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Posted By: James Allen  |  26 Jul 2012   |  2:23 pm GMT  |  2,415 comments

We’ve had some pretty exciting competitions on JA on F1 over the years and have sent many first time fans to Grands Prix, who would not have had the chance to go otherwise.

But I’m delighted to say that we now have our most exciting competition ever!

Thanks to Shell, the title sponsor of the event, I have four pairs of VIP Grandstand tickets to the Belgian Grand Prix, Sunday 2nd September, at the world famous Spa Francorchamps circuit.

But that’s not all…

We want your journey to the race to be just as memorable, which is why Shell is also giving you and a friend the chance to join six other lucky F1 fans on the Ultimate F1 road trip from London to Belgium, departing the Friday before the race.

As you’d expect, the road trip will be fuelled by Shell V-Power unleaded; UK fans may have seen Jake Humphrey’s BBC’s item last season about how close V Power F1 fuel is to road fuel – when they put it in Alonso’s car at Fiorano test track, the road fuel was a few tenths slower – it was actually faster on the straights, but slower on acceleration out of the corners.

We’ll also equip you with flipcams and photo cameras to record your journey highlights and the fun along the way for a road trip video which we will post on JA on F1.

Once you get to Spa, you will spend two nights at a luxury hotel as well as an evening meal which I will attend, where we can discuss predictions for the weekend ahead.

This amazing experience also includes:

Access to the exclusive Shell Eau Rouge hospitality suite with a stunning view of the iconic Eau Rouge corner (considered by many F1 drivers as the most challenging of the entire season)

• A chance to test out your own F1 driving skills on the state-of-the-art Shell Professional Simulator Experience developed in collaboration with Ferrari. The simulator uses some of the most advanced modelling techniques in the world to replicate the movement of the car and the surface of the track. The driver sits in a genuine Scuderia Ferrari chassis which was made at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. Even the steering wheel features genuine F1 electronics to give you a real feeling of what it is like to drive one of these cars around Spa-Francorchamps!

• We’re also throwing in transfers to and from the race, return travel from Brussels back to London and some spending money thrown in too

All you have to do is tell us in no more than 150 words about the best road trip you have ever had. Leave your submission in the comments section below then get your friends and family to vote for you by clicking “Reply” on your post and leaving their (very brief) message of support.

Use the Facebook likes and Twitter links below to alert as many people you know as possible to your entry.

Post a link to the competition in your Facebook page and other social media platforms, encouraging friends to back your bid.

Four lucky winners will be chosen from the top 10 most voted-for submissions. You can check your progress by looking at the leader board, which we will post regularly and will show who has the most votes and who is in the lead!

*Entry closes on Monday 13th at 9am UK time.

Please read the Terms and Conditions below carefully before entering – Good luck to everyone!

Message from Shell about V-Power Fuels:
Shell V-Power fuels’ unique double action formulations are designed to actively clean the engine and protect vital engine parts to help deliver more power. Shell V-Power Gasoline & Diesel, advanced technology fuels, are available at Shell sites throughout the UK. Shell V-Power is the culmination of over 60 years of innovation and shared passion for performance with Ferrari in the motorsports arena, and their longstanding technical partnership has powered 12 World Championship Drivers’ titles and 10 Formula One World Constructors’ Championship titles. So next time you fill up, why not try it?

Terms and conditions


This document sets out the terms and conditions of your participation in the Shell V-Power Road Trip – Formula One™ Shell Belgian Grand Prix (the “Event”), including the competition to win participation in the Event, the ownership of any audio and video recordings made by Shell International Petroleum Company Limited incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 0621148 whose registered office is at Shell Centre, London, SE1 7NA (the “Organiser”) or its employees, agents or representatives during the Event and your liability in connection with the Event. References in this document to “you” or “your” are references to the person named below.

Participant information:

Date of birth:
Telephone number:


By entering this competition, you declare:

(i) that you have fully read, understood, acknowledge and will fully comply with Sections A, B, C and D below; and
(ii) that you will fully comply with any and all instructions of the Organiser, its agents and representatives issued from time to time in respect of the entire Event.

Terms and Conditions of Participation

The following terms and conditions of participation apply during the entire Event:

(A) Your undertakings/obligations

(i) you take part in the Event on your own account and at your own risk and liability;
(ii) you are aware of the potential hazards associated with your participation in the Event;
(iii) you will not be under the influence of drugs, medication or alcohol before or during participation at the Event;
(iv) you are completely healthy at the time of the Event and not suffering from any illness that may impair your ability to take part or interfere with or endanger your participation;
(v) you are aware that the Organiser has adequate insurance cover at the time of participation and will not offer or provide any insurance cover in addition to such insurances;
(vi) you will adhere to all health and safety briefings provided by the Organiser;
(vii) you will take part in all activities as laid out by the Organiser and will be under the supervision of the Organiser , its employees, agents or representatives at all times.

The Organiser reserves the right to exclude any party from the Event immediately should such party contravene any of the above terms and conditions. Such contravention may also lead to claims for damages, liability and legal claims by the Organiser or its agents against such party.

(B) Audio and Video Rights

You are aware that audio and video recordings (including photographs) may be made of the Event by the Organiser, its representatives, agents or third parties. You agree that the Organiser, and any person with the Organiser’s permission, may freely use, make digital images of, modify, and/or publish, all or part of such recordings in any media anywhere in the world for any proper commercial, educational or artistic purposes, with or without your name or a fictitious name, and with or without other material, including text, film recordings and photographs. You hereby waive and release the Organiser, and any person acting with the Organiser’s permission, from any claims relating to the Organiser’s use of the recording(s), including, but not limited to, claims for libel, invasion of privacy or payment of any kind. The Organiser undertakes that it shall use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the views expressed by you in the course of the recording/filming/photography are not misrepresented or misused.

(C) Disclaimer of Liability

To the fullest extent permitted by law, you hereby:

(i) waive any right to commence any proceedings whatsoever against the Organiser, its officials, staff, employees, directors, representatives and the companies which control, which are controlled by and which are associated with the Organiser (the “Exempted Parties”), releasing them from any liability whatsoever towards you, your heirs and beneficiaries, for any loss or damage, claim or demand whatsoever caused by personal injury or damage to property or with the subsequent death of you following or in connection with the Event, whether resulting from the fault of the Exempted Parties or another cause;
(ii) agree to indemnify, hold harmless and release all the Exempted Parties and each of them from any loss, liability damage or costs whatsoever sustained because of or in connection with the Event, whether caused by your own fault or another cause;
(iii) assume full liability for any risks of physical injury, death or damage to property caused by or relating to the Event, whether caused by the fault of the Exempted Parties or another cause.

(D) Main Competition Terms

• Participation in the competition is open anyone aged 18 and over, save for employees and contractors of Shell Group companies and Shell retailers/multiple site operators (MSOs) and their staff who are not eligible to participate.
• The promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone it deems unsuitable or unable to take part.
• Winners may be required to submit valid identification and proof of age at any stage of the competition and/or before receiving their prize.
• The winners must be available for final selection on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th August 2012.
• By entering the competition, participants agree that their personal data submitted as part of the registration process will be stored and processed by the promoter as data controller in accordance with applicable data protection laws for the purpose(s) of administering/operating the competition.
• Any failure to adhere to these terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.

The competition entry period is between 18.00 AM BST on 26th July 2012 and 23:59 PM BST on 12th August 2012 (the “Entry Period”).

To enter the competition eligible participants should submit a response of no more than 150 words to the following question on www.jamesallenonf1.com during the Entry Period:

“Tell us about your favourite roadtrip?”

Participants may only enter the competition ONCE. Multiple entries from the same participant using different IP addresses will not be accepted.

Participants can post the competition link to their personal social media networks and call on their friends and family to vote for them on the competition page. Participants with the most amount of support/votes from friends and family will appear on the leaderboard in order of votes. The promoter will be responsible for updating the leaderboard daily.

The top ten as it stands at 09-00 AM BST on Monday 13th August 2012 will be contacted via Skype, interviewed by the promoter and asked “What has most excited you about this F1 season?” following which promoter and an independent judge will decide on the competition winners, who will be contacted on 15th August 2012. If no response to such notification is received by the promoter from a winner within 24 hours of 15th August 2012, the judges will select a new winner without any liability to the original winner.

There will be four competition winners who will each receive 2 Eau Rouge tickets to the Formula One™ Shell Belgian Grand Prix worth £650, which will be valid for the dates of the Spa Grand Prix, 31st August – 2nd September, ONLY.

The prize includes travel arrangements from London to Spa and back for him/her (and those of his/her fellow ticket holder). This includes taking part in the ‘Shell V-Power Road Trip’ where the winners will travel in a hired vehicle for the outward journey and for the days in Spa. Winners will not have the opportunity to drive themselves.

