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#1 Smitla321

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:42

Hello all.

Apologies for starting another Silverstone thread. But after looking through all of the current topics I cant seen to find one that suits my question.

I was wondering, with the absence of FANVISION this year. Is there any other useful way of following the action/listening to commentary without relying on the screens/PA system around the track?

I have purchased FANVISION in the past for me and my dad just to listen to the 5 live or sky commentary while we watch the race live. Just so we know who is where after the pitstops.

With 3-4 pit stops expected by Pirelli this year. Its going to be almost impossible to follow the action trackside without something FANVISION esque.........

Any suggestions?

Thanks

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#2 JiimyDesperado

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 12:09

Hi Smitla,

Take an FM radio (or use the one on your phone if you have an old one that does that) and listen to the in-house commentary on Silverstone radio. They are usually more informed than Brundle or Coultard as well as the commentators sit around different parts of the track and get to see more than just the tv coverage.

Or you can buy a personal digital radio to take and listen to 5live (but you can buy FM radios at the pound shop!)

I always take in-ear earphones and ear defenders too so you can hear the commentary without having to have the volume on full blast!

Have fun.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 18:32

A different question from me. Going to Silverstone for the first time this year. We are driving there and parking on site.

Can someone give me a rough idea on how long it takes to get in with the traffic and everything?

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 20:13

A different question from me. Going to Silverstone for the first time this year. We are driving there and parking on site.

Can someone give me a rough idea on how long it takes to get in with the traffic and everything?


Gosh that is a question essentially asking someone to explain the precise perturberations of chaos theory!
My family and I have camped for the last ten years but most of the prior 25 (Brands and Silverstone) I have pitched up on either Saturday or Sunday. One year (95 I think) arrived at 6.30 on race day and drove straight in, the year before 3 hour queue! 99 on Saturday turned up at 10.45 and queued and queued and queued to such an extent that my wife's utter shit box Fiat Tipo blew up in the queue.....nope not an exaggeration, we never got to the circuit suffice to say it was the worst 30th birthday in the history of mankind!

Best advice, decide how early is early for you to get up, add your drive time and then add an anticipated maximum 3 hours of queuing (the maximum I think) if that is before 1pm Sunday then you are all good. If its not then adjust.

The sun will be up at about 4.35 next Sunday morning, it's going to be a beautiful morning and you will get in the car knowing that you are heading to the British Grand Prix. You are going to have a succession of buzzes, the first time you see a Silverstone sign, when you get through the turnstile and when you first hear an engine.

Enjoy it, have a fantastic day.

Regards Mike

Edited by blackmme, 23 June 2013 - 20:20.


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:13

Gosh that is a question essentially asking someone to explain the precise perturberations of chaos theory!
My family and I have camped for the last ten years but most of the prior 25 (Brands and Silverstone) I have pitched up on either Saturday or Sunday. One year (95 I think) arrived at 6.30 on race day and drove straight in, the year before 3 hour queue! 99 on Saturday turned up at 10.45 and queued and queued and queued to such an extent that my wife's utter shit box Fiat Tipo blew up in the queue.....nope not an exaggeration, we never got to the circuit suffice to say it was the worst 30th birthday in the history of mankind!

Best advice, decide how early is early for you to get up, add your drive time and then add an anticipated maximum 3 hours of queuing (the maximum I think) if that is before 1pm Sunday then you are all good. If its not then adjust.

The sun will be up at about 4.35 next Sunday morning, it's going to be a beautiful morning and you will get in the car knowing that you are heading to the British Grand Prix. You are going to have a succession of buzzes, the first time you see a Silverstone sign, when you get through the turnstile and when you first hear an engine.

Enjoy it, have a fantastic day.

Regards Mike


Thanks Mike, great stuff:) I was thinking of accounting for 2 hours of queuing and we're aiming to arrive quite a bit ahead of race start so it should be good.


