Marlon’s Travel log continues...now I am off to the Sentul Circuit near Jakarta, Indonesia, for the next Formula BMW Pacific race as part of the Asian Festival of Speed and after that I travel back to Europe and start my 3 race guest stint in the BMW Europe series in Budapest, Valencia and Spa."
"Between all my activities in Europe I had a few days in Zurich, Switzerland. I was invited to an event of the Gody Naef Fan Club. Racing is supposedly for young people. But check this out:
Gody is Europe's most senior race driver! He is 88 years young and invited me for a ride in his Vintage Amil car. My God he throws that car around...! I had to hold on cause I feared to fall out and - beginners mistake - bruised my elbow on the old timers tires. They are right next to you when you sit in it. Look at the pictures. Gody still races hill climbs in all sorts of cars and I remember watching him a few years ago together with my dad racing up the Alps in a red Chevy Corvette convertible.
Now I am on his website in the 'Friends of Gody' section right next to Peter Sauber. Well if that's not being famous...!
Check out his website @ Go to www.godynaef.ch he is Europe's oldest race driver.
Many thanks also to Hansueli 'Joeggi' Rihs, founder and co-owner of Swiss high tech company Phonak Hearing Systems, also a friend of Gody and the organizer of his fan club.
I had difficulties from the beginning of this year with the ear plugs of my in-helmet team radio. It is crucial for the communication between driver and team during races, like: team to driver: 'careful there is a carabao (water buffalo) crossing the track at turn five, reduce speed!'...joking...I have actually experience goats, dogs and lizzards...specially on the infamous Batangas Racing Circuit near Manila!
Mr. Rihs was kind enough to organize the tailor making of special ear plugs for me that reduce sound clutter but still let you hear vital engine sound. That's very important for a racer! The plugs now also fit snugly into my ears inside the helmet and don't hurt anymore. The team at Phonak did a perfect job producing and fitting the plugs in the short time I stayed in Zurich.
Thanks again to them and special thanks to Joeggi Rihs!
Now I am off to the Sentul Circuit near Jakarta, Indonesia, for the next Formula BMW Pacific race as part of the Asian Festival of Speed and after that I will travel back to Europe and start my 3 race guest stint in the BMW Europe series in Budapest, Valencia and Spa."