January 24, 2021

The World Has Turned, and Left Us Here

Before I get going, this is going to be a think piece about what we do now that damn near all of our motorsports have been cancelled or postponed, not a deep dive on the Weezer song The World Has Turned and Left Me Here. Just letting you know.

In the last 36 hours we’ve gone from being on the cusp of the new F1 and IndyCar seasons, looking forward to the Super Sebring Sports Car Weekend, and champing at the bit for the new Formula Drift season. And now? Well, The Australian GP (and the support VASC race), IndyCar at St. Pete, the IMSA/WEC Super Sebring Weekend, and with the Long Beach GP events have all been cancelled. What are we supposed to do now?

We could just sit around, feeling sorry for ourselves, complaining about things being cancelled over this. We’d feel good for a minute, but nothing would get done in the long run. We could use this time to work on our projects, and get them closer to being done, or maybe even finish them! But then we might not have a place to show them off, or drive them. So all that work, while good in the long run, won’t pay immediate dividends. Then what?

We’re still left wanting for something: something to watch, something to do, something to cheer for. What can we do to fill that hole in our lives? I’ve got an idea. It won’t quite scratch either itch fully, but it’s better than nothing.

We’re gonna play some racing games. Will it scratch the itch of actually driving? No. Will it soothe your desire to cheer for someone? Kinda. It’s something to do, at least. I’ve still got GT Sport, and I’ve since acquired Forza 6 & 7, as well as Horizon 4. Since it’s cheap, I can grab a copy of Project Cars 2 if enough people demand it. I’m not doing Asetto, my PC will explode if I give it a try. I’ll jump on Tuesday nights, and stream on our/my Twitch channel. In the morning I’ll post what game will be played that evening, and remind you to add me on PSN/Xbox Live so we can get some driving in. I’ll rotate games each week, so we won’t get stuck in a rut.

But Michael, I hear you say, I can’t hop on on Tuesdays. What do you expect me to do? It’s very simple: get your own thing going! Keep the home fires burning. Let us know what and when you’re gonna game by sending us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or an old fashioned email; and we’ll make posts on Facebook and Instagram about it to spread the word. The cancellation and postponement of all these races and events its hitting us all, and it sucks. But at least with this, we can kinda scratch that itch.

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Michael Chandler

Director of Photography, writer, man about town and owner of Big Ronda, the Mk3 Toyota Supra project

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