren did with Ayton Senna’s title-winning 1991 McLaren MP4-6. Rather than leaving the car intact, McLaren disassembled the car and gave it to artist Jay Burridge, whose treatment will be familiar to anyone who’s ever assembled a plastic model kit. Yes, a lot of components are missing, such as the engine, monocoque, seat, steering wheel, instruments, wheels, tires and the rest of the bits that make a race car, but there’s still enough there to make it historically significant. Besides, it’s sculpture now, so your wife (or husband) can’t possibly complain when you mount it to the wall in the living room or dining room.

If you want to take a chance at owning the MP4-6-turned-wall-art, it will be up for bid at next weekend’s Coy’s Auction at the Nürburgring. It’s expected to go for between $50,000 and $82,000, so be sure that you’ve got the money in the bank before you start phoning in your bids. I don’t have a wall big enough for it, otherwise I’d be selling my organs on the black market to raise cash.

Source: Autoblog







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