#3 Silverstone

June 15, 2012

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Sylvia, Jo and cousin Hugh

As luck would have it I’ve discovered that cousin Hugh lives only about 20 minutes from the Silverstone race track, so we combine a lunch with him and Sylvia with our planned visit to the MotoGP.

I last saw Hugh when I was 10 and he’s as charming as I remember. Our kids are about the same age, he’s into mountain-biking and Sylvia is a swimmer. We have lots in common. An afternoon catch-up will have to do but more visits would be lovely. Head on a cruise out Australia way, you pair.

At our comfy pub lodgings in the village of Woburn, we meet friendly Brits who’ve come to cheer on the local lads. We walk the track circumference on Saturday practice day (I hobble most of the way when my boot collapses) and almost get blown off the top of the grandstand stairs. Why are we doing this? In bitterly cold gale-force winds? It’s tradition, I know. Graham offers me a chance to sit, sympathy and the promise of a new pair of boots. He does look after me. We hope for nicer weather and look forward to a seat in the grandstand all day tomorrow.
Race day is sunny, still, and almost warm. This is more like the summer we were expecting. We meet more friendly Brits cheering on their riders. All in all it’s a fun day, even if Casey comes second.

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The bike park at Silverstone

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Race day

 
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Our grandstand neighbour: Spencer from London

Dinner Sunday night is with Kevin and Hilary. Kev, who works with Alistair, helped select and buy our bike for us. Taking them for a thank-you dinner is the least we can do. They’re a delightful couple, our age, who like fishing and cows and mystery weekend rides. We share our Robin Hood cemetery story. They appreciate that.

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About grahamandjo

Graham (aka husband aka Harry to some) and Jo are fulfilling a long-held dream to revisit Europe; retrace some old paths from our mid-20s youth and forge some new ones. And nothing, not a daughter's pregnancy or mass redundancies at work, will stop us having the most awesome time. Friends, family and anyone else who's interested are welcome to drop by. Our trip is for 4 months; can't promise I'll maintain the blog that long. Photos can be found on Facebook if you know us there.
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