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I had a go at Spa a few years back. The precision required at that speed is impressive

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Closest I've come to that, is twice round the Monaco circuit, in a Vauxhall Corsa diesel van. Probably at about 20mph.

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Generic username wrote: Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:41 pmI had a go at Spa a few years back. The precision required at that speed is impressive
Walking up Eau Rouge is an effort!

I know they say it never looks as steep on the TV, but f*ck me!

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It is a steep hill between the first corner and the Casino, that's for sure.

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Clarify - I had a go at changing a F1 tyre at Spa. I didn't have "a go at Spa", although I would happily have walked around it if allowed.

I believe that the Monaco circuit can't be done usually, due to some of it being one way in the wrong direction, so irrespective of speed, there may be a story there...?

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Generic username wrote: Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:15 amClarify - I had a go at changing a F1 tyre at Spa. I didn't have "a go at Spa", although I would happily have walked around it if allowed.
It kind of amazed me that the moment the race was over, everyone just vaulted the fences to walk down to the pit straight.

Equally amazed me how the moment the race was over, the teams were all packed up and gone within an hour or so, leaving the place basically deserted.

We fantasised about sneaking in to do a lap in my shitty Fiesta, but honestly I'm not sure it would've made the climb up Eau Rouge :lol: Only bit I got to drive on was a short banked section of the old circuit that now lies alongside a public road and is freely accessible.

I mean, I'm not sure if you're supposed to drive on it, but there's literally nothing stopping you. (Or wasn't, this was a while ago!)

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A mate of mine races at an amateur level and has raced (or, at least, certainly driven) at Spa - somewhere is a great image of him coming up through Eau Rouge. That's the one circuit I'd love to visit.

I've been following F1 since the 80s and I still haven't been to a race. :(

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I went there in 2004, and could pretty much drive in the correct orientation, the vast majority of what is normally the circuit at Monaco. I don't "think" I went the wrong way up a one way street, at all.

Been to Festival of Speed at Goodwood a few times, but the only GP I've been to, was the British Grand Prix in 1973. There was a huge crash on the start of the second lap, that wiped out about half the field. It's on youtube, and I had a camera in a cherry picker, right above where I was standing.

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I've been to Silverstone and Spa.

In all honesty, I don't think Silverstone's worth it because the circuit's so flat you're basically just standing there waiting five minutes for a brief glimpse of some cars screaming past. Unless you've got a pit pass or VIP box or something you're probably better off just watching that on TV. (Although the year I was there was the year that Irish nutter ran out onto the track, which definitely livened things up. One driver was lagging quite a way behind the field, and Paddy - assuming everyone's been round - almost got creamed by him as he wandered back off the circuit.)

Spa I absolutely recommend though. Because it's in a valley, in the right spot you can see about 50% of the track. Plus, because it's in the middle of the Ardennes, almost everyone who goes camps out so there's a real atmosphere. And Jesus H. Christ, the pilot who flies the camera helicopter is a madman. He was routinely going along the track below the height of the surrounding trees. Did a little flyby at the end to thank the fans for showing up.

Admittedly this won't apply any more, but perhaps my defining memory from Spa was walking to the track from the camp site for the first time on the Friday - a couple of miles down a road through the forest - and even from that distance hearing the V10's screaming through the morning air. That got my skin tingling.

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Yeah, a woman I used to work for regularly went to Spa. She said the best spot was the top of Eau Rouge. She was there the time Kimi kept his foot down through the smoke - she could hear the engine approaching then he suddenly burst into view.

Funnily enough, the Silverstone race you mention was repeated on Sky F1 a couple of weeks ago. I don't normally re-watch races, but there have been a few good ones shown recently and with little else to do...

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