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Silverstone gets British Grand Prix 2010

I was right, after going to Moto GP at Donington back in 2008 i knew that it would never be ready for the British Grand Prix 2010.

There was loads of things wrong with it.

1. Access – There’s only one road in and out and its tiny. this to me is one of the ultimate things that needed addressing it made getting out from moto GP a 3 hour job. You easily expect double a Moto GP crowd to turn out for the British Grand Prix 2010.

Silverstone has Access down to a fine art now after many poor years. it now has a park and ride system and a by pass diverting you around the village of Silverstone it’s self.

2. Facility’s – Donningtons toilets and shops are pretty much abysmal compared to silverstone.
Even thoguh you’ll still be queing at Silverstone to use the toilet at least they are nice toilet blocks. Donningtons toilets are old concerete sheds which at a good 30 years old.

3.  Track – Donnington was going to need a lot of new run off areas as well as widening in areas. The last time donnington held a F1 race was a the European GP back in the 90’s.

I think donnington losing the Moto GP to Silverstone was probably a final nail in the coffin for them hosting the British Grand Prix 2010. Since Silverstone will now be spending £5m on improving the circuit for bike racing which will included new viewing areas and a new section of track.

Silverstone have got a 5 year deal to host the Moto GP and a 17 year deal for the British Grand Prix.

One thing that came to mind is Brands Hatch circit which is located in kent this held F! races many years ago but has now been forgotten about and only really gets bikes and BTCC.

Red Arrows At British GP

Red Arrows At British GP

Mercedes Buy Brawn GP

After reading a few articles it apears the new name for Brawn GP could possibly be Silver Arrow and it would be a works team for Mercedes like that of Ferrari. it appears that Brawn / Silver Arrows aren’t to interested in Jenson Button so its in the pipeline that he’ll be driving with Lewis Hamilton at Maclaren in the 2010 season.

More rumours are circulating that Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfield will be driving for the Silver Arrows team, This hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, but its widely regarded that Rosberg has signed a new deal for Mercedes.

Mercedes will buy a 75% stake in the Brawn team with Abu Dhabi which enables them to see it renamed. Mercedes will be giving there team free engines and sponsor ship and will continue to provide engines to the Maclaren team until 2012.

On the BBC it claims that the Brawn team will be named Mercedes Gran Prix, but if you pop over to the Brawn GP site it claims silver arrows will be the new name.

Only time will tell on this one !

Car Insurance Traders Policy’s

In February i’m due to renew my car insurance, but since i do a bit of car valeting, it would of been handy to be able to drive other cars so a Traders policy would of been handy. But due to been under 25 the cost was just to high.
So hopefully this year the traders policy should be alot cheaper i was quoted over £1000 last year and was told i could be paying around £500 with a car value of around £24,000.

I did a quote yesterday and it came out at £1500. they cna jump for that much.

Hopefully it will be near the the £500 mark Oh and it must cover a quad bike.

Cars That I Have Owned

First up was my S reg 1998 registered Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 full reg was S322 Sag. It was a Breeze trim so it had colour coded bumpers and a nice black interior. Since it was my first car i did love it but i soon released just how slow it was. It was fine for around town driving but if you needed to ever take anything or pull out on the motorway it just wouldn’t cut it. i paid around £300o for the corsa way back in 2003, and sold it about 1 year later for £1500.

The picture is poor but its the only one i have

My Old Vauxhall Corsa

My Old Vauxhall Corsa

My 2nd car has to be my favourite, it had a personality which was also the flaw for the car. i originally went looking for a Ford Escort RS Turbo but came home with a Fiesta RS Turbo.

A 1990 H989 GJO Fiesta RS Turbo, it had little in the way of creature comforts no ABS, PAS or Airbag but the recaro bucket seats where so comfortable.

A week or so after having it she started over heating on short runs this gradually got worse until decided to have no more and completely boiled over reversing into my drive.

£500 later a new head gasket and top end re build and we where on our way to Well Lane Turbo centre in batley. I had a few running issues with her, that in my inexperience i didnt see. On colder nights she would boost really strongly and it was great, until PSI was hitting 1bar around 13 psi and this would cause her to splut and cough and she’d be in limp mode. At Well Lane they turned the PSI down to a modest 8PSI and on the rolling road, she put out a healthly 149.8 BHP not bad for a near standard RS which should run around 133BHP.

Fuel started to become a drain on my money as i’d be lucky to get 200 miles out of a tank and already paying a high £1800 for Third party insurance my time was limited with my faithful RS.

To be honest she was a bit rough around the edges, but then i only paid £2100 so i didn’t expect a mint car. i think the garage was in the garage as much as it was out for various seals and gaskets blowing out and leaking, then one day came the dreaded news, the bottom end had started knocking, it did slowly get worse and i was told to only expect to get another 6 months out of it before it would need doing again. But been short on cash i decided to sell the Fiesta on.

I’d love to get another RS now as they have so much passion about them the smell of petrol when the turbo is whistling away always brighten my day up.

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

Fiesta RS Turbo

This is the Fiesta as i bought her, within days i had new tyres on the orginal Ford 3 spoke alloys and had those back and i replaced the manky looking fog light as well.

After i’d sold my RS i had a brief spell driving the work van, until i went a bit mad and when jap and bought a Toyota Starlet GT Turbo (i notice a trend here)

I bought the GT for about £2700 and sold it for £2000. I’d probably still have this car if i had more patience with it, since it was my fault for putting a daft exhaust on it which caused the turbo to smoke. it was only due to lack of back pressure that cause this and putting a washer between the backbox and exhaust tip apparently solved this.

Starlet GT Turbo New Exhaust

Starlet GT Turbo New Exhaust

I kept the starlet for just over a year before i decided to get rid of it. it was a 1993 k reg jap import and to be honest it wasn’t even close to the fiesta, although it did pull 149BHP on a rolling road. K910 DHN was the full registration and it went to the manchester arera.

Starlet GT Turbo

Starlet GT Turbo

I will say that the starlet was fun to drive but it just didnt feel as raw as the fiesta.

after the starlet i had another period of driving the work van around for probably around a year before i decided to buy a Ford Sport Ka SE.

Ok so some thought it was gay but i had my reasons for buying this, ka’s handle really well, so with the Sport having a wider front track it should technically be even better, ford have never made a bad hot hatch, it looked like it had been on steroids and i kind of liked the looks.

I bought the car a a present for my self on my 23rd birthday. i paid just just over £5000 for the KA Sport but it was the colour i wanted had a few optional extras as well like heated mirrors and a 6 cd player.

I soon put a K&N induction kit on as it sounded a bit hairdryery at higher revs, it sounded rather beefy with it new induction kit so i decided that it should be lowered, i found some eibach springs on ebay for £60 which lowered the car by 30mm. These springs also where a ford recommended option.

The Ka Sport was soon transformed and looked a lot better for been lowered. This car handled like a dream, i knew that where i pointed it it would go and i could really corner well without pushing myself or the car. the only thing it lacked was some extra power in my eyes another 20/30bhp would of suited, or even a 16v engine over the 8v that they opted for.

I only had 2 gripes with the Ka Front lower arms i had to have mine replaced and you had to get genuine ford ones, i once fell for a cheaper arm but ended paying more as it only lasted a few days before it failed. Tyres front ones only lasted about 4,000 miles. and they weren’t cheapo’s they where Toyo Proxi TR1’s.

Ford Sport Ka

Ford Sport Ka

I’m currently running around in a vauxhall corsavan which aids me to do my car valeting work around ripon harrogate and leeds areas