The prize includes the following:
• Transport for 8 people for the duration of the trip in two Shell V-Power branded vehicles. Transport will be picked up in the UK to take the winners via the Channel tunnel to Spa (Friday). Winners will not get the chance to drive either vehicle, which will be fuelled by Shell V-Power Unleaded
• 2 nights’ accommodation in a four star hotel close to Spa
• 2 nights’ accommodation in the 4 star Novotel, Waterloo in the UK on the nights of 30th August and 2nd September 2012
• Eau Rouge VIP tickets granting grandstand access to the race on Sunday and other privileges
• Flipcams to capture the fun along the way (only where filming and photography is permitted, e.g. not within F1™ circuit boundaries)
• Use of the Shell Professional Simulator within the hospitality suite
• Return Eurostar [FULLY FLEXIBLE BUSINESS PREMIER CLASS] from Brussels to London (Sunday)
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day

Winners are responsible for their own transport to London and back plus any additional items not otherwise stated in these terms and conditions, together with all costs associated there with. These are NOT included in the prize.

You will be required to take photos and capture video content on your journey and write about it on your return. The Organiser will equip you with the tools to do this. You must write up your own personal experience of the trip within 48 hours of returning from the trip and send it to fiona.mchugh@edelman.com. All content generated will be subject to approval by James Allen and Shell and is not guaranteed to be posted on www.jamesallenonf1.com. No cash alternative is available for the prize nor can the prize be exchanged for an alternative prize.

The promoter will arrange for delivery of the tickets to each winner’s home address (or such other address as nominated by the winner) minimum 10 days before the event, at the promoter’s expense.

The promoter may: i) extend any time limit; ii) waive any of these terms and conditions where a person might otherwise be disqualified (without obliging the promoter to waive these terms and conditions or any of them in any other case whatsoever); and iii) where the prize becomes unavailable for whatever reason, substitute a prize of equal or greater value . The promoter reserves the right to use a winner’s details and photographs/video filming and image rights for publicity and in advertising, marketing or promotional material in any media worldwide and all intellectual property and moral rights in respect of the same vest automatically and entirely and exclusively with the promoter without additional compensation to the winner. In entering the competition, all participants consent to the same. The promoter reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition or these terms and conditions at any time, in whole or in part, with or without notice or compensation, whether due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control or otherwise.

The name of the winners will be available to view at www.jamesallenonf1.com from 15th August 2012.

Late or fraudulent (at the promoter’s sole and absolute discretion) entries and those not in accordance with these terms and conditions will not be accepted. The promoter’s decision shall be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into.

Copyright in all competition entries vests in the promoter and in entering the competition all entrants consent to the same.

The promoter’s maximum aggregate liability to any participant under or in connection with the competition or these terms and conditions shall be limited to £650 (the promotional value of prize).

The promoter shall not be liable under or in connection with these terms and conditions, the competition or using a prize for any indirect, special or consequential cost, expense, loss or damage suffered or incurred by any participant even if such cost, expense, loss or damage was reasonably foreseeable or might reasonably have been contemplated by the participant and the promoter and whether arising from breach of contract, tort, negligence, breach of statutory duty or otherwise.

The promoter does not accept responsibility for (1) any technical or access issue, failure, malfunction or difficulty that might hinder a participant’s entry to or participation during the competition or (2) any event beyond its reasonable control which may cause the competition to be disrupted or corrupted (3) any costs, taxes or expenses incurred by any participant in connection with the competition.

These terms and conditions are governed by and shall be interpreted in accordance with English law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. In entering the competition, participants consent to the same.

The promoter is James Allen on F1.com

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  1. Nil says:

    This has me drooling already!

    1. Wayne says:

      Fantastic competition, congratulations to JA, Shell and F1 fans everywhere. Unfortunately, I’ve nver been on a ‘road trip’ exactly, although I have driven on a lot of roads ;) Good luck to everyone.

    2. Stephen Lott says:

      Good luck andy pandyyyyy

      1. Ruth says:

        Stephen you’ve done it in the wrong place we are number 10 !!! stop supporting other poeple!

    3. Emma Arnold says:

      Really hope his dreams come true!
      Good Luck

    4. Nil says:

      We had to make an unscheduled medical trip and I thought it wouldn’t be right to enter the competition. I’ll share my experience here anyway. :)

      It was the summer of 2006. Fernando Alonso was leading the championship and it seemed Michael Schumacher didn’t have an answer to stop Alonso from becoming the youngest double world champion, yet. We were a band of six young recent graduates; two of us were diehard fans and the rest were enthusiastic newbies. We got tickets for the American GP in Indianapolis on the 4th of July long weekend. All of us were broke and couldn’t afford air tickets or lodging after getting the race tickets. A part of the problem was solved when a friend in Bloomington (150 miles from the circuit) told us he’d be happy to have us over. Now neither of us had driven more than 50 miles in our lives let alone make a 700 mile road trip across the country from Philadelphia to Indianapolis. We got a rental car – a Dodge minivan – and left on Friday night aiming to get there early on Saturday. With lots of coffee, Red Bull and driving that only 22 year olds with a new set of wheels can do, we made the trip in 10 hours with no halts. We were about a mile from the race track when one of us rolled the windows down. What I heard next gave me goosebumps and is a moment that can only be understood by someone who has been an F1 fan all his life and hears an F1 engine roar the first time for real. Maybe this is what the first audience to Beethoven’s Fifth felt like.

      We were not too far from the circuit but we were late and stuck in traffic getting into the circuit. I was like a little kid in a candy store when we finally got to the stands! I was enthusiastically trying to explain the rules and who the drivers were and who to watch out for to my friends who were new to the sport but the noise was so loud that we needed earplugs and couldn’t really hear each other from two feet apart.

      We were on the first corner on race day and on the first lap there was a horrible incident when Juan Pablo Montoya clipped Kimi which led to a massive six car shunt with Nick Hiedfeld cartwheeling into the gravel trap. That was an extremely scary moment. We saw on the screen soon that Nick was alright and the race was underway with the Safety Car out. Massa was leading the race for a while and then Schumacher started reeling him down. Alonso seemed to develop some problem (?) and fell down the order to fifth. The race ended with Michael winning and what was the beginning of the Ferrari resurgence that would take the fight down to the end of the season. As soon as the checkered flag was waved we ran down to the podium to see Schumacher, Massa and Fisichella spray the champagne. We were so dazzled by the whole experience with our ears still ringing that no one noticed the gas light go on in our minivan a few miles out of the race track. We ran out of fuel and were stranded on the highway for the next hour. But somehow that felt alright after what had been the most amazing road trip we’d ever had!

      USGP 2006 Qualiflying: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nileshkaria/sets/72157600369247942/

      USGP 2006 Raceday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nileshkaria/sets/72157600369248330/

      USGP weekend road trip: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nileshkaria/sets/72157600369248652/

  2. Alex Smith says:

    The best road trip I ever had was from San Francisco to Phoenix, Arizona, stopping at Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon on the way. It was life changing. So many great experiences and so much amazing scenery on the way. I saw things I never dreamt of seeing, all from the passenger seat of a Corvette. Doing Route 66 in an American icon of a car was so special, and probably the greatest thing I have ever done. The only one that could beat it is the one to Spa. My favourite circuit on the calendar. Always has been, always will be.

    1. Bring Back Murray says:

      There’s only a handful of tracks left now where you can really trace F1 back to its routes, and Spa is most definitely one of them.

      Don’t let that Hermann Tilke anywhere near it!

      1. Speed demon says:

        Yep, I totally agree bring F1 back to it’s routes!

    2. Rob Sinfield says:

      My best road trip was in 2004, following the route of the first week of ‘ Le Tour de France’, which oddly started in Belgium that year!

      My son and I spent a brilliant, sunny, ten days driving to different tour stages in Belgium and France in our trusty 1959 Morris Minor, called Olive. A slow but dependable car the locals loved her and she was photographed wherever we stopped.

      On our tour we visited beautiful places such as Liege, Namur, Arras, and many villages in between.

      In Namur, to the west of Spa, we were thrilled to meet cycling legend Eddy Merckx, who was astonished we had driven from England in such an old car.

      800+ miles in a 45 year old car with not a single breakdown, living mostly off frites and mayonnaise. Now THAT is a great road trip.

      1. Harry Charles says:

        Sounds like a fantastic trip! Mega jealous! Good luck!

      2. Bibi says:

        Sounds great. Good luck!

      3. Alistair McDonald says:

        Awesome life-changing experience. Prolly even more for your son than for you.

      4. carol says:

        Good times! Just wondering, do you still have the great car or know what happened to it.

      5. Ellen Walker says:

        Fantastic no that is what I would call a real road trip!

      6. Sophie_G_Paris says:

        What a great trip, especially for your son. Wee done ;)

      7. Paul Whittenbury says:

        A road trip like that, following the Tour de France, sounds awesome. Glad you had a great trip.

