For What’s the Story? 5th Aug 2013 I’ve picked the following photograph taken on a foggy morning in June at Silverstone, home of the British Formula One Grand Prix.
I’m a big Formula One fan, and a massive Ferrari fan; before my son arrived I’d regularly get up at silly o’clock and head to Silverstone each morning for 3 days to watch qualifying and the race day of the British Grand Prix with my brother. My Dad is a big fan, so we spent a lot of time at Brands Hatch and Silverstone as children – my first big hero was James Hunt as I mentioned in a previous post a while ago.
Anyway, one of my sacrifices since having my son and giving up work was that I could no longer afford to go to the Grand Prix, so I’ve had to watch it on TV for the last few years. It’s not the same, but I’ve lived with it. My son is more important.
Well, this year, blogging has opened my eyes to the power of Twitter, and I entered a competition to win tickets to the Grand Prix, not expecting to stand a chance in hell. I’d been at a pre-school fund-raising meeting on Wednesday 26th June, noticed that a courier company had started to follow me, strange. Came out of the meeting, checked my phone and screamed, ran into the local shop where a friend was buying something and started blabbering at her. Came out of the shop, rang my brother and blabbered at him.
Came off the phone, I was shaking. I’d only gone and won tickets to the Grand Prix! Well, of course, my life is never that simple. I couldn’t go on Friday as we had a pre-school trip booked for the day, couldn’t go on Saturday as OH working and my son had a party to go to (so some of my brother’s friends used them) and my OH couldn’t come with me on Sunday as we had no one to have my son for the day. I gave the other ticket to my SIL as my brother and nephew were going anyway.
But, all of that aside, I got to get up at silly o’clock on 30th June 2013, go to Silverstone in the fog, and watch a brilliant race in the sunshine. I also got my Ferrari top signed by Felipe Massa – but that’s a whole different post!