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The question does not express (and answer) Quick response is this: Can car racing be completely safe? And the answer is no, but the author of the book has made the work of his life try.
Quick answer, my inner story like Racing Life-Saver It’s a memory written by Dr. Stephen Olvey, Medical Director of the racing series of the Auto Racing Teams (CART) Championship in the USA from 1979 to 2003. Although still active in Motorsports, Dr. Olvey is also an associate professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Miller Medical School. Throughout his career, Dr. Olvey was one of the first to respond during road accidents and saved the life of F1 Alex Zanardi’s pilot.
Blood not oil
Actually,Quick responsebegins with a breakthrough from Zanardi, thanking Dr. Olvey for doing his job and saving his life in a career in Germany in 2001. That was just one of those bad series of events. A waterfall failure (to use the blink) that had Dr. Olvey and his crew arriving in Zanardi’s car as the wreck continued to slide to a stop.
I remember reading an accident account in the non-sports press at the time. Dr. Olvey described the footprint towards what was left of the car, running through what he thought was oil, falling to his knees, and slipping into the car as he planned it that way. Only then Dr. Olvey realized it wasn’t oil. It was a literal river of Zanardi’s blood, running in a three-foot wide stream across the bench.
Too scary? Then maybe.Quick responseIt’s not the book for you because Dr. Olvey doesn’t deplore his subject. It’s not grunted or anything, and it’s not revealing in all unpleasant details. He’s just a very frank doctor, an emergency in that.
I appreciate that kind of sweet and honesty of doctors. I like it when a doc (or a mechanic or any other professional) tells you, “Well, here’s how it is,” without fudging, if-ing, y-ing, or maybe-ing. That address, for me, means they’re not fucking around. AndQuick responsereads exactly like that. The 300 pages of the book (win or take) are right to the point: that’s how it happened, how it went wrong, how it could have been much worse, and how it fixed.
Despite direct natureQuick responseDr. Olvey is not a bad writer. It is not a Hemingway or a Fitzgerald, but it is much better than you could expect, as good in some places as any motorist journalist would be. While Zanardi handles the preface, Dario Franchitti gets shot in the back word, and Prof. Sid Watkins makes another post-palabra (Watkins was the equivalent Grand Prix of Olvey).
Also mentioned is Dr. Olvey’s predecessor, Dr. Terry Trammell. Trammell is as crazy as Olvey. More notably, Trammell was the guy who reconstructed Rick Mears’ legs after they were totally crushed in Sanair. I still remember seeing the X-rays of Mear’s left leg and the caption asserting, “2 titanium plates, 3 titanium rods, 14 pins and 21 screws.” How can a surgeon even contemplate doing that?
Quick response It’s great if you like racing books but you want something a little different. You will also make a pleasant gift if you have a doctor or paramedic in the family, whether they are fans of the race or not. At the time of this writing,Quick responseThat’s it.available in Amazonboth in hard cover and in paperback. Dr’s memory. Olvey was also made in a documentary with the same name, which isavailable for rent or purchaseon Amazon Prime.
If you want to learn more about the good doctor, listenthis episode of CarsYes. Host Mark Greene sits with Dr. Olvey, who shares more about this career, his first special vehicle and other books he recommends reading.
Tony Borroz, long-time Automoblog writer, has worked on popular driving games as a content expert, as well as working for aerospace companies, software giants, and as a movie stuntman. He lives in the northeast corner of the northwest Pacific.