      8. EFFENNBEE says:

        Get it sorted GPD… Otherwise there will be trouble!!

      9. Great trip, once in a lifetime experience. Enjoyed reading your story. Good luck!

      10. Alistair Clare says:

        Good Luck GPD

      11. Barb says:

        Good luck! :)

      12. Sounds like a brilliant road trip, obviously you must have left “those” jackets behind in the UK as the French would never have photographed the Morris Minor over your undoubted and cutting edge satorial elegance!

      13. Morten says:

        Good luck

      14. well done olive putting up with them 2

      15. John says:

        Hope you eat better if you go to Spa

      16. Morten says:

        Would’ve liked that! Good luck.

      17. Rowenna Pederson says:

        Amazing road trip! Good luck GPD!

      18. Matt says:

        Nice one Rob, get in there!

        Mr JA, here be your winner!

      19. Hannah Thorlby says:

        sounds fantastic, good luck and hope you win xx

      20. Lianne says:

        Good luck to you :)

      21. Aggio5 says:

        Great story Rob. Eddy Mercks, Frites with Mayonaise and Spa Francorchamps, all what’s famous for Belgium in one trip. The race in Francorchamps is the the most thrilling on the calendar and I attended it since early 80s. Unforgetable moments… Hope you win those tickets.

      22. Motorvoicetweet says:

        Sounds cool. Best of luck.

      23. Motorvoicetweet says:

        Good Luck

      24. David Cornish says:

        Good luck!

      25. Luke Smith says:

        aha nice! Good luck :)

      26. alex green says:

        got to be a winner

      27. Dan Smith says:

        Good luck GPD

      28. Aida says:

        Who else to go on a road trip together, than dad and son. Unforgettable for the son! An opportunity to show of for the dad. That is if you can still do that with today’s kids! ;) Rob is the winner :)

      29. John B. says:

        More of this sort of thing should be done by Dad and Son together.Sounds great. Well done Rob.

      30. Fdimoncar says:

        Best of luck, Mr. GPD!

      31. Wish you all the luck, Rob.

      32. @JvBF1 says:

        OK then, you have my vote, despite the fact that your head will probably swell larger still. Hope you win. If you do, make it good and not just “me me me – namedrop – me”. Cheers, JvB

      33. james says:

        Good luck mate

      34. Raul says:

        Awesome! Good luck!

  3. Mile says:

    Is this only for the UK residents?

      1. Galapago555 says:

        I’ve realised that. This season it looks like all the competitions are open to all the readers, no matter their country of residence.

        This increases the international profile of the site and it’s main intention (IMO), to bring the fans closer to the sport.

        Muchas gracias desde España, James.

      2. Galapago555 says:

        Please EDIT: “…and ITS main intention…”

  4. Andy Dudley says:

    The greatest road trip I’ve been on was a tour of Northern Europe in a 3.2l Audi TT Roadster, taking the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, and on to Amsterdam. I’d never believed how flat Hollland actually was! We then drove south to Cologne in Germany and onwards to the Nürburgring where we did 4 laps of the old Nordschleife. You really got a feel for how thrilling (and dangerous) it was for some of my Grand Prix heroes such as Hunt, Lauda, Stewart, Moss, Hill and Fangio as they tore round the 13 miles of German countryside. Leaving Germany we went through Belgium, near to Spa, but sadly couldn’t stop before heading to Brussels. An overnight stay in the capital then we had lunch in Bruges before the ferry back to the UK. I’d love to get to Spa Francorchamps one day.

    1. Jess says:

      My dad so deserves this x

      1. Rae Cox says:

        totally agree

      2. Jodie parker says:

        Great opportunity and experience to share between son in law and father in law. Andy is very deserving – such a great guy!

    2. Jo Wenlock says:

      Great story Andy. Good luck and I really hope my Dad gets to live his dream too. x

    3. Thomas Wenlock says:

      Gd luck uncle andy. I want to go too :)

      1. Jo Wenlock says:

        Love it, good luck. x

    4. Adrienne says:

      Sounds wicked….I can see why you’d want to go back and finish the experience….not jealous at all!

    5. Sam Gaylor says:

      Sounds like a good time. I’m more the cycling road trip type of person but yeah Holland is reportedly flat. Good for cycling!

    6. Chorlton says:

      Sounds like a great trip!

    7. Michelle Crowley says:

      Sounds like a wonderful road trip but such a shame you didn’t get to the Spa on that occasion. Would be lovely if you could make it this time.

    8. Rob Godfrey says:

      Good luck with this Andy.

    9. Smc says:

      Excellent stuff, sounds like you had a fantastic time

    10. Dave says:

      Ooo fingers crossed! that sounds like an amazing opportunity! :)

    11. emma boyden says:

      sounds fab :D xx

    12. Tony says:

      Good luck, hope you get to Spa.

    13. Rob Welsh says:

      Sounds like a wonderful trip, hope you get to go to spa and put the cherry on top!

    14. Megan says:

      So want to do this!

    15. Chrissie says:

      The road trip sounds amazing, Hope you do get to go to Spa. Good luck :)

    16. Andrew says:

      GD Luck Andy!! It’d be a dream for pops to get a trip to Spa…he loves that circuit!

    17. Helen Jones says:

      sounds like a fabulous trip, especially in a TT roadster! :)

    18. Chris L says:

      Sounds pretty awesome. Good luck Andy!

    19. Nigel Dudley says:

      What a lovely thing to plan for your f-I-l! Here’s wishing you every success so that you can enjoy your love of moto racing together at this great venue.

    20. Vikki says:

      Good luck with this competion hope u achieve your goal x

    21. Alan Dudley says:

      In the words of legend Murray Walker, when the five lights go out it’s Go Go Go. Hope you get pole position.

    22. Lesley says:

      Good Luck to Jess’s Dad – hope he gets his dream trip x

    23. Tori says:

      Good luck x

    24. Ian Marsh says:

      Andy, sounds like a high octane blast.

      All the best; from the USA :-)


    25. Jon Dudley says:

      I’m commenting on this from the other side of the world strangely enough embarking on my own road trip through the U.S. Yesterday I did a six hour jaunt from Yosemite national park to Furnace Creek, the heart of Death Valley, in a Dodge Charger. Temperatures this morning are currently 101 Degrees, expecting them to peak around midday at 120 – truly is the hottest place on earth. I know the gent whom Andy wishes to take to Spa, he to has a passion for the touring the U.S. and I can now see why. Gary deserves to go.

      1. Sounds amazing, good luck..

      2. Alan Dudley says:

        You seem to be enjoying your holiday Jon.
        Hope Jenny is too. Look forward to the photo’s

    26. liana mitchell says:

      good luck x

    27. Nessie says:

      That sounds like a pretty fantastic trip Andy. Good luck! x

    28. Steve Harris says:

      Spa is THE race. I was there the year Schumi was disqualified and the victory was gifted to Damon. If you win you MUST spectate at the bottom of Eau Rouge.

      The best racetrack in F1. Bar none


    29. Adam B says:

      good luck

    30. Judy Panes says:

      Fingers and toes crossed for you! :)) xx

    31. Sounds amazing, good luck all…

    32. Diane Butcher says:

      Good luck Andy!

      1. salina kalair says:

        good luck!!

    33. emma kane says:

      good luck x

    34. emily simmonds says:

      Good luck luv the story hope you win. Xx

    35. Kathryn Matthews says:

      Good Luck :-)

    36. Ron Ball says:

      What a fantastic think to do for your Dad Jess the chance to experience Formula 1 first hand live and at such a fantastic.track . His blood vessels will burst with excitement and expectation ad the race approaches. Then you have the best piece of race track in
      The world “Ou Rouge ” is awesome all F 1 drivers love it
      I wish you all the luck in
      The world
      Best Wishes

    37. Sarah Keane says:

      Good luck Jess!

    38. Sarah says:

      Good luck Andy!

      1. tina says:

        plz make his dream come true

    39. Liz Middleton says:

      Good luck!! :)

    40. Mark Round says:

      Sounds like you had a better road trip than me Andy. I still have nightmares of Holland after a hellish journey through Haarlem at night with a German metal fan at the wheel of an Golf GTI.
      I think he was trying to make up for the Dutch flatness by taking every corner on two wheels. The fact he was stoned out of his mind can’t have helped either.

    41. Good Luck, fantastic story, best of luck!

    42. jacquei lee says:

      Good luck x

    43. Ruth says:

      Hope you get there!

    44. Sally says:

      Best of luck Andy – really hope you win this for your father in law! :-)

    45. Amy says:

      Awesome story and goodluck :-)

    46. Howdwil says:

      Sparetomato, sounds wonderful you have Warwickshires Finest full support.
      Hope you win for your Dad.

