Not really a great "thread" starter, but feel the need to say that I'm off to Silverstone tomorrow for my stag weekend!!! I am so excited, feel about 12 years old!! There's 13 of us going and staying in 2 preassembled tents at Whittlebury golf course (I know it's more expensive than other places, but it is close to the track and we can reserve our "pitch"). We've tickets for the Bronze Terrace at Copse and I reckon it is only a 20 minute walk from the tents to Copse!
And if I'm really lucky, they'll screen the first British and Irish Lions test on one or 2 of the big screens at 2pm on the Saturday.
If only I was a Jenson fan then I'd probably be set for a perfect weekend! As a Lewis fan, I've taken the view that if it rains then at least it increases his chances of doing well.
Your gonna love the GP weekend. If its anywhere near as close as my experience in 06 then it'll be close to the best 3 days of your life. All you need is sunshine all 3 days and Hamilton to bin it near where your sitting ;D
Well, it was indeed a brilliant weekend!! Barbeque and few beers at the tents on Friday evening before heading down to the beer tent where they had live music. Up at a reasonable time on the Saturday to walk across to the track (it really was a 20 min walk from tent to main entrance - would def recommend Whittlebury) to watch first practice and the F1 qualifying. One thing I hadn't realised was that, after the F1 qualifying so many people leave that they open up most of the grandstands to everyone. So, managed to watch the first half of the GP2 race from the pit straight grandstand - some spectacle when they're all sat on the grid with the red start lights counting down the last few seconds. Saturday night pretty similar to Friday night, except we spent the early part of the evening at the track as there was live music and bars there.
Sunday we tried to get up as early as we could, but when we got to the Copse Terrace it was clear that we were relatively late (hate to think what time people head in to get their chairs down in the best spots!) but managed to get an area all together. The group treated me to a Kanagroo tv which was amazing for keeping track of things. I guess the race was pretty dull at the front, but overall there seemed to be enough going on to keep your attention. Lewis had a good dice with Alonso for a while, and they were building up the tension of Button being on the faster soft tyres for his last stint.
We ambled back to the campsite after the race, but that left us in the perfect spot to watch the Typhoon (Eurofighter?) display as most of the stunts he pulled were over our campsite rather than the track. I would not have believed how loud that machine is had I not heard it for myself!!
The other good thing about Whittlebury was that we queued for 5 minutes to get out of the campsite, but then we were on empty backroads for about 10 miles before emerging onto the M1 so the journey home was great - back in Edinburgh for 11pm when I'd expected to be home at 2 or 3 in the morning.
So it was a near perfect weekend. Slightly sunburnt, not too hungover, great atmosphere, some good racing, and Jenson didn't win.......