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The other sides of Motorsport

Photo credit: Humberto Yaakov
Photo credit: Humberto Yaakov

Ever since we start following Motorsport, we all want to drive and take Radillon at 310 Km/h in an F1 car or drive at the forest in Finland in speeds of 200 Km/h in a 380BHP WRC car. But this is something that only a few people in the world can enjoy, so how does the world of Motorsport looks like from a different view? I work now for half a year as the Facebook editor of a local Time attack and Rallycross league in a Motorsport developing country (I am the man with the green Sparco shirt in the picture) and this is what I’ve learned:

The start

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Firstly, like every Motorsport fan, I also wanted to be a racing driver. My dream is one day to be a WRC driver like Sebastien Loeb who is my hero and like every racing driver I started in Karting. Sadly for me, I started at the late age of 13 which was a little bit too late and as I could only afford to drive in mall’s 4 stroke Go karts, I never had any real chance of making a career out of it. I tried to race in Go karts for 3 years and I never had enough money or support to be even slightly competitive (although I did win 2 races, but that was out of almost 40 races and over half of them were somewhat unsuccessful). In that time, I saw more than once that the most successful drivers weren’t always the best ones, but the once who had the most money to train and race. I was also a bit different, while most drivers came with their parents in a luxurious Business car or with a sports car, I arrived at the track by a bus and while most of them arrived with shiny helmets and racing suits, I used a second hand Motorbike helmet and warned racing gloves that I once received. I never really had the chance to compete against them. In the time I was trying to compete though, I posted in Facebook things about Motorsport (mainly Rallying) and volunteered to be a marshal at a local Rally sprint once. Just before I ran out of money to race, I received a message from one of the leading people in Motorsport in my country (the man with the orange Sparco shirt in the first picture) asking if I want to be the editor of a local Rally page. I was a bit surprised that from all the people in the world I was offered that, but I was. I agreed and started to do that as a hobby. I didn’t think for one second back than that 2.5 years later I will be doing it as a job.

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As you can see in the picture, the page I was given is this: and In the page you can see that it is an Israeli page. A country that has almost no Motorsport in it (I”ll explain later why I wrote that). Anyway I posted stuff on this page without any issues. Sometimes I even forgot that this page doesn’t belong to me as I haven’t received any complaints. And after almost 2 years that I was posting stuff on this page I received a phone call from the company that put me as this page’s editor.

Photo credit: Amit Agronov
Photo credit: Amit Agronov

Prior to the phone call, I was asked for my phone number by the man who put me as the editor of the local Facebook page. When I gave him my phone number, I imagined a million situations, but I didn’t imagine for a second what really happened

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And this is what happened. I received a phone call and I was told that the man who gave me the Facebook page 2 years ago said that I was doing an amazing job on it. I was shocked when I heard that because I forgot that I was editing it for someone. I was asked If I wanted to be the editor of the same company’s Time Attack and upcoming Rallycross league and this time as a job rather than a hobby. I off course said yes although in the 30 minute phone call alone I was certain more than once that there is no chance I will receive this job (I didn’t receive it immediately, I had to prove myself by sending some examples of Facebook posts). 3 days later I was told that I received this job and now I am still working in it. And this is what I’ve learned in the past season:

Photo credit: Paz Bar
Photo credit: Paz Bar

Firstly, When I said that I was told that the man who gave me the Rally page said that I was doing an amazing job it’s because It wasn’t him who told it to me. I was told that he said it by the woman in the orange sweatshirt in the picture (I am with the black Sparco Sweatshirt) and I worked mainly with her. And I realized that my job wasn’t as easy as I thought it may be, although editing and posting sounds easy, there were times I found myself awake until 2:00 AM trying to find materials to write on. I also learned that you need to have the ability to do more than one thing (before I started working there I thought that the three skills I have, Motorsport knowledge, writing on the Internet and saying on what day of the week people were born by their birth date) is all I have, I understood that I needed to be able to do other things as well and that wasn’t easy as it may sound. And as I was interviewing and picturing the drivers, I had to find the courage to turn to them and ask them to be photographed and interviewed.

There are surprises and things you wouldn't expect

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The interviews meant that I needed to write questions and have enough courage to ask them. And when I did my first interview I thought that I would have a heart attack in the middle of it (it’s not a professional interview, but it still frightened me). Also, 2 days before the interview, I wasn’t sure if I”ll be able to arrive at the race as I vomited 5 times on the floor. And before I did the first interviews I was frightened and my employer told me that I”ll do a practice interview on one of the drivers. That didn’t happen, and instead I was told to gather the drivers near the interviewing camera as I thought there would be someone else who would interview them. When all the drivers arrived I was told that I should interview them. I had no choice and I interviewed them and surprisingly, they were good (although when I saw them I wanted to jump from the window). I didn’t miss a word or anything like it. Surprisingly, some time after the race, it turned out that there was a problem with the Microphone and that the man who recorded the interviews didn’t do that well and out of the 10 interviews that were done by me and someone else that race just 4 were in a condition that allowed them to be posted. which meant that I had to think of something new to do instead of what I thought I would do. There were things I knew only on the race day and there were things I never thought would happen (my employer for example flew abroad on one of the races and I knew it less than a week before the race which forced me to change my plans and I realized at 5:00 AM that a Taxi came to pick me up and not the people I work for that was what I expected).

You need to understand today's world

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Although I am a part of the Z generation, I never really liked or understood the world today( and there are things I still don’t understand and I don’t really want to). I understand it better off course than my 88 years old grandma, but I don’t understand it very well in comparison to someone around my age (and even people who are older than me). When I was told that the camera in my phone took awful pictures or that low quality images can’t be uploaded I was shocked because I didn’t knew that picture quality mattered. Once I was told that I pictured something ugly because I didn’t picture it straightly and when I was told that I need to upload stories and not posts because more people look at it. These are things that happened in the last few years that I never knew and probably it will change in the next few years as well and as a result, you need to understand the world today (luckily my employer explained this things to me, but I had a bit of luck that maybe not everyone would have)

So, if Motorsport runs in your blood, does it worth doing such a thing?

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Definetely!!! If Motorsport is your main love, it doesn’t matter how you are involved in it. Whether it is as a driver, marshal or just posting stuff on the internet it makes me smile. And remember I wrote earlier that Israel has almost no Motorsport in it? it started to develop only in the last year and as I was a part of it in the last half a year and I worked in the races, I will be able to say when the Motorsport culture in Israel would be like anywhere else in the world, that I helped it to get to where it did. Yes, I did something very small, I didn’t organize the races, I didn’t build the track or helped drivers to enter races. But thanks to me, even if slightly, there is Motorsport in my country. And this is a good enough reason for me that no matter how much I am gonna suffer, I”ll want to wake up tomorrow. When you can say that it’s thanks to you that Rallycross events are back in Israel for the first time in almost 30 years, even if your part in it is very small, it makes you happy. And although there were many problems in the races, I enjoyed every second of them, even when everything wasn’t always as I hoped or when there were issues (if one of my employer’s reads this, I bought a new phone that would work without any problems). And if you have an opportunity to get involved in Motorsport, grab it with both hands, no matter what your rule would be. You”ll enjoy it (In the picture I am with the green Sparco shirt). If you want to know who do I work for, these are the pages that I am editing.
Sparco Israel: https://www.facebook.com/SparcoIsrael/
Cadillac Time attack league: https://www.facebook.com/CadillacTimeAttack/?epa=SEARCH_BOX