    47. Sati says:

      Good luck Andy. Great Story.

    48. Sarbjeet says:

      Great story, best of luck and hope you win. Great thing to do for your father.

    49. Kamla Shergill says:

      Great story Andy and good luck. :)

    50. Elaine Thornett says:

      Good luck!

    51. A vote from The Gatecrashers Party Band. x

    52. Daniel Langan says:

      Fantastic story Andy, sounds like some amazing memories. Good luck with the competition!

    53. Laura fisher says:

      Great story! Fingers crossed for you. :-) pick Andy!

    54. Neil Moloney says:

      GO GO GO!!!!

      Good Luck Andy

    55. Dawn says:

      Good luck x

    56. clarence says:

      sounds amazing!

    57. Sarah says:

      Good luck Andy, hope you win!

    58. Emma Guildford says:

      Good luck. x

    59. Pam Neaves says:

      Sounds wonderful…fingers crossed!

    60. Sounds amazing, good luck Andy!!

    61. Murray says:


    62. Caroline says:

      You certainly came back from that trip buzzing. I hope you make it to Spa.

    63. Ian Mercer says:

      Incredible prize. Very jealous. Good luck!

    64. Keeley Davy says:

      Wow would love to do something like his but am to scared! Good luck. x

    65. Sarah Randell says:

      Good luck Andy

    66. Natalie Oakley says:

      Defo deserves it!

    67. Adam Mills says:

      Best of luck Andy – it’s always good to see such amazing prizes going to proper fans of the sport and right now, you’re right up there. Pick Andy – that’s the opinion of @BadgerGP

    68. Matt G says:

      Sounds great – loves the Nurburgring!!! Rather a TT than the Vectra I took round a few years ago!

    69. ross mallon says:

      i hope you get to go

    70. Rob Hayes says:

      Wow! Amazing! Best of luck!

    71. Andy Vargo says:

      Hi, wish you all the best with this, cheers

    72. OptimusClaire says:

      I hope you win! :)

    73. Jen says:

      Sounds awesome! I’ll be jealous if you win!

    74. Dave Parker says:

      Good luck Andy!

    75. Marit says:

      Good luck! :D

    76. Tim Crowley says:

      As they say in Belgium, veel geluk (at least, that’s what Google tells me is ‘good luck’ – hope it’s not something rude!) Andy – all the best with this.

    77. As the world’s leading writer of none-gardening-based comedy science fiction, I’d just like to say that I am happy to lend my support to my good friend Andy.

      (Professor Hughes would like to add that when he built the Nurburgring as an experimental form of asymmetric particle collider, he was initially unhappy that people kept driving around on its roof, but over the years he came to appreciate the spectacle. He would also like to add his support to this cause).

    78. steve B says:

      Good Luck Andy, sounds like a great road trip so far… let’s hope you get to Spa and Eau Rouge in 2012!

    79. Tej Grewal says:

      Could not think of a more fitting gift for a lifelong and devoted fan of F1. Would lend my support for F1 day drip.

    80. Great story and good luck!

    81. Sue R says:

      Good luck xxx

    82. Jon says:

      Would love to go round the Nürburgring, wouldn’t mind going to Spa either! Good luck.

    83. Roadie says:

      As roadie do I get to come along too if you win?
      Good luck

    84. Martin says:

      I wander how long that would take on a narrow boat :-) ? Maybe complete the same trip around 2030 :-) m

    85. Laura McKenzie says:

      Good Luck!

    86. Ron Ball says:

      Go for it Andy we will then have another one too add to the Silverstone throng next season as once you see a Live GP then you want the adrenalin rush of more more more

    87. Angelos says:

      Good luck amigo!

    88. Tony Holmes says:

      awesome, good luck

    89. Chris Wenlock says:

      Good luck uncle andy, Grandad will love it!

    90. Marcus says:

      Hope this works

    91. Alison Mercer says:

      Good luck!

    92. bridie gray says:

      Good Luck boys!!

    93. Gowan Miller says:

      Good luck Andy, really hope you make it, can we all come along too? :D

    94. Shaila Premchand says:

      Andy it sounds like an amazing drive. Hope you
      make it.
      Good Luck.

    95. Pat Parkes says:

      What a wonderful thing to try and win for your father in law! Good luck, Andy and hopefully you will be able to go on the road trip of a lifetime together, and Gary will be able to fulfil his dream of seeing a live Formula One race!

      Best Wishes,


    96. Maureen Smith says:

      What a lucky Father in law
      Good luck to you both xx

    97. Ben says:

      All the best with this Andy!

    98. Laura says:

      Good luck Andy!

    99. Cal Carvill says:

      Sounds great mate
      Hope you get to go
      Good luck

    100. Robin says:

      Good Luck Andy! Looks awesome so I really hope you win!

    101. David says:

      A mammoth roadtrip that sounds like it deserves to be followed by one to Spa.

    102. Kirsty says:

      Good luck Andy!

    103. Good luck to you, Andy! You’re a terrific son-in-law! :)

    104. Maria says:

      Good luck to you both – what an awesome thing! :)

    105. Tom Liljeholm says:

      Best of luck to the both of you. :)

    106. ellen parker says:

      Andy – What a great trip!! Good luck for the Spa tickets. Having seen your Dad in full ferrari gear at a badgergp event I can tell how much you’d both enjoy it live!

    107. James says:

      Great story, you have my vote – hope you win!

    108. Jat Singh says:

      Goodluck, hope you win this one

    109. Gwyn James says:

      Great story Andy, sounds like an awesome trip. Good luck!

    110. Meryl says:

      Good luck! Hope you win the tickets :-)

    111. Jay says:

      Hi Andy – sorry I posted this in the wrong place before!


    112. Good luck Andy and Gary, hope you get to live your dream. x

    113. Yvonne Roberts says:

      All the best.

    114. Martin Broadhurst says:

      You’ve got my vote!

    115. Peter Tooke says:

      Fantastic idea Andy. Good luck

    116. Jamm says:

      I vote for Andy!

    117. Frances Wintle says:

      Good luck Andy. It’s great that you want to do this for your father in law. I think you’re both very lucky – I hope you win.

    118. Dawn says:

      Good luck will be a great experience to sahre with your father-in-law

    119. Ian says:

      Good luck Andy – sounds like an amazing opportunity!! Keeping my fingers crossed…

    120. Bryan Smith says:

      Good luck, blog if you wim mate

      Tommytenpin (WW)

    121. Nik says:

      Good luck Andy. Your father-in-law is a top bloke, would be great if you two could go on a road trip together and for him to complete the F1 journey he started in the 70′s!


    122. Ian Ward says:

      Good luck to you in this!

    123. a moore says:

      the best story, you should win!

    124. Jo says:

      Sounds amazing! Good luck…

    125. Fiona T says:

      Wow what an amazing trip. Wish I could have been with you. Good luck with this one.

    126. Good Luck Andy!

      (Sorry for replying in the wrong place before!)

      Helen :)

    127. Dan fisher says:

      Good luck andy

    128. Hannah says:

      Good luck Andy and Gary ! :o) All the best :o)

    129. Jenny Dudley says:

      Good luck for the competition x

    130. Janet Blake says:

      Good luck – hope you are successful!

    131. Joan Morton says:

      Good luck

    132. Tracy Morris says:

      Hope you can live the dream this time round, good luck

    133. Charles Hunter says:

      Well deserved! Good Luck!

    134. laura says:

      Good Luck xx

    135. Chris E says:

      Good luck Andy!

      I hope you get to take your father in law on what looks like an amazing road trip!

    136. Splam says:

      Sounds great

    137. Tom Bentley says:

      Good Luck, Andy!

    138. Venetia says:

      Good luck Andy, sounds like a fantastic prize!

    139. Dan Fu says:

      Good Luck Andy!!!

    140. Stef says:

      Good Luck mate!

    141. Di W says:

      Fabulous sounding trip Andy; really hope it gets you the prize for you and father-in law. Fingers crossed!

    142. Teresa Stokes says:

      Good luck

  5. David Garbutt says:

    This looks really fantastic. I’ve never been to a GP before and it would be an honour to spend my first one at Spa!

    1. Nick Johnston says:

      Good luck Jessica, hope you win.

  6. yarra_nat says:

    I have had so many good road trips that I can’t pinpoint just one good one. We have travelled in a (slow and noisy!) motorhome from Sydney to Melbourne and along the Great Ocean Road. We have driven from the South West of England up to the very top of Scotland and over the Skye bridge(on more than one occasion!) Heck, we have even driven 2000 miles across Europe from the UK to Italy and spent a fornight with our convertible roof down driving in the hot summer sun. Although I can’t pinpoint just one ‘good’ road trip one thing that all of our trips have had in common is that for every single one I have been with my family – that makes them all ‘good’.

    1. Nick Young says:

      And I’ve enjoyed every single one with you my darling!

