In anybody would have told me at the end of Trax 2007 that we would be staying in a tent the following year I'd have concluded thay must be an FIA Steward. Barking mad.
So desperate to try out all the gear we opted for a two night stay which meant we left around 5.00 pm on Friday for the 150 odd mile drive down to Banbury.
On the way down it rained a tad but never one to complain about the weather we pressed on. As we got 40 odd miles from the secret Campsite Rich phoned to say that the people running the site had ******ed off home and left him in chargeso by the time we arrived he'd selected the best field on the site. Not that we could see it because by the time we arrived it was dark.
One hour later (with the help of Rich) the tent was up and the rain finally stopped. Over a few hot drinks from the gas stove we put the world to right and then retired in the early hours to sleep under the ...........****ing down rain.
Day break meant we could get to see where we where. Actually a very nice site. 10/10 Mr. Soulman. We were impressed.
A few hours later Dean, Ian and Jaykay arrived and the we began to take over the site.
Despite the rain cleaning of cars started in earnest and Rich used his double action hose pipe to great effect.
Ian meanwhile was removing masking tape in the true, "The show must go on" spirit.
Later in the afternoon more people arrived and we played the guess the member arriving on site game. The highlight was when A Silver VXR kitted Vectra arrived. I went for Gary, others thought it was Chris or maybe Smokey Diesel. Anyway as Baz 07 disembarked from the car we gave up on guess the car. We woz Crap.
With a stupid O clock start the following day we retired early for another night under the Niagra falls.
6 am saw us outside on a hard standing area warming the engines. Then we set off in convoy for the 20 minute drive to Silverstone. Arriving on the stand I was glad to see we were on Tarmac. I was still at this point half asleep it took me some time to spot Cara frantically waving an enormous golf umbrella Mary Poppins style 6 feet from the bonnet.
The stand was packed and oh boy there were some fabulous looking cars on it. I was particularly keen to find Glynns having followed the facelift conversion on here. Difficult to believe that this:
Had become this:
The judges award was richly deserved.
So then it was time for a wander around the rest of the stand.
Before heading off into the long grass to get a better view of how many cars had turned up.
Meanwhile the Vectra-C pitstop crew had swung into action.
To fit these:
A quick How to at this point.
You will need these tools:
..and a car that needs lowering.
Superb work by Mark and Glynn.
Around the fringes of the stand other jobs were being done.
It never ceases to amaze me how people will help one another out. It's rare these days.
So then we went for a wander around the rest of the site.
The new Scooby is ****** horrible.
The T9 is however rather nice.
And finally a reason to maybe not take your car on the track.
First corner on a slippery surface. A little bit of oversteer...
Time to turn into the skid.
Hmm. Doesn't seem to be working.
Nope. Definiatly didn't work.
At least he had a go. I'm not that brave.
So a big big thanks to Cara and Mark for organising the stand and food and to Ian for sorting the campsite. It was great to meet up with the familiar faces and meet some new ones too. Can't for the next one.