It seemed like as good a day as any to launch our website. Just another Thursday or so it seemed, but then technical issues caused some delays and we attempted a second launch a few days ago, but it wasn’t meant to be. But today, TODAY, this is the Thursday we launch. As fate would have it, it appears we are launching on a most auspicious day.
You see, today is the birthday of Formula 1 racing legend, three-time world champion, and a man thought of as the greatest F1 driver of all time. That’s right, we are getting our act together and putting it out on the interwebs for the world to see on the birthday of a man who in Brazil was regarded as a saint and as the sole point of light in an otherwise dark place at a particularly dark time: Ayrton Senna.
I know my dear Brazilian friend Fred feels that Senna was a “Man of Light”. -Jacster Trixter
Along with everyone who supported and cheered us on as we took steps to move our site out of my head and into the world, we also dedicate the launch of AnalogWheels.com to the memory of Senna, who was taken from this earthly sphere at age 34 on May 1, 1994. Like a soldier dying with his boots on and giving his life for his country and people, Senna died in his racing car after a crash into the wall during the San Marino Grand Prix. His life was the hope of the Brazilian people whom he loved and gave so much to. To this day, the Brazilian people hold him in extraordinarily high regard. I know my dear Brazilian friend Fred feels that Senna was a “Man of Light”.
After his tragic passing, his sister helped roll out the Instituto Ayrton Senna foundation which has provided $80M in social programs to help youngsters develop themselves as individuals, citizens, and future contributors to society.
Senna’s Formula 1 championships came in the years 1988, 1990, and 1991. After a brief stint with Toleman in 1984, he moved to Lotus in 1985 and stayed with them until moving to McLaren in 1988. It was with McLaren that he won all of his championships. For his final season, he moved to the Williams team in 1994, replacing arch-rival Alain Prost.
I just think it’s good, and I want you to watch a good movie about an amazing man with an incredible talent. And it involves fast cars. -Jacster Trixter
Out of his 161 F1 starts, he had 65 pole positions, 41 wins and 80 podiums, achieving 610 career points. His first entry was in 1984 at the Brazilian Grand Prix, and his first win was a year later at the Portuguese Grand Prix. His final win was in 1993 at the Australian Grand Prix. He holds the record for 6 wins at Monaco, and is the fifth most winning driver of all time in F1.
That particular rivalry along with a good overview of his career was highlighted in the documentary “Senna” currently available on Netflix. You can also view it on Youtube HERE. I highly recommend watching it if you are a fan of racing of any kind. I thought it was very well done. Full disclosure: I don’t make any money by recommending the movie or from the link. I just think it’s good, and I want you to watch a good movie about an amazing man with an incredible talent. And it involves fast cars. So what could be bad?
Again, we are so pleased, so very very excited to be able to share with you the rolling out of AnalogWheels, and we thank you for being part of our community of car lovers who really and truly love to drive. Together, let’s celebrate the machines, the people who made them, the people who love them, and the experience of where our weird little family may take us.