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Gearing up for this year's silverstone classic - an inside experience

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Amy Thomas

June 29, 2016

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For a motorsport lover, like myself, having the chance to go to a race track is pretty awesome so having a media pass for the media day of one of the UK’s biggest motorsport events was out of this world! A few weeks ago, I went to the Silverstone Classic Media Day where I got the chance to get up-close and personal with the cars and also some of the drivers!

As I turned up, I wasn’t too sure of what to expect, I knew there would be some great cars and a handful of famous drivers but nothing could prepare me for the day ahead! It kicked off with the press launch where the different classes of cars that would be running over the weekend were introduced, next thing I knew, Freddie Hunt, the son of the great Formula One Champion James Hunt, was introducing himself. He announced that he would be driving his father’s Formula One car later in the day and also for the main event itself!

Lights, camera, action!

Photograph of Freddie Hunt sat on an F1 car

After the press launch I headed down to the pit lane, completely taken back when I realised I had full access and could even go onto the pit wall! This, to me, was brilliant as I had never been on the International Pit Straight at Silverstone before! Being this close to the action, even though I am a race mechanic, was awesome! Having the cars drive past at extremely high speeds is just exhilarating, nothing you can experience anywhere else other than a race track! And with good reason too, driving like that on main roads isn’t just scary but dangerous too but I don’t really need to tell you that!

After I had gotten a few shots of the car, there was an organised photoshoot for Freddie Hunt, so naturally I wanted to get some shots. I ended up with some great photos and it was nice to be able to chat to him afterward. I wasn’t too sure what to say so I just ended up asking “Are you excited to be involved with Silverstone Classic?” to which he simply replied with “yes, very!” with a huge grin on his face. I guess you could say I was a little star struck, little did I know that this would carry on throughout the day…

Starry eyed surprise

Social ambassador Amy pictured with Nicholas Hamilton

Lunchtime soon came around and I thought it was going to be just a normal lunch… Oh how wrong I was! I ended up sitting on the same table at Nicholas Hamilton, former BTCC driver and also, brother of Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. I was completely star stuck and I had no clue what to say other than, “The food is nice, isn’t it?” How embarrassing!? Once I had calmed myself down on the inside I managed to relax and join in with the general conversation of the table. I then plucked up the courage to ask for a quick selfie, which, luckily, he said was cool!

You would think I couldn’t get more star struck? I then met Murray Walker, the legendary commentator and overall motorsport enthusiast. He was very lovely and took time to ask me what I do and what I was doing at the media day! He was very interested about the social ambassador role!

I wish my car could do that

Collection of vintage touring cars lined up against eachother

In the afternoon I went back down into the garages and onto the pit wall to see more of the on track action. There was every car you could think of, from old touring cars to historic formula one cars to CAN AM’s that roared as they went past! The sheer speed of these engineering masterpieces blew me away, if only my road car could do the same, eh?

At the end of the day I jumped into my little car and drove away with a huge smile on my face. I would like to thank Marmalade for sending me to Silverstone and giving me such a great opportunity! If anyone gets the chance, go along to Silverstone Classic as it’s a weekend full of fast cars and great music!

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By Amy Thomas

'I'm currently studying Motorsport Technology at university! My dream is to become an F1 race engineer and as you've probably guessed, I love cars! Motorsport and cars are my passion, not forgetting motorbikes also!'  See more posts by Amy

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