  7. Sebee says:

    My best road trip ever hands down was Barcelona to Nice May 24th, 2002. As long as I watched F1 I kept saying that I absolutely must visit Monaco. The drive through the mountains was simply incredible. Perfect weather, music on the radio, even the gas station snacks were delicious that day! Upon arriving in Nice early evening we unpacked and headed right to Monaco, which was still old pit lane layout. We walked the pit lane for free checking out what the mechanics were up to. No restrictions on work hours back then – every garage had activity. Montoya won that weekend. We walked the track and went to check out the top 10 cars standing behind bank-line ribbons and guarded by 4 policemen. We then helped the Ferrari boys load up the toolboxes and hardware onto the trucks for about an hour. Does it get any better?

    1. Alistair McDonald says:

      Wow, awesome experience!

  8. Baghetti says:

    Can’t wait until 18:00 to start the Roadtrip-race, it’s gonna be a tense 3 weeks…:-)

    1. Baghetti says:

      Just to make sure: this competition is open to non UK residents like myself, right? The T&M’s do not hold a nationality requirement, they only state that you have to take the plane and cannot drive over yourself, but I’m happy to take a plane from Belgium to UK in order to be able to take the obligatory flight from UK to Belgium…:-)

      1. James Allen says:

        No nationality restriction

      2. andrew says:

        Should take in Mercier Chateau in Epernay where the rally (1950) took place in the 18km of cellars amongst hundreds of thousands of bottles of champagne

  9. Craig Reay says:

    A number of years ago me and 5 other friends decided to drive from Manchester UK to Kallithea Greece. We set off in three cars with camping gear in the book and only 3 firm plans. A ferry from England to France, a ferry from Italy to Greece and a Hotel booked in Greece for a week. Everything between was up to random events. In our trip we visited Paris, Nurburgring (See youtube x-type Nurburgring video), Switzerland Stelvio Pass, Arsie (Italy childish I know), Venice, Brindisi, Greece E90 mountain pass, Pisa, Monaco (walked around the track) and many other random places. A truly epic 3 week road trip with many memories created. Possibly the best moment was the look on the receptionist face in Greece when we explained we have driven there. Please vote if you think my road trip merits reward.

    1. Andy Smith says:

      As one of the 6 I can vouch for how epic a trip this was. From the good: drinking from an ice cold stream in the alps; finding camp sites with a water park, theme park and a lake; lapping the Colosseum in Rome; and the looks from people wondering about the “drivers” with their feet up/on a laptop/asleep. To the scary good: the ‘ring; the alps with smoking brakes; and the Arc de Triomphe in the wet. Just some of the memories we have.

      Fingers crossed Craig for another one to Spa.

    2. Hayley Yates says:

      I had to live without you for 3 weeks! I couldn’t do that now! xx

    3. Dan Kelly says:

      As another 1 of the 6 I can say that this trip was 1 of a lifetime, we literally had Europe at our hands. My highlights of the trip was the lap around the Nurburgrin (as a passenger in Craigs car) & visiting Monaco, one of my favorite places ever. 3 weeks – 6 lads – lots of laughs – brilliant.

    4. Max Power says:

      And who can forget the Merc loosing its exhaust and vaulting 3 foot into the air, undressing itself at 120mph on the motorway, and boiling its own petrol. It was the best 3 weeks I’ve ever had.

      Quote of the trip:
      ‘Did you put all that oil in?’
      ‘Yep, It didn’t even touch the sides!’

      1. Andy Smith says:

        Ah yes, it did like to use oil like it was going out of fashion :)

    5. Becky says:

      Sounds epic. Would love to see some photos from all of the different places (And maybe a recreation of the receptionist’s face :P)

      1. Craig Reay says:

        For people who are interested I have dug out a random set of the photos from the trip. You can find them here http://www.flickr.com/photos/83561470@N02/sets/72157630766867808/

        You can also find my 2nd lap of the Nurburgring here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuzNVMEdNTo

        Craig Reay

    6. Alistair McDonald says:

      Top story, wish I’d done this in my youth, although there is still time . . . .

    7. Alan G says:

      Great story, including some iconic roads and scenery – and of course the ultimate challenge, the Nurburgring.

      Europe must be the best place in the world for a road trip. Hope you make it to Spa!

    8. Dad says:

      As the father of one of these lads, I can say it was quite an experience!!!!!!

    9. Mum says:

      As Mum to one of the lads I remember the pile of washing that came back and the smile on his face at such a fantastic trip. Good luck on getting to Spa and you can do your own washing when you get back….. hehe

  10. andrew says:

    The heat and humidity is oppressive. The 150,000km “Island Cars” Yaris – no aircon – ploughs through the remote tropical Jamaican Blue Mountain region in search of the elusive and spectacular YS falls.

    We haven’t seen a tourist for 3 days. Signs are non-existent, tarmac suddenly disappears and we are driving on bare rock.

    Deep in the forest we slow at a crossroads not knowing where to go. A local is sat in the shade. Yet instead of just pointing like others had previously, this bare chested Rastafarian grabs the door and swiftly jumps into the back seat. He smells interesting and I’m a little nervous at being hi-jacked.

    “I take you the waterfalls man”, Rene drawls.

    I see in the mirror he’s pulling out a huge Crocodile Dundee 9” blade……Fear and dread engulf me…my sweat turns cold…

    Utter joy and relief as he slices some Mango and offers it…

    1. ruth says:

      Most interesting journey ever. thanks rene n the yaris was a legend!

      1. andrew says:

        @ruth – cant find picture of the Yaris, gutted – still a couple of you and Rene.


        At times there was no path and we had to swim up the gorge while Rene carried the bag


      2. andrew says:

        The actual full road trip was 10 days around the entire Jamaican coast, no pre-booked accommodation, no major tourist centres… and a car for $75 from Island Cars – half the price of every other rental company – and now we know why!

      3. RB says:

        Interesting story but always be afraid of rastas carrying a knife.

      4. Terry Jacobs says:

        Good story showing that often fact is better than fiction

    2. Justin hall says:

      Thought you were going to say “as he pulled out a great big reefer!”…,

      1. andrew says:

        The interesting smell I referred to in the story was exactly that. After climbing up this remote gorge with Rene for 2 hours, we finally got to the falls.

        He then pulled a particular leaf off a tree and sat down on a rock and rolled some “special baccy” in it and asked for a light. The next 2 hours sat on the rock were all about Jamaican recipes he made.

        They all started with,
        “you take the coconut,
        you grate the coconut into the pot
        you make the coconut base and…

        needles to say we got the munchies pretty quickly…

      2. Kev Meredith says:

        Interesting story,I take it you had a blast on his leaf

    3. Stephen DarbyshireLangham says:

      Andrew,you’re like Phillieas Fogg, yet another one of your awe inspiring adventures.

      1. andrew says:

        We spent 10 days driving round the whole of Jamaica in the Yaris, with no pre-booked accommodation, avoiding all the tourist areas like Montego Bay etc..

        Found a bar in the middle of the sea (at least 1 mile out from land) and had to get a boatman to take us there – he was called Roger strangely



    4. Steve H says:

      Get some work done for a change. Lol +

    5. Paul Rawson says:

      Like it

    6. Paul says:

      Nice story, did you get to the falls.

      1. andrew says:

        Yeah, after 2 hours of trekking up a remote gorge having to swim through the river at times because the sides were so steep.

      2. Kev Mez- Nat West says:

        I can’t access your pics Andy due to firewalls on my bank laptop, but I’ve just googled some images of the YS falls , they look spectacular and worth your efforts to get there, brilliant story and good luck with the comp

    7. Debbie Martin says:

      I can see a film being made soon!..

      1. Nezmo says:

        I stopped reading at 9″ as I don’t like stories where people get bummed.

    8. Speedy says:

      Sounds like quite the adventure! Exciting :)

    9. Geoff says:

      The safest way see the falls is Google.earth mate..

    10. Jen says:

      Did u eat the mango then?!

      1. andrew says:

        You don’t refuse mango from a guy with a 9″ knife

      2. Mandy says:

        You just don’t refuse mango full stop. I have some lovely memories of JA great country, good people mostly. I was taken around by locals which was great not being restricted to tourist areas. Hope you win AJ, Turkey was an adventure with you guys lol x

    11. Mandy says:

      Brilliant I could almost taste the mango and smell the ganja lol

    12. Andrew Williams says:

      Sounds amazing. We got a taxi in St Lucia on our honeymoon and he had a massive knife next to the handbrake. Must be a caribbean thing.

      1. Martin says:

        Good story!!

    13. Stephen kempster (jugs mate in pub) says:

      Had a similar encounter in jamaica myself! Ur tale brings back some wonderful memories!

