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Race day at British F1 GP Silverstone (part two)

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Final selection from Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton greets the crowd after a thumping race weekend.

Lewis flooring it on Lap 1

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Race day at British F1 GP Silverstone (part one)

F1 THURSDAY SKY SPORTS F1 SHOW F1 FRIDAY PART 1 F1 FRIDAY PART 2 RACE DAY SUNDAY PART 1 RACE DAY SUNDAY PART 2

Sunday is the day of races from F1, F2 and GP3 and crowds are frantic to catch a good spot so an early rise at 5am is necessary. I refused to break into a run carrying two chairs and camera bag at 5:55am on a Sunday just for a good spot. Nevertheless a great spot was found three rows from the fence on the home straight within elevated sight lines of three jumbotron screens. At race start there were 14 rows of chairs behind and lots of people standing behind them.

In any case there are too many shots and video clips for one posting, one final post to go.

You think F1 grass is natural green do you?

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Sky Sports F1 Show at Silverstone

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On the Thursday evening of a British grand Prix weekend Sky Sports F1 records their F1 Show live from the track at 6pm. Watching live radio or television being produced is fascinating. So many people behind the cameras. So normal the talent in front of it. Easy to see why live professional TV production is so expensive, just look at the tackle and rowers keeping it afloat. As for the huge crowd, they were a good laugh egging-on the presenters and anyone driving, walking, cycling, jogging across the finish line at any time of the broadcast.

Natalie Pinkham & Jenson Button
Daniel Riccardo & Max Verstappen
Damon Hill and Rachel Brookes

Felipe Massa , Lance Stroll & a “buggered” Claire Williams [her words!]

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The F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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I have visited a few Formula 1 Grand Prix, but this was my first British GP and lasted five days.  What a spectacle of cars. What an audible experience. One hundred and forty thousand vocal fans pushing-on their driver at this old military airfield. This is the first selection from Thursday’s F2 practice sessions.

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Silverstone Circuit
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Field (before tents)
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Flags flying with Campers

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Doon the water

I love any excuse to go ‘doon the water’, especially if it involves the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. The Waverley is such a fantastic piece of Scottish heritage which still does day trips from the river Clyde in Glasgow to various destinations around the western isles. It also spends some time down south in early summer.
On this particular day we had a wee day out on Rothesay and had a blast.

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Waverley Paddle Steamer day out

Over the past ten years my family went “doon the watter”, touring the Clyde estuary, its seaside ports and islands aboard the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world – a day out on the Waverley.

If you have visitors, or just need to get some fresh-air then a day on the Waverley is an invigorating experience. From the rush of sea air to foaming seas, the searing heat, smell of the engine room and the chattering paddles. Thier cutting of the sea propelling the boat along rapidly. On two trips we had the of luck being accompanied by pipers, guitarists and more. This creating a jolly soundtrack.

Highly recommened. Book tickets Waverley tickets here.