Arne's tracks

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Can you briefly tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi I’m Arne and I have been a part of the Sofico family for quite a while now. I joined on the 2nd of January 2008, 13 and a half years ago, as a systems engineer. Back then the Systems team was still quite small, with just three of us.

I’m one of the lucky few to have visited all Sofico offices worldwide as our organization grew. In each new office, I was involved in the set-up of the IT systems, trying to keep our IT landscape as unified and efficient as possible. Australia is the only office where I visited after this initial setup since the Sydney office has been a part of Sofico for longer than I have been. Our office in Munich, Germany is the most recent office on the list.

While doing this over the years, I grew into my current role of IT lead, where I try to organize everything from a shared global viewpoint with a unified approach.

I’m one of the lucky few to have visited all Sofico offices worldwide as our organization grew. In each new office, I was involved in the set-up of the IT systems.

Arne

What do you like to do when you have some time off?

Well, I’ve always loved music. I used to create music myself. In my younger years, I created electronic music. I played keyboards, sequencers, drum computers… anything that allowed me to make techno and electronic music. Back then, I even did some small gigs, played in a band… all that good stuff.

One time, I did something completely out of my comfort zone. My wife’s neighbor, a boy who rapped, asked me to create some beats for his songs, which I then did for a while.

Nowadays, I just listen to music, my performing days are over.

I heard you go track racing, how did you get into that?

Yes, up until 3 years ago, when I got too busy with moving house, I went track racing every once in a while.

That story has a sad beginning, actually. My best friend passed away suddenly, an experience that made me realize how fleeting life is. With that in mind, I decided to truly enjoy and live my life, doing what I love and trying all the things I wanted to try.  Having always been a car enthusiast, I wanted to experience what it’s like to race a car on track: feel the pull of the g-forces, hear the sound of the screaming engines....

This, together with some more practical reasons, made me buy my first VW Golf, a Golf GTI . I could take it to the track and my wife could use it for daily driving, a perfect compromise.

I have driven on different tracks in Belgium and North France, one of the famous ones being Spa-Francorchamps.

Now, 10 years later, we’re about to get our 3rd Golf, the newest Golf R. I am really looking forward to taking it on tracks that require more speed and power.

By racing on different tracks, I learned that it’s not the car but the driver that makes the difference. It feels quite nice when I am able to match the lap times of a driver with a car that is faster and many times more expensive.

I have to admit, for the last 3 years, since I moved, I have barely done any track driving but I have done some organized ‘road trips’ which are also a lot of fun, although completely different from driving on a track.

By racing on different tracks, I learned that it’s not the car but the driver that makes the difference.

Arne

As a car lover, how do you feel about electric cars?

Oh, that’s a good question. In the car lover community, a lot of people seem to feel it’s a worse experience, as you don’t have the sound and the feeling of a traditional car. On the other side, electric cars have a lot more torque, which I love.

Honestly, I am divided. I love the speed and power that only electric cars can give you, but I also agree that the sound of an engine and the smell of gasoline has a certain charm to it that an electric car just can’t match. That’s why I opted for having both -smiles- that way, I can drive whatever I feel like driving in the moment.

I love the speed and power that only electric cars can give you, but the sound of an engine and the smell of gasoline has a certain charm to it that an electric car just can’t match. That’s why I opted for having both.

Arne

Are there any other leisure activities you enjoy?

Yes, recently I got back into climbing, top-rope climbing as well as bouldering. I have climbed in a distant past, with that same friend that passed away.

Last year, my daughter started climbing and asked me to join her, so the moment it was allowed again (you know, covid), I joined her. 

Just last weekend, both my daughters and I were in the climbing gym all weekend for 4-5 hours a day. I am quite proud, and also jealous, of the way their muscles don’t cramp up and get tired. Us regular ‘old’ folks get tired and lose all power in our hands and arms, while they just keep going, easily leaving me behind without breaking a sweat.

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