    14. Alistair McDonald says:

      LOL! (really, I did!). I’ve been to Jamaica (in fact my sis-in-law is from there) and if you spent 3 or more days off the beaten track, you have my respect.

      1. andrew says:

        Try portland parish. Where the movie stars in the 50′s went like Errol Flyn. Port Antonio is purely local – no hotels – no jobs – locals fantastic.

    15. Helen says:

      Exciting stuff!

    16. Emma says:

      Love it!!!! :-D

    17. Lou williams says:

      Tell us more! I’m totally gripped!!

      1. andrew says:

        After trekking up the gorge and back (4 hours), we left Rene outside his corrugated shack he used for a house (having remunerated him well).

        He asked if we would give a friend of his a lift down the mountain – we said no problem.

        A ganga stinking 50 year old bloke (with no teeth) appeared. He spoke mostly Patwa so we hadn’t got a clue what he was chattering away about.

        Half way down the mountain he shouted STOP!!!

        I stopped the car and he jumped out, pulled open the passenger door and grabbed Ruth by the hand – pulled her from the car – and down the bank into the rainforest undergrowth.

        Now as some of you will know, Ruth is pretty hardy, so I decided she could take care of herself and I should stay with the car.

        Having smoked a cigarette or 2 I was beginning to get worried. They’d been gone 20 mins.

        Anyway, crisis over. The branches rustled and Rene’s mate and Ruth appeared with armfuls of Mango’s. Such was the quantity they filled the footwell of the passenger side of the car.

        We resumed our journey and left Rene’s mate at a fork in the road at the bottom of the mountain.

      2. Miranda says:

        Sounds like a fab trip. Think I’d have been scared too!

    18. Kim Cook says:

      Sounds really interesting this, Stephen was telling me about your adventures! Fantastic!

    19. Mejano says:

      Hey. Where did my other comment go? Anyway. I bet you didn’t argue with him the way you argue with me!!

      1. andrew says:

        I accepted the mango without making comment or observation – other than – “that’s the nicest Mango I’ve ever tasted, SIR”.

    20. Jipjoe says:

      Machette’d in a Yaris. Brutal. That’s a bad way to go man.

    21. J'pate says:

      You should have been thankful he whipped out his 9″ knife. Would have been far worse if he’d whipped out something else that was 9″ in front of your missus. You’d have been in his shadow- both literally and figuratively.

      1. andrew says:

        You should check with her – maybe your summation is incorrect. lol.

    22. A Fairweather says:

      Haha Crocodile Dundee – “That’s not a knife!”

      Please elaborate more on the story, it sounds great! It’s always the best kind of tale when you get taken down one route, and then it turns out to be something entirely different.

      1. andrew says:

        In the more remote parts of Jamiaca, the roads are like mazes, with a fork or crossroads every half a mile or so.

        The public transport system is no-existent and people wait at these forks in the road – if a local vehicle is going their way they jump on/in until they arrive at a fork where the vehicle is going a different way from them – and then they jump off and wait for the next one.

        We had (pre-Rene) seen people like this, but because they could see we were tourists they didn’t try and jump in our car – they just assumed we were off to the falls and merely pointed the way.

        So for Rene, jumping uninvited into a car was normal.

        After the confidence Rene and his mate gave us that we were not going to be mugged – we did our bit for the local transport network helping people out with lifts.

        We then heard some great story’s and saw some places we would never have found.

    23. Stephen Hewitt says:

      Awe inspiring

    24. Maria Lemos says:

      Great story would love to know what happens next!

    25. alen says:

      Good tale. Good luck. Sure youll be value to the competition organisers

    26. Ross says:

      Really great writing and exciting story to be able to tell. Good luck

    27. Ruthiechops says:

      so what we all wanna know was ‘did the mango taste good?’

      1. andrew says:

        “Mango was reeeeeeeeeaaaaaal good – hun”

    28. James and Louise says:

      Mmm. Remember you telling us about that one – and some others. What about the one in Bulgaria where the road was washed down the cliff just before you arrived? Good luck. You’re both good entertainment value.

    29. Aaron says:

      Sounds like a good trip

    30. Ernie Moorehead says:

      Great story Andrew

    31. Anne says:

      Big fan of this!

    32. Gordon says:

      Did you get a refund due to aircon failure?

      1. andrew says:

        It didn’t fail – It never worked.

        There was a tactic I used to cool the car down though. The roads out there were so bad they were doing a lot of work repairing them.

        To keep the dust down, they drive water tanker trucks up and down the area of work and in effect it has holes in the side spraying water out sideways.

        Our Yaris did have electric windows, and when approaching one of these water tankers, I wound Ruth’s passenger window down and she got a serious healthy drenching as I drove right along side the truck.

      2. Ruth says:

        yes I remember it well. Wet T-Shirt contest wasn’t in it!!! And it wasn’t a one-off either grrrr

      3. Ruth says:

        In fact you could call it SPA IN A CAR ha ha ha

    33. JB says:

      Nice one Aj. Hope you win.

    34. Jo says:

      Sounds great, hope you win xx

    35. Wigan Dave says:

      Are you it wasnt a white Ford Escort and Moss Side or am I confusing 2 Rasta stories?

      1. andrew says:

        That story was actually in a red RS Turbo, the white Escort had been written off the previous year – with you in it – dressed as an oil sheik – with a 3 foot tall toilet roll constructed replica of an oil rig – if I remember rightly.

    36. Robert Oliver says:

      Sounds fantastic, good luck

    37. Botts says:

      Cool man. lovin the sequel

    38. Belinda says:

      Hope you win Ruth.

    39. Mike Yates says:


    40. John Toms says:

      This reminds me of a journey I did in Tenerife, good fun but scary.

    41. Dave Eyebrows Benny says:

      Sounds like a good adventure.

    42. Stevey Boy says:

      Good luck from us poor workers. lol

    43. Tim Bull says:

      Great Story!

    44. Janis says:

      You always could tell a good story Andrew…hope you win!

    45. Leeanne says:

      Wow, are there no end to your talents!! Good story you should write a bit more.. x

      1. andrew says:

        why thank you kind Madam

    46. Thejudge13 says:

      +1 What no Jamaican rum involved?

      1. andrew says:

        Now that’s another tale.

        We visited the Jamaican Appleton Estate (makers of all things Rum and some – Morgan Spiced…) and mistakenly went by car.

        There were only coaches in the car park – mostly people on day tours from Hotels/Cruise liners in Montego Bay. We parked amidst the buses and joined a tour.

        Now unlike in Europe where you often pay a discounted rate for a limited number of taster drinks (eg Tio Pepe, Jerez) the drinks at the end of the tour were unlimited.

        We understood how this wasn’t being abused as people were being harried to get on the buses before they left within 10 mins of the tour ending. This of course restricted their ability to consume vast quantities of alcohol.

        However, there were 25-30 full size 75cl bottles in reception left out for tasting – and 15 minutes after the tour, there was just us there.

        We ended up leaving the car and returning the hour long journey the next day to collect it.

        Good job we knew about standing at forks in the road and flagging lifts by then.

    47. adele says:

      Good luck from us in insurance. It appears you’ve had a number of adventures then..

      1. andrew says:

        You crack me up – THIS IS A COMPTITION FOR VOTES – you commenting for all 3 of you inc Ashlea and Kerry isn’t that helpful :)

        I’m glad you’re great at insurance!

    48. ashlea says:

      +1 Vote now dutifully registered :)

    49. joanne says:


    50. kerry says:

      I’m in too now – can we finish early on Friday?

    51. Kev Mez- Nat West says:

      Best of luck Andy

    52. Kevin Meredith says:

      Pelican bar looks a blast

    53. Terry Rew says:

      A Yaris, Mango, Man with knife, what more could you want

    54. Mark says:

      That’s what you get for driving through Warrington after midnight

    55. Terry Jacobs says:

      Good story and a bit scary. Fact is as good as fiction

    56. Alex Sav says:

      This is a great story, Good luck!!!

    57. Catwoman says:

      Perrrrfect story!!!

    58. Alexx says:

      Go ruth, Awesome story!!

    59. Becca says:

      Really wish i was there, Sounds like an amazing trip!

    60. Dave says:

      Should have said ‘ that’s not a knife, this is a knife’ ( and produced a larger one).

      Good story.

    61. Debs says:

      If it was a Spa day, I’d write one myself. XXX

    62. Simon B says:

      Pulled out a huge…. oo-er! Ruth, I bet your eyes were popping out of your head!

    63. Gray says:

      Everyone in Sales told me to say – good luck………………………………………….. (only joking), told maria to vote too. Lousie off till monday.

