Four Views Of A Secret

From the talented driver/creative Michael Maduske comes “Homeslice: A 3-Sided Story”.

Click the jump for Mr. Bryant’s response.

Yes, he mentioned Compton. Alright, now that we’ve had unintentional hilarity and raw self-absorption, let’s take a moment to clear our heads. Here’s Jaco, playing the piano instead of the bass, and one of the greatest tunes ever written. Have a good day, everyone!

23 Replies to “Four Views Of A Secret”

  1. AvatarNoID

    That song is going to be stuck in my head all day now.

    To be fair, his speed was 99ish going past the wrecker and disabled car, but the differential to the car in front of him didn’t seem to be more than a few MPH until he passed the crew.

    This is classic “I screwed up, but here are too many reasons why” by someone who absolutely cannot internalize their failures. It must be explained, excused, minimized to save face and maintain credibility. I’ve struggled (and failed) at this in the past, and as part of my growing into true adulthood and professionalism I make efforts now to provide reasons/context for my failures without falling prey to what Mr. Bryant has done here. “Reasons, not excuses” is what I try to practice now. And believe me, as a person who has basically gone from motorports/performance fanboi to an engineer in the industry, with zero personal experience in the industry aside from reading magazines and watching TV, I’ve made a hell of a lot of mistakes.

    I’m glad Mr. Bryant is in the sport, it seems like he really is in it to further the sport and grow personally as a driver. Part of growing is failing. What stinks about this is that he’s anything but “internalizing” what he did, because he goes through effort after effort to externalize the context, causes, effects, and reactions of the entire ordeal. He can throw around thought-leader buzzwords all he wants, but he isn’t practicing what he’s preaching.

  2. AvatarSteve

    I’d be interested in how you integrate flag awareness into your driver coaching for beginning drivers (not sure how much coaching you are doing, are you still instructing at your NASA weekends?). I ask students to call out flags as soon as they see them, and I’ll pick a corner station that is easy to miss and have them practice using their peripheral vision to verbally mark the corner worker each time they approach the turn. This has mixed results-some drivers pick it up quickly, while others continue to struggle to identify flags as they occur.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I am doing what Ross Bentley calls Sensory Input Sessions to teach better awareness to drivers. A standard thing I do is to ask drivers to count the female flaggers and report that number afterwards.

  3. AvatarE. Bryant

    I can’t speak for Jack, but an instructor once taught me to give a wave to each and every corner station at the start and end of each session, or whenever a flag is displayed. I’m pretty sure that this has little or nothing to do with being sociable, and everything to do with making a habit of looking for each station.

    I’m still unclear as to why Mr. Bryant (once again, no relation) continues to be obsessed with “civil discourse”. If one acts carelessly with deadly consequence, it is not reasonable to expect a party on the receiving end to act in a civil manner. If one wants to participate in civil discourse, start by not acting like a jackass. If you want to receive “empathy and understanding” in a verbal exchange, start by demonstrating empathy and understanding to the safety workers who were endangered by your own interactions.

    I used to get pissed off by cops who, in my opinion, started every traffic stop with the attitude of a power-hungry dickhead. It took me an embarrassing number of years into “adulthood” before coming to an understanding about why it’s not reasonable to expect law enforcement to use polite table manners when discussing my need to demonstrate a John Force impersonation at every stop light. I suspect that Mr. Bryant may be even further behind the curve than I am on this matter.

    • AvatarSteve

      Waving to corner workers on the warmup and cooldown lap is standard procedure at every NASA event I have been to, but many beginning drivers forget as soon as they are neck-deep into a hot lap. Another way of putting this is how do you consistently increase a driver’s mental bandwidth so that he or she can be fully focused on the driving line, feedback from the car, the instructor’s instructions, and the mirrors, yet still be able to recognize when flags are thrown?

    • Avatarscotten

      Ditto. I remember my early driving instructors saying to give a wave to the flaggers to acknowledge the yellow (or red).

    • Avatarsgeffe

      That wave is sort of what I do in the age of “move over”—I always flick on my hazards if I see emergency vehicles off to the side, especially if the traffic is such that I CANNOT move over! Same if I come upon a school bus with red lights flashing—it just lets them know I’ve seen them.

      Is there some sort of control on that harmonica that creates that echo effect, or is that the house sound system doing that?

      • AvatarRonnie Schreiber

        I don’t hear any reverb or delay but Toots Thielemans was among the finest chromatic harmonica players ever, maybe the best at jazz, and he had an outstanding vibrato which is what you may be hearing. That’s done with the throat, diaphram or vocal cavity. He’s playing through a vocal mic that’s likely going directly into the house PA without any effects.

  4. AvatarWidgetsltd

    In SCCA club racing license school we were taught to give a wave to each station at the start & finish of the session, as well as a wave to acknowledge any yellow flags when we see them. In addition, some of the corner workers used to say “no wave, no save.” They were joking…I think.

  5. Avatardejal

    Situations like this will result in hi-tech fixes where there stewards can shut down a car at their pleasure. This is why we can’t have nice things.

    If this guy had run into somebody I’m betting the insurance carrier wouldn’t be the insurance carrier for the organization after paying out. He was also a rent-a-car driver. You can bet the car owner would also be on the poop list.

    3 of the stickers from this guy strategically placed might have reinforced what his responsibilities were

  6. AvatarCJinSD

    He still seems to think that his hurt feelings at being disrespected trump the rights of others to not have their lives put in unnecessary danger. My perspective has not moved in his favor by reading his statement.

  7. Avatardejal

    Not a socially acceptable form of warning in North America, probably Europe wouldn’t like it either. The signs in my link even less so. Sometimes though, brute force, funny or vulgar is the only way to get a point across when all else fails. Personally, I’d appreciate a sign like that.

    When I was in 7th grade I took wood shop. The guy was cool. He stressed safety, safety, safety. We were 7th graders, so sometimes we didn’t pay attention. When he saw something stupid he’d throw about a 6 inch chunk of a 2 X 4 at you when he thought it was safe to do so. Not hard and not at your head. You’d get hit and be the temporary object lesson for everyone else. That was 50 years ago. You’d be arrested for that today.

  8. Avatar-Nate

    What a maroon .

    No wonder every one thinks folks from South Central Los Angeles are all dickheads .

    Now, imagine the fun I have trying to teach teenage Foster boys not to emulate this abject fool .


  9. Avatarhank chinaski

    It reminds me of the boilerplate sorry/not-sorry apology that’s been filtered through legal and marketing after corporate or political malfeasance. “Mistakes were made.”


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