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Sunday, 18 December 2016

My year of motorsport

This year I have had the most amazing time when it comes to motorsport. This time last year I never thought I would have had some of the experiences I have encountered. I feel so fortunate and grateful that I am able to do these things and have more to look forward to.

Silverstone for F1, London for FE and Snetterton for BTCC. Silverstone I had known about going into 2016 as it was a gift, but Snetterton and London was all me. I had only just gotten a job in July when I went to all these events, yet they had already been paid for. I am fortunate that I have relatives in London, one of whom wanted to come with me and allowed me to stay with her. So I didn't have to pay to stay anywhere. But I paid for train tickets there and back, I got a visitors oyster card, I bought my own FE tickets. Yes the event itself is reasonably priced, when you add everything else on top, it is a fair amount. However, all the money was well spent.

Snetterton was the first time myself and my friend Lisa had sorted out anything to do with going away without our parents help. We bought the tickets and paid for them as well as camping. We bought a tent, bought all the food and drink, we jointly paid for petrol for me to drive us there and back. Everything, we did together. That gave us so much confidence and we enjoyed the experience that whole lot more because we felt we earned it. Lisa had a job long time before so she earned that money, I just used up what I had before my first pay day. We did not regret anything we did. That's a lie, we wish we had bought a few more bits of food and for sure more water. But thats a lesson we have learnt for when we go again to Snett next year and other BTCC races we have planned.

I have loved each and every one of those races I watched, not a lot but a lot for me. I may not be going to F1 this year due to money, but a potential FE trip to Paris has been thought about! And 4 or 5 BTCC races have been planned. So next year will be just as exciting because even if im not there live, I will still be watching and remembering my own experience.

It's crazy, you wait to go to one and three come at once! Those memories will never be replaced. Although I hope new ones will be made. Motorsport gets me through and the experiences I have had get me through and will always be the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you take anything away from this blog post, let it be that dreams do come true, yes some may be gifted to you but you will be able to earn money to make them come true. So never give up and when it finally happens you wont be the same person you were when you went. I realised my heart is at every race track and that spurs me on to be a happier person.

Until next time! 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

My Motorsport Bucket List

I believe that any motorsport fan has a list of things they want to do related to motorsport in their lifetime. Since ticking off one thing I have always wanted to do I started to think of what else I would like to achieve. So today I thought I would share them with you and briefly explain why they make it onto my bucket list.

1. Go to Le Man- Arguable the most important race of the year. My dad has actually been and it sounds so much fun! They all got drunk and lined up empty bottles round their tents. But to be surrounded by the sound of race cars and the change of weather for 24 hours just seems amazing! I wouldn't be surprised if it was on everyone's bucket list!

2. Go to Spa- To watch cars go round that historic track would be unreal. Plus I want to go up the hill, see how long it would take me and how steep it really is!

3. Go to Silverstone- This is something I was treated to this year and it was the best day of my entire life. The atmosphere, the change in weather, the sound of the cars, everything was just all I imagined it to be and more! 

4. Go to an awards show- Okay, this one is a bit far fetched but to be in a room with so many people in the motorsport industry and celebrating the success would be breathtaking.

5. Go to Monaco- A beautiful country and a unique and challenging track, who doesn't want to go to Monaco!? One of the most expensive things on my bucket list but a girl can dream.

6. Meet a world champion- To be in the presence of someone who has done something that incredible would be amazing. I'd have so many questions to ask!

7. Meet as man drivers as possible- With watching and reading about so many categories there is so many drivers I would love to meet. I had the pleasure of meeting some FE drivers this year and they were all so lovely and friendly and made the experience even better. So who wouldn't want to meet even more drivers?!

8. Get a motorsport related tattoo- So this one I had planned for 2 years until I was brave enough to cross it off my list and I do not regret it and I never will. I have dedicated a post about my tattoo so if you haven't read that, then I'd suggest taking a read. I want so many more but we will see!

9. Going to the opening and last race of a season- The atmosphere at both would be indescribable and as expensive as they would both be, be worth every penny and hey a holiday at the same time, bonus!

10. Go to a night race- Who doesn't want to see the cars in the dark under the lights with sparks flying off their cars and fireworks at the end of the race?! 

I am sure over the years more things will be added to this list. I also hope some get ticked off at the same time! I know some are unlikely but stranger things have happened and if you can dream it and want it hard enough, it can happen. So I will never give up.

Let me know in the comments whats on your bucket list and feel free to make me jealous if you've done one or more things on my list!

Till next time!