    64. maria says:

      Good luck AJ xxx

    65. Abby says:

      Wow go Daddy hope you win xx

    66. Pippa says:

      AWESOME STORY DAD !!! xxx

    67. Hannah Warner says:

      Love it :)

    68. Laura says:

      Cool story… Good luck! :-)

    69. Amy says:

      Hope you win :)

    70. Sam says:

      Gripping and amusing story… now the F1 fans of the world have been made aware about rastafarians with mangos! Good Luck Andy :)

    71. muntaser jaradat says:

      really funny story i wounld of mind been with u both hahah good luck andy

    72. Louise says:

      No idea what’s going on…….Ruth instructed me !!! Sounds fun tho!

    73. Freya says:

      Great story- makes me want to go on a road
      trip this summer!

    74. best chef says:

      sounds awesome. loving the instalments too

    75. go guys wish I was coming with you!!!!!! Dya have room for one more?

    76. Jon Hutchinson says:

      Sounds safer than Warrington

      1. Ruth says:

        Why dyu think I moved away lol, but is it safer than ? where was it Reading. I guess its relative

    77. Lou P says:

      Lovin it

    78. paula says:

      Hope you win

    79. Kellie says:

      love it!

    80. Vicki says:

      Heard this story in person too – Hilarious! Good Luck!

    81. Natalie McNeely says:

      We were in Ocho Rios Andy and saw that every day! 40 guys hanging off a truck making their way back and forth to work. Also saw a man standing 1 day bolock naked out of his mind…. Our Tour Rep branded him the BAD MAN….. Lol

      1. andrew says:

        You’re more travelled than I – dear girl!!!

    82. Linda says:

      Wondered where that was going! Gripping :-)

    83. Tasha says:

      [mod] Awesome story.

    84. Lanny says:

      aww lovely story, I’ve always wanted to go to Jamaica xx

    85. Dad says:

      Good luck Ruth and Andrew

    86. Jamie says:

      Great story! I bet James Cameron is on the line as we speak.

    87. Lez says:

      You crack me up with your travel stories!!! Good luck guys.

    88. Fiona says:

      Brilliant!! – it’s just a completely different world!

    89. Joseph says:

      Good story – you deserve to win

    90. Liz says:

      Nice story!

    91. Jo Beattie says:

      Fab story, deserves to win.

    92. John says:

      That’s not a knife… this is a knife…

    93. alex stansby says:

      great story! Similar happened to me, but in Heaton Mersey, and not a rasta with a knife but a wrinkly with Alzheimers. Your story’s more fun! Good luck x

      1. Ruth says:

        Thanks Alex, n was great to see you at the weekend. I am sure you have plenty of tales like this!

    94. Booey says:

      Justice!! :) xx

    95. Zoe says:

      Am I the last from work? Good luck

    96. Tracey M says:

      Good luck xx

      1. Ruth says:

        Thanks Tilly Mints much appreciated honey

    97. sammy says:

      Good luck, can we have an early dart that fri if you win? :)

    98. Geffers says:

      Come on everyone, lets push this one over the line!!! +1

    99. Mr Jam says:

      Hope you win biiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggggg!

    100. Sarah says:

      This really isn’t easy you know this is my fourth attempt. anyway I’m sure its worth it. keep me posted. S xx

    101. Antionette says:

      Great story

    102. Iain says:

      Good luck

    103. Helen says:

      Mango will never taste the same again. Good luck.

    104. kelly louise says:

      I wish i had been there i. love maanggo

    105. Moira Aitken says:

      I can see a reality T.V series in the making!Good Luck!

    106. adamsky says:

      Can we all go on a road trip if you win?

    107. JH says:

      I just saw adamsky do this, I’m not sitting next to him if we do. :) Hope you get GOLD!!!

    108. MAtt says:

      Mango. Mango.Mango. MMMMMMM

      We had a yaris die on us on the M62. Not quite as tropical …..

    109. Jayde says:

      Good luck!

    110. John Stotr says:

      Wow nail biting short story !
      Good luck

      1. Ruth says:

        Thanks John glad you managed it in the end. The post I mean.

    111. Adam Cunliffe says:

      Great story Andrew.

    112. Les says:

      great story – would have preferred a slice of pineapple – not too keen on mango!!!

    113. Peter says:

      Good luck!

    114. max the glory says:


    115. Hannyelf says:


    116. John Ritchie says:

      Sounds like an amazing trip. I’ve been to Jamaica and been up Fern Gully and also climbed Dunn River Falls but what you did sounds like much more fun. I particuarly want to go to the pub on the Island by boat. Hey man!

    117. matt says:

      Go guys goodluck

    118. jamo says:

      Cool man. go. bro

    119. DM says:

      One last push huh?

    120. Lu says:

      our vote from reception!

    121. Miranda says:

      Now posted in the right place, anyway sounds like a fab trip.

    122. Mum says:

      good luck Andrew and Ruth. mum x

    123. Nicola says:

      Enjoyed tea yesterday. Xxx

    124. Jodie says:

      Broken toe delayed vote. Stop the texts now

    125. Paul R says:

      Sorry to be so last minute. Good tale though.

    126. Sue Roberts says:

      Good luck. Sorry it took so long.

    127. Tom S says:

      Hope you win

  11. A. Gareau says:

    The best road trip I ever took was with my best friends through the western United States during a break from university. With little planning and camping outdoors most of the way, the freedom to choose our routes, share driving, and see places we’d never been before was thrilling.

    Though our car was far from a high performance vehicle (far from even a solid road car, truthfully), carving our way through the desert canyons without any obligations was a treat, and something I’d love to recapture… perhaps in a sportier car!

  12. Gary Taylor says:

    My best road trip was fromSsaint John, NB, Canada to Boston in October 2009. Driving down through Maine seeing all the autumnal coloured leaves was magical! The football game in Boston was the destination & was fab despite the 59-0 drubbing my titans took!

  13. Mark Singleton says:

    1982 Aged 12 with Mum (who wouldn’t fly) Dad and older brother we embarked on a trip from North Nottinghamshire to the Costa del Sol in an early diesel mark II Cavalier. Now this isn’t a short journey now and back then there were fewer motorways through France and seemingly none from the Pyrenees onward. Despite that, and the fact my father was a lorry driver who considered stopping ‘something that other people do,’ and my regular fights (always losing!) with my older brother, and the Cavalier (no A/C!) it was a great adventure. Sure the car overheated in the Pyrenees in 35c heat on a near vertical road (after a 3 hours we found the radiator cap and coasted down the other side) We got eaten by ants while making a brew on a portable stove, we got lost and slept in the car but we never stopped smiling.

  14. Martin Fry says:

    In September 2001- I along with 25 other Lotus Elises toured Spain- travelling mainly on small twisty mountain roads, but also taking in Barcelona (imagine the sight of us down Las Ramblas!. It was a pure rush, packing all your clothes into the small boot and driving for up to 500 miles a day on some of the best twisty roads in Europe. At the end of the day, catching up en mass to each share our own experineces of the day over a group meal. It wasn’t without hiccups- one car written off but no injuries and looking for a replacement Pirreli PZero in Andorra. (see the F1 link?).
    Also 9/11 occured toward the end of the trip- which whilst devastating, reniforced the motto live once, live to the Max!
    I will never forgot this Road Trip.

  15. Daniel MA says:

    Well I hope the site doesn’t crash with the amount of comments that will be posted jaja.

  16. Shane wood says:

    The best road trip I ever had was the car journey from the hospital bringing my baby daughter home. Realising that my life had changed forever was both nerve racking and exciting beyond words.

    1. Alistair McDonald says:

      The proudest moment of my life was exactly that. Using the baby car seat for the first time, the concern for that surprisingly robust little one (“I’ll just bring the car to the entrance”) are all relived through your story. Thanks for reminding me.

  17. crespo says:

    I went on a family road trip through the Scottish Highlands and across the UK, and got to drive most of it, sharing driving duties with my old man. Being from the Dominican Republic, where we drive on the right (correct!) side of the road, driving in the UK felt like a constant brain fart. Early on, I had to remind myself every three seconds that what I was seeing in front of me was correct. Shifter on the left, passenger to the left, trees and shrubs on the left, incoming vehicles on the right… it was all very alien, and even intimidating for a while, but after a few highway miles I acclimatised to it. My father had driven a right-hander in the UK before, so it wasn’t particularly new to him and his adjustment period was a lot shorter than mine. Being my first time, I had to constantly tell my brain to not revert to the standard I grew up with, which was challenging at first, tiring second, but ultimately fun and rewarding.

    The trip itself was amazing. We drove through the rolling hills of Scotland, where it seemed like you could drop a boulder from the top of any of the seemingly unrealistically smooth green hills on either side of the road and it would joyfully roll down one, and back up another hill, back down again, up… you get the picture. We stayed in a couple of old castles that were restored into these beautiful, quaint hotels, had lots of fine whisky, drove around Loch Ness, almost ran over a large flock of sheep (this happened a couple of times), tasted several types of cheese (my younger brother suddenly wanted to become a cheese connoisseur on this trip, ordering a cheese platter for dessert every day), got a peek of Ireland from [very] far away, played croquet, got told we could not use the restrooms at the Turnberry golf course, missed an exit due to the foggy conditions, and stayed at a vineyard-cum-hotel on our way down to London. Oh, and we also had delicious cuisine meals along most of the way.

