Am hoping when you say Motors TV is coming to NTL that it will also be coming to Telewest? And having it start on my birthday is just the ticket - now I know what to ask my girlfriend for as a present!!!!
Hope the wedding all went well!
And MotoGP is easily the most entertaining motorsport out there. Is amazing how dominant Rossi can be, but without making the racing boring.
Speaking of telly spectating, just read they're finally bringing Motors TV to NTL on September 8th, hurray . Ah, V8 Supercars, Live BTCC AND support races, DTM, more bikes than you can chuck a spanner at. I suppose that'll mean an end to the marriage...a whole 8 weeks by then ;D
BAH - just read about that. Still stuck on f**king Telewest here - the worst of the world's cable suppliers and it's not coming to that.
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Sorry, dunno about Telewest, but I had heard rumours that NTL were gonig to take over Telewest. Dunno what substance there is too it. Oh, and one other NTL coup, we're all going to 10Mb broadband next year
Yes cheers Norm, everything went well and we had a great honeymoon in Italy, thanks.
Belated congrats, Barry! Makes me feel old as it's nearly 30 years since my wedding... (the first one..)!
I've seen some of the BTCC supports on TV and some look good. F Renault seems to have about 25 cars, F BMW similar I think. Cupras and Clios a bit down, 15/16? Porsches around 12? Touring cars should see Gareth Howell out at Knockhill in a Honda but he pranged it at Pembrey testing which didn't impress the team... Other local interest is in the Cupras as Jonathan Young is competing (he of Nissan Primera/ScottishSports/saloon fame).
See some of you at the weekend!
Should be in my second home at chicane so pop by and say hello! I'm the old ugly man in orange with a rapidly fading Canadian suntan usually seen replacing floppies... !!
Ex-floppy replacer, now trainee observer following redundancy.
We've got the pleasure of the biggest BTCC grid so far this year - Gareth Howell in the TD integra and Jason Hughes in his MG.
I'm off the opinion the BTCC hasn't done badly at all this year. Compared to last year we're only missing Proton as a works team, Honda was works last year but we've still got that 1 CTR this year. Plus we have 1 extra SEAT. So where it matters - up the front - we still have basically the same quality.
Missed not having Anthony Reid to cheer on this year though
Okay, just back from the 'Hill and I have to say the day can be summed up with a resounding "Meh." Frankly it's just as well that I was pleasantly surprised by the BTCC races as apart from that the racing was a bit of a damp squib - the supports were just dull. Ended up miserable, cold, soaked through and a little bored with the big gaps between races (yeah, yeah necessary for TV etc but still dull if you're at the track) and the constant safety car periods and basically couldn't wait to just leave and go home in the end. And I NEVER feel that way about a race meeting at Knockhill.
Positives - nice to see Collard finally win a race, especially in that MG which I'll miss big time when it goes, Shedden, Geddie and Tanner all did a good job among the big boys, excellent parking system devised by Knockhill that finally saw season ticket holders rewarded with the plum parking spots not far from the track, pretty good BTCC races.
Negatives - Supports were dull, driving standards in the BTCC races were sometimes abysmal (is anyone ever going to punish Muller and Plato for their ridiculous actions this year?), weather sucked, there was more mud than Glastonbury, too many teams zipped up their awnings all the time so you couldn't have a look.
Can't wait to get the proper racing going again in two weeks.
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
I agree with your sentiments about the support races. I'm not a fan of single seaters anyway, so thats 2 of them ruled out straight away. The Porsches and SCC seem to suffer from low grids and that 2nd SCC race was just one big yawn to me.
Interesting to hear Knockhill's finally gave season ticket holders a decent space, it's only taken them 3 years of feedback to work that out. I bought the car pass since I don't have a season ticket, and well you end up shoved anywhere. Didn't feel that parking system was as great this year. A lot of people on the way in seemed to want to go places they weren't being directed to, in once instance one of the marshals had to stand in front of a car to prevent it going down through a gate it wasn't meant for.
Sorry Folks, must have gone to a different place yesterday!!!!!!!!!! What racing I saw (ment to be working) was pretty good. How can you say the support races were dull and boring or did you not see Messers Adam, Shedden, Tanner all having excellent and pretty close races and also Mr Sheddon, SORRY! Sir Dounut puting on a show for the crowd.
As for the single seaters (BMW's) I could not get my head round the fact of how good the driving was at such a young age, one of them came in to the Clubhouse on Sunday morning and I couldn't decide at first if he was racing or his Daddy had just bought him a replica racesuit to play in!!!!!!! Or am I just getting old--- Answers on a postcard please.
As for the weather, what do you expect it is the Scottish Summer, maybe some people should have dressed better for the day.
Parking to me was better than ever, you will always get the odd couple who want to park in Paddock 1 or 2!!!!
I think overall that Knockhill should be pretty proud of themselves on the smooth running of such a big event in very bad weather and gettig the Circuit looking so good and draining well.
Yes Nick's Car looks good, alot better than himself, if that was him with two other repribates walking past the hairpin with cans of Tennents in their hands quit early in the day?
Well the day could've been worse, the BTCC was a lot better than I'd expected, and the parking was a very nice bonus (THANK YOU Knockhill, that's by far the best parking arrangements you've had in the seven BTCC meetings I've been to, please repeat that next year! , but I was very disappointed in the support races. Perhaps it was more interesting if you were at the other side of the circuit, but from the hairpin area there was very little happening... the Clios were alright, but most other things were just a procession, the SEATs in particular being a huge disappointment
And the weather really didn't help, I think I've got a slight cold as I was feeling the cold and damp far worse than I should've done, given that I was well wrapped up in my winter jacket with a fleece on underneath, but was still frozen most of the time - I spent most my time outside feeling thoroughly miserable and just wanting to go home Thankfully the improved parking meant it was never far to walk to the car to warm up in between races - if we hadn't been so close to the track I'd probably never have left the car to watch most of the support races!
However the BTCC itself was pretty entertaining, so the day wasn't a total waste of time - I'll be interested to see the tv highlights and find out exactly what happened in the various controversial incidents, as listening to the radio interviews a few people were sounding pretty unhappy!
Oh yeah, forgot to say - does anyone else think the BTCC has hit a new low for ugly colourschemes? Really the only team that looked alright was SEAT, and I've never been that keen on the silver and yellow combination... Collard's MG was alright too, but most other cars looked a right mess. And what on earth were Team Dynamics thinking with Howell's car?? The gold and Castrol stuff looked quite nice, the orange/black Halfords livery is ok, if not really to my taste, but putting the two together on one car?? Orange and gold do NOT go well together in my opinion, and the green just made it worse