There’s no two same ways of getting into a hobby. You can share a similarity of your parents or a friend getting you into it but no experience is the same.
Some immediately fall in love with it and some take a bit more time.
I didn’t fall in love with F1 immediately. I’ve said before in a previous post that I actually found it boring. I was only 6 and it was at the height of Schumacher’s dominance so you can forgive me for not being totally enthralled.
My dad inadvertently introduced me to racing.
With 2 sons and a daughter, the dream was always that one of the boys would share his passion but that was not meant to be. Instead, I was the race companion. The curled up figure on the sofa with a slightly too big Ferrari cap, snoozing from lap 6 to lap 50. The twisty voice asking how long there was to go/was the red man still winning.
It’s a familiar story of a parent sharing their interest with their offspring or friends wanting a like minded friend to get involved.
So, for nosey reasons more than anything, I asked my Twitter followers how they got into it. I was actually fairly surprised by the response. Both the fact there were loads and how many shared my experience.
It’s not just friends and family who get you into new hobbies. It’s also through the general power of TV and adverts.
It’s the same with the majority of programs you end up addicted to. You see a nifty ad or you spot a scene whilst channel flicking, think to yourself ‘hmm, that looks like a bit of alright, I’ll have to give that a watch’ and next thing you know, you’re planning your social events around whether or not you’re going to miss your show…or is that just me?
Same thing goes for Formula 1.
As I twisted about on another post/video, FREEVIEW NEEDS TO STAY!
Fans are made via randomly stumbling across the sport, several of those who tweeted back to me became fans after due to channel hopping.
YOU DON’T GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO FIND A SPECIALISED CHANNEL FOR A SPORT YOU DON’T ALREADY WATCH!
But I’m not going to pour more salt into that wound. I’ve already done that. If you want to revisit my rant about it, feel free.
Moral of the story: If you have a friend that kind likes cars, make them watch a race. Pick a good circuit though or you’ll never convert them.
And, FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO KEEP F1 ON FREEVIEW!
Thank you to everyone that got involved and sent me your responses. You helped me to reiterate the point to my own family that introducing your child to something like that at a young age can have a massive impact on their lives.