It hardly seems that long, but twenty years ago today, one of the greatest drivers of all time, Ayrton Senna, was killed while leading the San Marino Grand Prix. Millions of fans around the world were stunned that their champion was gone. Senna was more than just a racing driver however, he was a symbol that ignited passion around the world, but nowhere was his impact felt more than in his home country. Brazil was a country with many problems and Senna drew the country together.
To celebrate Senna’s legacy, the folks behind the Gran Tourismo franchise have partnered with Instituto Ayrton Senna to further the foundation’s work. Friend of The Garage, Toronto film maker Tamir Moscovici and his team joined the man behind GT, Kazunori Yamauchi as he visited Ayrton’s sister Viviane Senna in Brazil. The cameras follow not only children who are currently benefiting from Senna’s vision, but young adults who are a product of the program.
Film notes On May 1, 1994, Ayrton Senna, 3 time Formula One world champion passed away in a tragic accident leaving his family, fans and nation to morn the loss of the world’s greatest race car driver. In the wake of a nations loss, Ayrton’s sister Viviane Senna, set up the Instituto Ayrton Senna (IAS) to fulfill his longing to help his countrymen.
Ayrton’s Wish, explores Senna’s dream to give the children of Brazil opportunity to realize their own potential, and the new found relationship between Gran Turismo and IAS. More important then Senna’s success behind the wheel, the film speaks to Ayrton’s love for Brazil.
This is not a film about auto racing. It is a film about caring about others, doing something right with one’s own good fortune and passion for the human spirit.