Friday, June 22, 2007

Silverstone and aluminium tackle

We don't get many, if any, but yesterday we did. I am referring to one of those corporate hospitality day things courtesy of our insurance company a fine bunch of people called Towergate. Practice day for the Silverstone GP was the draw, well OK then count me in! Although I have been a lifelong fan of most things motorsport GP stuff has mostly passed me by. Indeed I seem to have a regular at Silverstone recently for everything other than GP. A particular highlight last year was the UK round of the Le Man 24 hour series. As a guest of a prominent Le Man pilot of yesteryear, and a prominent member of the BRDC to boot we spent most of the event sat in the BRDC pavilion scoffing superb buffet whilst hob knobing with the president of the BRDC himself a very pleasant chap. Unfortunately I just missed sharing a rolled salmon sarnie with Jackie Stewart, maybe next time. Anyways up, back to yesterday, did all the usual, walk up and down the pit lane in the lunch break. Sauntered through the paddock, catching Davina Coulthard moving faster than he ever does in a car to avoid the autograph hunters staking out his camper thing. The rest of the time was spent in the pit lane hospitality suite eating and drinking free stuff whilst flicking coctail sticks at the Ferrari drivers as they came back into the pits underneath us no more than 6 foot away. All in all an excellent day, specially as it only cost us the price of the petrol in the wifes 2.5 to get there and back.
Looks like things might be moving on the aluminium front again with several projects moving closer to the top of the pile of things to do. I hear a rumour that we might be blowing some cores next week for those elusive 6 cylinder heads in preperation for another couple of test castings, oh well we can but hope.

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