The whole Max Mosley furore over the past few months brings back something Murray Walker said a long time ago. When asked what it was like to be a recognised public face, the veteran TV commentator replied: "You can't do anything you wouldn't be happy to read about in the paper, because if you do, as sure as eggs are eggs, you will!"
At the time there was a bit of a rumpus because Murray had allegedly said that he had driven at 80mph on a motorway when the conditions were appropriate. I think his point was that it was not speed per se that was dangerous, it was inattentive, bad driving.
The do-gooders were rapidly condemning him - a popular man with a public persona and thereby in a position of influence - for not espousing strict adherence to 70mph. Murray, simply by talking common sense, had opened a little can of worms, sparking radio discussions, and on and on.
Murray Walker © LAT
To get Murray's point about inattentive driving, you only need to drive on a German autobahn, where, on certain sections, there is no limit. If you are doing 70mph and somebody in a big S-class Merc is doing 150mph, they catch you pretty darned quick. The consequence is that anybody pulling out into the fast lane uses their mirrors. A lot. Someone resolutely doing 72mph and refusing to move will be punted into Austria.