Sunday, 30 May 2010

The Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch

Had a very pleasant afternoon today at Brands... we only arrived at about 3pm and the man on the gate kindly took pity on me and charged me £12 to get in - plus a fiver for the programme. The pre-1966 touring cars were out practising when we arrived, and we then walked round to paddock hill bend to watch the World Sportscar Masters. It was excellent fun watching - the Osella driven by Richard Evans won the half-hour race at a canter, and unfortunately the Ferrari 512M was a retirement while running fourth.

We had a bit of a walk around the paddock - saw a Ferrari Enzo, of which you don't see many, and a couple of old racing drivers - of which you see quite a lot!

Patrick Watts made my son's day by allowing him to sit in his Ford Mustang... also saw Dave Loudoun, who hasn't been out for a year or three. Apparently he got the forms for his competition licence this year, but never quite got around to filling them in! Didn't seem to be missing it much though.

Afterwards, I managed to drag Robin out for a walk around at least a part of the Grand Prix circuit. A bit like going out onto the school field at your old school, it is the only bit that hasn't changed much... but then it has, in many ways. Reminded me though what a great place Brands Hatch is for spectators, especially when we emerged at the exit of Stirling's - what a good corner that is. Sean Walker and Ian Flux managed to get their Lotus Elan home first in the two hour "Gentleman Drivers" race. And we managed to get into the pit lane to congratulate Ian on his achievement. Followed by a walk down the pit lane and a visit into most of the garages, where we could look at some of the F1 machinery that we had missed on the track earlier in the day. And I couldn't quite work out what the Matra M670B was doing there - but it looked great anyway.

All in all, a fine afternoon out. Must make a day of it next time... if the family (and wife) permit it!

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