“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.“– Anaïs Nin
Nin knew about courage. My goodness, did she know. So she saw the effect of courageous behavior, both first- and second-hand many times through her life.
Life expands. Life shrinks. But we’re here for business, and we’re here for expanding business. It takes courage.
Life definitely expanded for Wally Parks, the namesake of the National Hot Rod Association Museum. He was a pioneer, a journalist, and an advocate. He increased the safety of drag racing with incredible effect, mostly by making sure there were safe venues for racing, instead of letting it continue on the streets.
In a macho world, fresh off the loss of thousands in wars, when we accepted drastic loss as a part of living, Wally Parks stood up and made a difference.
It took courage.
And when you go to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, you see how much courage the drivers of these insane vehicles had. They took their life in their hands regularly to push the boundaries. To be faster. To make progress.
And Parks pushed for that progress, safely.
So when we think about courage around here, we think of our old partners at the NHRA. It was our great pleasure to work with them on a beautiful website design that their museum kept for about a decade of existence. The NHRA is all about the courage it takes to make progress.