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Old 5 May 2010, 22:59 (Ref:2685077)   #1
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Brands Hatch Masters Festival

Hello, all! I'm a lifelong racing enthusiast from the States (mom says I would kick in the womb when the cars went by, and she spent a good part of her pregnancy turning a Midget into a race car with my dad and the driver). I'm headed to the UK for a wedding and, lo and behold, the timing works out for me and the wife to catch the last day of the Brands Hatch Masters Festival. I already ordered my tickets and I'm very excited but I know next to nothing about the venue from a viewer's standpoint, so I thought I would throw myself at the mercy of you fellows and see if anyone had any advice to maximize the experience. I'm already squared away for accomodations in London, but I'd love to hear which corners I should stand on, whether I should spring for the grandstand seats, where to get good food around the track, anything along those lines.

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Old 6 May 2010, 06:55 (Ref:2685156)   #2
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Hi Erik. Brands Hatch is an excellent circuit for viewing - it's much more undulating than it appears in photos. I suggest that you have a look round the paddock, then make your way slowly up the hill to the Druids hairpin. From there, you can walk across to the straight running down to Hawthorns, watching the cars go by as you do so. There is a bridge where you can cross to the inside of the circuit, and you can then walk round, fairly close to the action.

I don't usually go to circuits as a spectator, but I think you'll find that most of the grandstands will be free admission.

As for food - I suggest you have a Full English Breakfast at the hotel, so you won't feel too hungry during the day...
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Old 6 May 2010, 07:56 (Ref:2685190)   #3
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Welcome Erik.
One of the best English meetings of the year. I wouldn't bother with grandstand tickets, it's on the full circuit so I would take a walk round, it's not often used these days. Paddock Hill bend is the favourite spectator point, followed by Druids. I would cross the bridge to the inside of Druids. Definately have a walk round to Hawthorns, Westfield and Dingle Dell and then up to Clark Curve.
I'll be attending as a marshal and will have to drive through London to get there, so if you guys want a lift you're quite welcome, you can then get breakfast at the circuit with the rerst of us marshals.
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Old 6 May 2010, 08:46 (Ref:2685214)   #4
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The "Pitstopper" breakfast at the Kentagon is very good (and huge), and is best enjoyed whilst listening to the banter of the marshals (corner workers in US racing parlance).
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Old 6 May 2010, 08:59 (Ref:2685220)   #5
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Best overall view is from the grandstand at the top of Paddock bend but I would advise you walk the entire outside of the circuit, it takes about an hour at a leisurely pace. As for food then Hailwoods in the outer paddock is pretty good now, I steer clear of the burger vans.
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Old 6 May 2010, 09:01 (Ref:2685221)   #6
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Sorry Alan, served in Hailwoods, not the Kentagon
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Old 6 May 2010, 09:17 (Ref:2685226)   #7
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Does anyone know anything about entries for the various classes? Particularly interested in the sportscar masters and the 70s prototypes/interserie. Agree with the previous posts. Brands is a great little circuit with many good spectating opportunities. Inside of Druids is my favorite.
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Old 6 May 2010, 09:26 (Ref:2685229)   #8
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I agree with Tim - the grandstand on the outside of Paddock gives a great view all the way from Clearways, along the pit straight, through Paddock and up to Druids. You lose a bit of site round Druids but then catch them coming out and down the hill to Graham Hill bend and the Cooper straight.

But a walk up to Druids then round the back is also a good idea.
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Old 6 May 2010, 09:48 (Ref:2685238)   #9
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Food at hailwoods is excellent and pretty reasonably priced, don't buy from any of the burger vans..

According to the fixture guide grandstand seats are 5 a day.

Personally I wouldn't bother with grandstand seats especially if its your first visit to the circuit as you will probably want to walk around the back. If you are doing so its advisable to bring a radio as there are no speakers on the GP loop and I believe 87.7FM is in use at all meetings this year. And if its raining bring some boots as dingle dell/westfield gets very muddy!
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Does anyone know anything about entries for the various classes? Particularly interested in the sportscar masters and the 70s prototypes/interserie. Agree with the previous posts. Brands is a great little circuit with many good spectating opportunities. Inside of Druids is my favorite.
Details arrived this morning with entrant, 70's/interserie are garaged, it would appear entrants tickets are 'limited' but as yet not issued. This will be 'my mans' first race with B21 other than that I'm orf till Brands...
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Old 6 May 2010, 11:56 (Ref:2685302)   #11
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Old 6 May 2010, 12:39 (Ref:2685328)   #12
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Come up to Race Control and ask for me - I'm sure I can arrange a trip round the circuit in the Course Car.
I've had so much hospitality in the US, it would be nice to be able to reciprocate
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Erik that is an invitation few of us have had and rarely one with a happy ending ;o)
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I'll come round and annoy you Terence as my daughter wants to come down and talk shop and watch the cars so I'll be showing her around.
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