By Miano Muchiri
A circuit constructed with excellence is where I found myself settled for a weekend of Formula 1 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
It all began with shoulder running-out lane walks with the world’s luminaries where be bonded during exclusive track tours.
For any motorsport fan, the true Formula 1 experience happens when you meet a former World Champion. As we walked alongside of the track, from nowhere, the 2016 Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg walked alongside me, and with no hesitation I asked for a selfie – a photograph that marks the pinnacle of any dream experience.
I thought that meeting Rosberg was the highlight of my F1 experience until I found out a bunch of us on the Johnnie Walker experience were featured on his YouTube Vlog. A Sam Smith finale concert in the Ferrari World topped it all off.
Finally, on race day where drama unfolded inches from the pit wall, superstar Will Smith sat only a row behind us, which left me speechless to be honest.
An “experience of a lifetime” doesn’t even begin to put everything into perspective. It was a dream come true.
A Dream Come True
Often, dreams begin with a simple action that carries the purest of hopes. In this case, the Johnnie Walker Experience started with a scratch of a bottle for Sam Wahu, a taxi driver from Juja, Kenya.
Sam ended-up winning an all-expenses paid trip to watch Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The taxi driver opted to bring his sister for the trip of a lifetime, where they both enjoyed all-access to the Paddock Club.
The brother and sister had never traveled out of Kenya before, and this sibling trip to one of the most glamorous stages in motor-sport was a dream come true.
“This is amazing, I didn’t believe it was true in the beginning but now that I am here, I can see the Johnnie Walker Experience is real!” Sam shared.
Surreal, dreamy, and life-changing are all ways of describing the Johnnie Walker Experience. The moral of the story is to always keep trying, keep dreaming, and most importantly, Keep Walking.