Sound Of Honda
A car race sans car with Ayrton Senna from 1989.
Honda recently set this up at their Suzuka race track in Japan. Through lights, audio, and some fancy-pants computer work they reenacted Senna’s record breaking Japanese F1 Grand Prix qualifying lap from 1989. And it’s pretty damn cool. The reactions of the fans — the expressions on their faces capture the experience better than I could ever write it for you.
I know a lot of Brazilians who are going to love this. I sent it to one of my good friends from São Paulo earlier today and he lost it. Ayrton Senna was and still remains an icon for many.
A little back-story for those unfamiliar: Ayrton Senna was a champion F1 driver from São Paulo, Brazil, back in the ’80s and early ’90s. His career and life ended after a tragic accident during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix race in Italy. He was the pride of Brazil for many years and the tragedy affected the country tremendously.
Even if you’re not really into car racing, like myself, you really should check out the award-winning documentary, Senna. It’s definitely sad, but the man lived an interesting life and was an inspiration to many. It’s still streaming on Netflix as I write this, so if you have that luxury I’d give it a go.
I recommend watching the following video full screen and turning your volume down a bit.