The Quail is a gathering of not only wonderful, rare and exotic cars but also the biggest
and sometimes the most famous car enthusiasts. Expect to see Jay Leno roaming the field
and don't be surprised if you run into other automotive T.V. or racing celebrities.
But no one can quite compare to one special guest who was at the center of Alain de
Cadenet's automotive interview series that takes place at Quail each year. This year we
had the privilege and honor to see and speak with the seven-time Formula 1 world
champion Michael Schumacher.
After over 20 minutes of questions from de Cadenet we were next in line. We asked what
advice he would give to young aspiring drivers. He responded:
"Explore the world of motorsport and go with go-karts first. Then you see if the boy, or girl, there is no reason why a girl can't also drive, is motivated and has a passion for it. That is most important, because whatever you do in life you've got to have passion for it."
We then asked if he had an idol in motor racing, which he responded with: "No, actually.
When I was young my idol was actually a soccer player. At that point I wasn't so focused
on becoming a Formula 1 driver. Soccer and Judo was what I was into."
I always doubt myself. Because as soon as you start to think you are better than
everyone else is the moment you lose.
Although our time was up we did take special note of a question he was asked. Asking
the reasoning behind his first retirement, either from lack of speed or self-doubt, Michael
replied, "I always doubt myself. Because as soon as you start to think you are better than
everyone else is the moment you lose."
Being able to be as close as we were to the seven-time world champion was an
experience in itself. And when we had the opportunity to ask him questions we thought
how anything could be better. Well, better it got, because Michael Schumacher himself
autographed a slip of paper out of your author's notebook.
Life goal fulfilled. Check.