#6 Bob Nomates

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 19:21

I would get there as soon as the gates open Evan, there's loads of stuff to do. I've not been for a while, hoping to go this year, and I like to have a walk around the circuit and find a couple of good spots, stretch the legs. Then have some sandwiches, watch the warm up. Perhaps have a look at the many sponsors and shops handing out freebies. Then get settled in for a the race with some more sandwiches, tune in the ear piece radio so you can work out what is going on during the race. Its almost impossible to work out without it until they have all done their final pit stops.
One tip that might work for you with regards getting away is to park car your car a mile or 2 away from the circuit to avoid the bottle neck getting out it's also another chance to stretch your legs and work off the sandwiches before the journey home.

Edited by Bob Nomates, 25 June 2013 - 19:24.


#7 blackmme

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 20:56

I would get there as soon as the gates open Evan, there's loads of stuff to do. I've not been for a while, hoping to go this year, and I like to have a walk around the circuit and find a couple of good spots, stretch the legs. Then have some sandwiches, watch the warm up. Perhaps have a look at the many sponsors and shops handing out freebies. Then get settled in for a the race with some more sandwiches, tune in the ear piece radio so you can work out what is going on during the race. Its almost impossible to work out without it until they have all done their final pit stops.
One tip that might work for you with regards getting away is to park car your car a mile or 2 away from the circuit to avoid the bottle neck getting out it's also another chance to stretch your legs and work off the sandwiches before the journey home.


Your right Bob you haven't been in a while, the Sunday warm up went 10 years ago! There is also probably 20% of the Sponsors stands that we're there 10 years ago. Now it's mainly shops all branded as F1 (apparently Bernie thinks individual identities look untidy, and no I'm not kidding) and definitely not giving stuff away!

Regards Mike

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 21:34

Your right Bob you haven't been in a while, the Sunday warm up went 10 years ago! There is also probably 20% of the Sponsors stands that we're there 10 years ago. Now it's mainly shops all branded as F1 (apparently Bernie thinks individual identities look untidy, and no I'm not kidding) and definitely not giving stuff away!

Regards Mike


Really? no Sunday warm up! I suppose that makes sense with the qualifying fuel rule, and no freebies from sexy promotion girls?

I'm hoping to get hold of a ticket last minute. I won't be spending any more money on expensive hats, t-shirts and burgers. I'll be taking my own sandwiches and I think I might even have an old BAR hat that I can wear to keep the sun out of my eyes.

Edited by Bob Nomates, 25 June 2013 - 21:37.


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 21:53

Really? no Sunday warm up! I suppose that makes sense with the qualifying fuel rule, and no freebies from sexy promotion girls?

I'm hoping to get hold of a ticket last minute. I won't be spending any more money on expensive hats, t-shirts and burgers. I'll be taking my own sandwiches and I think I might even have an old BAR hat that I can wear to keep the sun out of my eyes.


Tickets are apparently going to be available on the gate, double check that, but I saw it on twitter earlier.
Have a great day.

Regards Mike

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 22:25

Tickets are apparently going to be available on the gate, double check that, but I saw it on twitter earlier.
Have a great day.

Regards Mike


Try and still pre order if you do. They are a lot more expensive if you pay on the day, not that they're that cheap anyway!


#11 Bob Nomates

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 16:24

I've got a pair of tickets for Wimbledon on 4th july that i'm hoping to do a swap with for a weekend ticket for silverstone.

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 17:39

A different question from me. Going to Silverstone for the first time this year. We are driving there and parking on site.

Can someone give me a rough idea on how long it takes to get in with the traffic and everything?


get there early- last time I went was 1997- got there at 6am-ish and drove straight into the car park- also remember to leave just as the F1 GP is finishing- basically you're headed for the gate as the last lap starts- I did that last time and was home in 45mins- I'm assuming it's no better now if you hang around until the GP finishes

have a great time- there's nothing like seeing an F1 car in action- the speed and noise are mind blowing