1st may 1994

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AYRTON SENNA DA SILVA ★  [21st March 1960 - 1st May 1994]

By being a racing driver you are under risk all the time. By being a racing driver means you are racing with other people. And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win. And the main motivation to all of us is to compete for victory, it’s not to come 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th. I race to win as long as I feel it’s possible. Sometimes you get it wrong? Sure, it’s impossible to get it right all the time. But I race designed to win, as long as I feel I’m doing it right 

so @gaymilesedgeworth did a list of her favorite documentaries, so I thought I’d do the same for just a few of mine/some recent things I watched and enjoyed, for anyone who likes documentaries!

  • Louis Theroux’s Entire Filmography- I stumbled on Louis’s documentaries by pure accident, but I quickly watched every documentary I could get my hands on. Louis explores everything from demolition derbies, to the Westboro Baptist Church, and the alcoholism epidemic in Britain. His early Weird Weekends are fun, but his more recent things manage to keep his original tone while approaching hard-hitting subjects. Personal favorites of mine include: The Most Hated Family In America, Louis and the Naizs, and Savile. (On YouTube and various other places if you’re willing to do some searching!)
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father- In 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered by his ex-girlfriend, Shirley Turner. One of Andrew’s best friends, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, sets out to make a film in Andrew’s memory, gathering testimonials from places like England all the way to California, but his and Andrew’s family’s world is turned upside down when it’s revealed Turner is pregnant with Andrew’s child. Dear Zachary is a journey, that will never leave you quite the same. (On Youtube!)
  • Senna- Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula 1 driver, who died tragically on May 1st, 1994. Ayrton was, and is, considered to be the greatest driver ever to grace the sport. This documentary follows his racing career, starting with the small-time team Toleman, to McLaren, and eventually Williams, as well as looking into his intense rivalry with Alain Prost. It gives us an insight into Ayrton beyond the legend, showing us a man who loved his family, who loved to race, and lived to be better than any standard he set for himself. (Not on Youtube!)
  • Dying To Be Apart- This follows the story of Ladan and Lahleh Bijani, a set of twins conjoined at the head. The documentary follows Ladan and Lahleh as they prepare for an unprecedented and risky surgery in an effort to separate themselves. Ladan and Lahleh are a joy to watch, their humor is wry and sharp, and you feel their struggle as you realize how being conjoined for two decades has impacted the both of them. (On Youtube on the “Real Stories” channel! Real Stories also just puts out very good documentaries, I recommend them.)
  • The Real Tom Thumb: History’s Smallest Superstar- Gimmicky title aside, The Real Tom Thumb is an interesting look into the life of Charles Sherwood Stratton, AKA General Tom Thumb, the first world-wide superstar of the 19th century, standing at just 31 inches tall. The documentary entails Stratton’s life, his relationship with the showman PT Barnum, and how he was more than just a one-trick pony for people’s amusement. (Real Stories Channel again!)

“Today marks the 20th anniversary of a tragedy, where two Formula One drivers, Ronald Ratzenberger and Aryton Senna, lost their lives within a day of each other on the Imola Circuit in 1994. Although they are too late to bring back, the tragedy led to important reforms on safety in which Formula One is famous for today.”

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LIST OF REASONS TO LOVE AYRTON SENNA ∟ [02/?] - The tribute that didn’t happen 

In the 1st May of 1994 Ayrton Senna had a flag of the Austria in his car. If he had won that race in Imola he would have raised the flag of Austria in tribute to Roland Ratzenberger, an Austrian driver who died one day before. But Ayrton didn’t had the opportunity to make a tribute to Roland, ‘cause he died on that 1st May, and after the people found the Austrian flag in his car.

“There is a great difference between faith and the fear of death or getting hurt. Life is something God gives us and in many cases it depends on us to use our common sense to demonstrate to Him that we understand that health and life are a very important gift that He gives us. It is our responsibility to preserve such an important gift” — Ayrton Senna da Silva. [March 21st, 1960 — May 1st, 1994] #WeMissYouAyrton!

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Gone. But never forgotten!

On 1st May 1994 we lost more than a Formula One driver. We lost Ayrton Senna da Silva. We lost a hero. Two parents lost a son. Two young brazilians lost a brother. Many people lost a friend, and a girl lost her boyfriend. The Brazilian people lost an example, and the world lost a wonderful man. He was just a dreamer. He dreamed with better conditions for poor people, with education for the children and for a world more just. We lost in 1st May 1994, Beco! The silly boy who captivated all of us, nailing something in our hearts.

We lost, and today, we miss him…

Today Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Passing of a Legend

Ayrton Senna da Silva (21 March 1960 – 1 May 1994) was a Brazilian racing driver who won three Formula One world championships. He was killed in an accident while leading the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy on May 1st, 1994. His death helped to usher in new safety standards in racing and because of them, he has remained the last driver fatality in Formula One.

Senna was among the most dominant and successful Formula One drivers of the modern era and is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Ayrton Senna defines what a racing legend is. 

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May 1st 1994: Senna dies

On this day in 1994 the Brazilian racing driver and Formula One champion Ayrton Senna was killed in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix; he was 34 years old. Often considered one of the greatest drivers of all time, Senna won the Formula One World Championships three times. He died hours after his accident during a race when his car left the track and hit a concrete wall at around 145mph. Senna is the last Formula One driver to die during a race, and is still considered one of the greats.

20 years ago today