Week 9 of PODcast‘s new linky The Alphabet Photography Project! How many of you thought I’d pick I is for Insects??? Well, after a spending a few days at Silverstone for the Grand Prix and Testing, there could only be one choice this week. My Alphabet Photography Project I is for immaculate.
As my brother and I had a 3 day pass for the British Grand Prix we had the opportunity to go on a Pit Walk at Silverstone last Thursday. With some great planning (actually a total fluke) Monkey was having a full day at Nursery School on the Thursday, so as soon as I’d walked him to school, I got in the car, drove over to my brothers and then on to Silverstone. Now things were going to be tight. There was a Pit Walk between 10-12 and one between 3.15-6pm. I could only make the morning session as I needed to be back to pick Monkey up at 3.15.
We arrived at Silverstone about 9.15. The queue was massive, full of campers who’d obviously been on-site since early that morning. We joined the queue past the grandstand at Vale and kept our fingers crossed. My brother could always go to the afternoon session (we’d driven in convoy just in case), but I had no option, morning or bust.
My brother and I grew up in a time where Formula One and Motor Racing in general, was far more accessible to the fans than it is today. We’d spent our childhood in the Paddock at Brands Hatch. Engines revving and exhaust fumes were the norm. These days you can’t get anywhere close. We were really lucky to be invited to look around the Lotus Pits a couple of years ago. It was brilliant, a friend’s husband worked on the pit crew then, and he knew how much it would mean to me. It was amazing. I knew how immaculate the pit garages were these days, but that experience re-inforced it.
Roll on a couple of years and we have the opportunity to see all of the garages. It took us half an hour to move from Vale to Club, we were getting worried, this was not looking good.
But we kept hopeful, as we edged ever closer. We could see the pits, I checked Silverstone’s twitter feed, they were closing the queue at 11.30. Could we make it? We got through at 11.15!!!!! Cutting it fine, but we were in. We walked down the pit lane where the cars would drive out to join the circuit and we were there. I was really impressed by the fact everyone could clearly see into each pit garage. I’d envisaged trying to grab a glimpse over 4 rows of 6 footers in front of me. But no, we could walk along in front of each garage no problem. We were both in our element.
For me it was all about seeing the Ferrari garages obviously!
Everything in these garages is immaculate. Can you see the floors! You really can eat your dinner off those floors. They’d kill you, but you could do it. Everything is so clean, you actually forget that they are working garages. Everything has its place. The team is also immaculate. They dress the part. When you watch them arriving in the paddock on the run up to the Grand Prix, their dress is immaculate, they all have numbered cases (Ferrari that is), they have Ferrari trainers. Everything looks new, fresh, immaculate.
I know most of you are probably yawning by this point, but honestly, could you imagine taking your car into the garage for its MOT and being able to see your reflection in the floor? The attention to detail is amazing, truly amazing.