Ghosting the Street - References
by MRS Jeevas

The protective gear had done its work. He'd been jolted and sickened, as the car turned over three times, but he had physically been kept in place. The Ferrari's framework had subsumed the impact on the tarmac. His helmet and suit had protected him from shards. He hadn't even risked whiplash with the neck-piece restricting his movements, as it had been designed to do. He blessed the memory of Jackie Stewart, for campaigning so hard for safety on race-tracks, that provisions even trickled down to amateurs like himself.
Matt, Ghosting the Street, chapter 2: Slipstream

Formula 1 race-cars are designed to break apart upon impact, in order to slow them down. Thus more drivers' lives may be saved.

Jackie Stewart was a world champion driver, who spent his entire working career knowing that he risked death each time he pulled out onto a race-track. After he retired, he campaigned long and hard for F1 to include some safety features. Until that time, it was an accepted part of the sport that a certain quota of people died every season, including many of Stewart's own friends. Here he is talking about it:

Without all that Jackie Stewart successfully fought to have embedded as standard in F1, Matt's own crash would almost certainly have been fatal and/or left him seriously injured.


Matt had long since remembered the tracking device sewn into the fabric of his gilet - placed there as an anti-abduction safeguard in the aftermath of him once being taken.
Matt, Ghosting the Street, chapter 2: Slipstream

The details of Matt's abduction are described in Watari Part One.


Matt had already kissed Mello's neck, involuntarily, automatically, before recalling that he had his own corner to fight. "Don't ask me to give up fast cars. I feel alive when I'm driving. They're not nearly as dangerous as they look, and that track is hardly Nürburgring."
Matt, Ghosting the Street, chapter 2: Slipstream

Nürburgring - in Nürburg, Germany - is still one of the most taxing F1 race-tracks in the world. It was once also the most dangerous. Jackie Stewart nicknamed it 'The Green Hell'. It's been unofficially estimated that the track has claimed over 200 lives. Even a conservative guess - based on fatalities mentioned in police reports - have it at around 68 at the time of writing. Wikipedia has a list of known deaths at Nürburgring.


Text-book Ainsworth, defusing the situation with reassurance, so the emotionally immature boy didn't fear potential risks.
Matt, Ghosting the Street, chapter 2: Slipstream

Mary Ainsworth was the major theorists behind The Strange Situation in emotional attachment, plus she helped develop Attachment Theory per se. Mello and Matt have previously used the theory to understand Matt's propensity to freeze in unfamiliar, emotionally tasking situations, and to look towards Mello for guidance by example.


Matt wouldn't trust Michael Schumacher behind the wheel of his McLaren F1, let alone Mihael Keehl.
Matt, Ghosting the Street, chapter 2: Slipstream

Michael Schumacher is a world champion Formula One race-car driver.


More references coming soon!