Rachel Clarke was the winner of our competition in partnership with Shell V Power to send a Fan Ambassador to Abu Dhabi.
The two day adventure takes in Ferrari World with its record breaking roller coaster and an insight into Shell’s partnership with Ferrari. Here are Rachel’s thoughts as she set off this weekend on her journey. Rachel will meet with bloggers and other people active in social media from around the world.
Rachel Clarke writes: Do you enter competitions? I’ve been entering them a lot more over the last year, winning a few things like a month’s supply of yoghurt and a wine tasting at a local restaurant. But these were easy to enter, just a re-tweet, or fill in a quick form. When I saw the Shell V-Power Fan Ambassador competition on here, I nearly didn’t enter. Having to write a mini-post and then make a video was going to be hard work, I had to question whether I was up for it. But I took the challenge and here I am, packed and ready to fly to Abu Dhabi for a weekend doing…something.
I say something, as I’m still not sure what it is we’re going to subject to. I’ve gone and hunted down the reports from the Shell V-Power Network of Champions, the bloggers from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the Philippines who have been part of the programme over the past year. They’ve been to the Shell development labs to see how fuel is made and taken a trip to Maranello, to drive Ferraris around the track there and to tour the factory. From all the accounts, the experiences have been superb. But what have we got in store for us this trip?
All I know is from the itinerary sitting in front of me. We have a 4 hour slot for track activity; we need to take our driving licences but there’s no clue what we will be driving, which means I’m working my way through the Yas Marina circuit website staring at the cars and deciding which one I would love to drive. We get time at Ferrari World, which for me has to be roller coasters. The rest of the place looks good, but come on, the fastest roller coaster in the world has to be first on my list. In between these activities, there’s space for presentations and Q&As, time to connect with my fellow ambassadors and time to laze by the pool. Plus time to take pictures, videos and make memories to bring back to everyone here and on my blogs. You can follow me on Twitter @rachelclarkef1 to get my immediate reactions.
To say I’m excited is probably an understatement, but I’m doing my best to contain it, well, at least until I hit the airport. Then all restraint will probably go. A very large thank you to Shell V-Power for arranging the programme and to James for running the competition, I’m looking forward to what promises to be a great time.