Author Topic: World Series By Renault @ Donnington  (Read 1202 times)

UKOG jonboy 1066

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World Series By Renault @ Donnington
« on: September 11, 2006, 11:41:56 am »
I got lucky last week and managed to bag some free tickets to go watch the "World series by Renault" meeting at Donnington Park. UKOG's Gaz, George, Meylan and Woody also made it so we had a good chance to meet up as well as take in some top class motorsport.

Donnington's nearly 200 miles (320Kms) away from me so it was a bit of a trek and a very long day but well worth it. We left my house at 06:00 and got home at 23:30. I know some of you have probably got driveways that long but I bet they're not as congested as the M1 and M25, the traffic was a nightmare gettin home and the drive took 6 hours giving me an average speed of 33 miles an hour (50ish K's).  The day was great though, the sun (finally) came out and the place was packed with 65 thousand people, the cars were awesome and my kids loved their first taste of motorsport.

We were treated to action from Clios, Megan Trophy, Formula Renault, World Series By Renault and an awesome display of last years Renault F1 R25 V10 (First time I'd seen a moving F1 car in the flesh)


Here's my best of:

Sorry the sizes are a bit all over the place I've been playing with Paint Shop Pro:




































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[SJ]Pierre61

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Re: World Series By Renault @ Donnington
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2006, 12:35:58 pm »
Awesome piccies Jon :)

Thanks to the good offices of 2Shedz,  Rivet, DrokK&co and myself also made it. What an amazing weekend!

Started off well enough, got an early start and, bar a couple of missed turns,  picked Riv up about 7:15am Saturday morning, got to Dony towards 9am and picked a good spot to make camp .. then up rolls DroKK with a posse of class A nutters who were GREAT company throughout the event.

Camp made we set out for the track (just a note: the facilities at Dony were far above what I expected, hot showers, loads of poo pots and friendly staff.. excellent). I had prepared for the usual British weather and was resplendant in heavy boots, thick socks and insulated rainwear.. which was a bit of a bugger as it was baking hot the entire weekend!

As Jon mentioned, the variety of racing events, air displays, F1 demo's etc meant that there was never a moment when there wasn't something going on. The atmosphere was very tuned to 'family' .. it really was terrific seeing so many mums and dads with their offspring milling about.

So we baked on a hillock with unimpeded views of Craner curves, Shwantz, Mcleans and Coppice.. enjoyed a few beers and let the first day roll by.

Day1 events finished around 5:30pm and Riv and I meandered back to camp .. I was thinking maybe a little nap before the social side of the evening ... think again Pierre ....

"DrokK's Lot" rolled up shortly later and it became clear that any let up of pace was completely out of the question .. so out came the vino as evening fell.

The night time vibe really refreshed my spirit ... wandering from campfire to campfire we hooked up with fire jugglers.. a boy and girl couple. I was with Chris (of DrokK's lot) at this point and was warmed by the encouragement he gave the lad doing the fire spinning .. "The girl's a lot better than you are pal" :)

I could go on for pages, but I suspect this has already got a bit tedious... Suffice to say, this has inspired me to make 'going racing' something that I will be doing a lot more of in the future.

Props to my most excellent companions:

Riv: "Why bring a tent when you can have a mobile dance hall"
DrokK:"I enjoyed my morning cup of tea so much I thought I'd share it with you"
Andy: "I found a few twigs so I built this Georgian style writing desk and communications centre".
Chris: "Bot Scout's we're all right, round the campfire every night.."
Les: "Why should incontinence products only be for incontinent folk?"
and the inimitable Scots John : "Pahshed??? Ahm nay Pahshed!!"

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[SJ]Rivet

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Re: World Series By Renault @ Donnington
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 02:38:22 pm »
Excellent piccies Jon. You seem to have got a lot more of the "action" pics than I did. I'll post some of my best when I get them sorted out. I've not even looked at them yet  :o.

Pierre, that's a pretty good description of our weekend. I can't think of much to add to that. Oh, and my tent's not quite that big ;) but compared to the others I suppose it must have seemed like it. I've attained that age where creature comforts are becoming more of a consideration  ;D

 


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Re: World Series By Renault @ Donnington
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2006, 04:35:59 pm »
excellent write up pete! you got my A class nutter m8s described spot on! btw that was coffee not tea i was hurling from doorway of me tent  ;D
thanks again for towing my renaults embaressed ass up and the campsite for 1/2 an hour. i wonder how many people watching that were put off buying the renault theyed been convinced was a good idea after a weekend watching their best cars race.
thouroghly enjoyed the weekend ,great company and great track and facilaties.
hope to do it all again next year mabee a little less vino tho  ;)
thanks ted for tickets!

picis and a few vids to follow

UKOG jonboy 1066

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Re: World Series By Renault @ Donnington
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2006, 07:06:00 pm »
Great stuff. As long as It's on again I'll be going next year but this time I'll be camping (Don't wanna do that journey in one day again)
Perhaps we could meet up at the site. Some of the UKOG boys are on about going again so it could be a laugh a couple of them like their flight sims on PC so you could have a lot in common.

Here's to next year.

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Re: World Series By Renault @ Donnington
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2006, 07:19:33 pm »
sounds great the more the merrier!
btw you find at 1am on a campsite everyone has somthing in common! the need to get firewood!  >:D spent most of the night around the local chavs campfire theirs was the biggest and they had the best soundsystem! fire jugglers too!
helped sooth the pain of the absent glastonbury this year.

as a side note if any of you lot managed to get tickets for next years glastonbury, let me know, as the A class nutters and me n the family will be there with our stall and VIP camping area  ;)
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