Try this on for size - you just buy a new-to-you racecar and take it to the track to run her. And, as you are letting the car idle and cool down after your last session you hear an unmistakable knocking sound.
You feel your stomach get tight.
You get dizzy.
Yep, you just spun a rod bearing.
What a way to get into racing. So, in the spirit of our series where a lot of people helped me get on track I've been helping another racer get the blown motor out and swap in a new-ish one. Just with refreshed bearings and baffled oil pan.
Somehow, working on others cars is so much more enjoyable. I guess it is that you can just drive away and not have to look at the broken heap.