Fast cars.

We disagree on fast cars. Driving a fast car at a track day on a racing circuit (not irresponsibly on a public road) is one of my greatest joys.

It’s a custom roller coaster ride where you get to decide the radius and change of acceleration in every rise, fall and turn in the track.

It is as scary as you choose to make it. And it could kill you if you mess it up.

Like a good tee shot in golf, you know when you’ve made a great turn on a track with all of your senses – you can hear every bump in the ripple strip pass under your tires, the sound of the engine and transmission, the feel of the wheel in your hands and the gear shift, your back and shoulders against the seat and restraints, the g-force against every cell in your body.

Taking off out of a bend and into a straight is exactly like nailing a bottom turn and racing ahead of the breaking wave.

Good driving is a fluid, graceful dance across weaving lines of centripetal and centrifugal forces, mass and velocity so as to keep the mass of car and driver as balanced between the wheels as possible.

Every make and model of sports car is an expression of a different approach to the challenge of going fast around a track – the variables of weight, balance, acceleration, traction, torque, technology and road feel can be expressed in thousands of ways.

Driving well is damn hard to do and there’s always many people who can do it better than you, but even so, you know in your gut and your heart when you’ve done it better than the time before.

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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