    It was a beautiful trip, one I will cherish and be thankful to my father for the rest of my life, and I’d surely want to do again with either friends or with a family of my own down the line. Highly recommended.

  18. Aaron Wilkinson says:

    This may seem so simple but London to Barcelona. No motorways at all, using all A roads snaking through the mountian regions near the spanish French border was amazing with a sheer drop overlooking a river, testing the Ford Focus to its limit. Coming up over the Spanish border to see the see was just beautiful. Its not as glamorous as some other peoples but it was the first time i have driven that far, it was amazing and i suggest going near Marsilles and and heading towards the border its just amazing. thought i would sheer my exprience here.

  19. Angel Garcia (crespo) says:

    150 word version:

    I took a family roadtrip across the UK, starting in Scotland and ending in London. It was my first time driving on the left side of the road, which was a constant challenge at first, trying to stay in my lane. I eventually got used to it and, with that distraction out of the way, was able to appreciate just how beautiful the Scottish Highlands were. We drove around Loch Ness, stayed at a couple of old castles that were turned into hotels, almost ran over a flock of sheep (thrice), had many a fine whisky, tasted many cheeses, played croquet, were rejected a restroom visit at Turnberry Golf Course, missed a highway exit due to fog, and ate delicious cuisine meals along [most] of the way. It was a beautiful trip, and one I will cherish and be thankful to my father for the rest of my life.

  20. Mark Baker says:

    My Best Road Trip – San Francisco & the cool breeze of Napa valley started the tour nicely in our clapped out hire car then, a night under the stars at Yosemite with the Bears finished the day.

    Next as if driving into an oven, we hit the heat of Death Valley, scorched and barley able to breath we sped through to party town Las Vegas. On the out skirts the cops were waiting and minutes later we got a speeding ticket. Not a good start!

    Low riders cruised the strip in Vegas that night, followed by another open air night in the Grand Canyon, then waking besides snake holes & taking donkey rides down to the river. LA was sprawling and we worried about guns.

    Then we hit Malibu for surfing and the beautiful return journey up the highway route 1. That’s how I remember it anyway :-)

    1. Lauren says:

      Good luck :)

  21. Seán Craddock says:

    The best road trip I ever had was from Dublin, Ireland to the town of Kandersteg in Switzerland. It was with a coach load of friends so nothing fancy or anything. We went nonstop all the way which was tiring, but it was my first time being in any of the countries we drove through Wales, England, France and Switzerland. We saw some amazing scenery along the way and got to see St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel light up at night! Driving through the mountains in Switzerland was incredible. It’s a trip I will never forget and we got to do it again all the way back home!

    However I still haven’t been to Belgium or a Grand Prix, but I have always dreamt of it…

    1. Pat Craddock says:

      road trips are fun, but as Cian & Jim would say you can’t beat the experience you get from attending your 1st Grand Prix, which of course will lead to your 2nd,3rd,4th visit to a Grand Prix etc, etc,etc.

      1. Jim Reynolds says:

        Ansolutely Pat, Sean would be in seventh heaven I know…..

    2. Jean Burrows says:

      Ah, I remember it well….!!!!!

    3. peter o hanlon says:

      road trips are the best drove from dublin to south of france took 2.5 days to get there and went trough england good trip best of luck sean

      1. Ben O'Callaghan says:

        Sounds like great craic!! I did one with my family in an RV last year!! We went from Los Angeles to the grand canyon and back to San Francisco!!! It was amazing!! :D

    4. Adam Hetherington says:

      Best roadtrip fire me wd from Dublin, across Brittany and the north of France, before heading back up through England to top the holiday off with a game at Anfield. Absolutely awesome!

      1. Gemma says:

        Trust you to hace a Liverpool match as the highlight!!!!

    5. Michael Murphy says:

      I have driven from Ireland to the south of Spain with my wife and son as co-driver.We made it in 3 days and it was tunnel vision on the motorways.Hope you are lucky and get the trip.

    6. Jim Tuohy says:

      “Brief message of Support”. =)

    7. Jim Reynolds says:

      Hey Sean I really hope you get to go. I know, of anyone, that F1 is in your blood and with your amazing knowledge of the technologies, strategies, and tactics you’d get so much pleasure out of the experience. Very best of luck Sean……broom broom!

    8. John Richardson says:


      the real deal, is knowing that the best road trip, IS THE NEXT ONE!

    9. Gemma says:

      The best ever road trip for me was driving the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. I even got to sing the ‘Round the Twist’ theme at the lighthouse!!! I’ve never been to a grand prix but hey, there’s a plenty of time. ;-)

    10. Adam Rossiter says:

      There is nothing better than going on a road trip , it is a great feeling traveling to foreign places and seeing other cultures. sean i am sure you are well experienced with this :)

    11. Matthew Healy says:

      The best road trips most certainly driving through the Swizz mountains at night! spectacular Seany is right on the ball!

    12. Robin Coburn says:

      The best road trip for me has to be driving with my pals in the early hours of the morning to the 24 hour McDonalds in nutgrove shopping centre. What a rush, the feel of the wind in my hair as I rolled down the window to his small, feminine nissan micra was something that I will never forget. The drive itself was as pleasant as drives are really, we drove through housing estates slowly and carefully but you could still feel the sheer raw power of the small baby blue nissan micra. The journey there took in total about 15 agonizing minutes but there was a figurative “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow in the form of delicious Big Macs.

      Best of luck Sean :)

    13. Kellan Scott says:

      Go on Séan! I hope you get to the GP!

    14. Kellan Scott says:

      Go oooooooon Séan!I hope you get to go the GP!

      I was on the same road trip too and it was great craic all round

    15. Michael Whelan says:

      Best road trip for me was through the algarve in portugal,gorgeous mediterranean sun along groves of fig trees!

    16. Jack Nicholls says:

      Best road trip for me was from San francisco to las Vegas ..with the family in a nice big dodge van, great fun.

    17. Cian Craddock says:

      Good luck Seán! Never knew you were interested in motor racing! LOL… :)

    18. Maxime Broussard says:

      Bonne chance Sean, j’espere que tu vas gagner !Cheers!

    19. David says:

      Best of luck!

    20. Dave Grimes says:

      Sounds absolutely amazing Sean! Best of luck

    21. Claire Bacon says:

      Good Luck Sean :)

    22. Cill says:

      Best of luck Sean! Hope you make it to your 1st Grand Prix

    23. Eamonn Donnelly says:

      Best of luck, fingers crossed!

    24. Sarah says:

      Bring me!!! :-D

    25. Gillian Searson says:

      Best of luck Sean, hope you win it:-)

    26. agatha harkin says:

      sounds brilliant sean hope you win,x

    27. Donal Skelly says:

      All the best sean and hope you win.

    28. Well i hope you get lucky I know you are interested in this sport.

    29. Jodie Doyle says:

      Sounds great Sean! Good luck!

    30. Ciarán says:

      Best of luck! Hope you get to go!

    31. bev baxter says:

      Sounds great to me!All the best.

    32. Katie Deevy says:

      Nice one Sean, sounds good! :)

    33. Niall Finn says:

      Sounds great, good luck Sean!!!

    34. Sophie Ishola says:

      Im quite jealous Sean! But best of luck!

    35. Anna Lecour says:

      Sounds like fun! Good Luck!

    36. Angela Donnelly says:

      Fantastic trip Sean. Good luck

    37. Helena Carlyle says:

      we’re going on a road trip…TO DONEGAL!!! woooo :D

    38. Cillian says:

      Good Luck!

    39. Aoife Plunkett says:

      Good Luck!

    40. Neil Ryan says:

      That time we drove from Tesco to my house with a whole car full of beer was fairly memorable.

    41. Dawn Hutchings - Walsh says:

      Good luck!

    42. David Martínez says:

      Good luck Seán!

    43. Sandra Sotelo says:

      Best of lucks!

    44. Eoghan Kennefick says:

      Seany deserves this…….he likes cars :)

    45. Hi Séan, I’m looking forward to seeing you give that coach a lap of the circuit! Good Luck!

    46. Seán Healy says:

      My best road trip was going over the Alps from Switzerland to Italy, windy roads and steep hills!

    47. Darragh McGrath says:

      Good luck with Séan, hope you win.

      1. Darragh McGrath says:

        with this*

    48. Colin Brock says:

      Best of luck man you deserve it. P.S. BOOBIES :D

    49. Jessie says:

      Gooooood luuuuuuuck :)

    50. Steve Neary says:

      good luck sean

    51. Stephen Bleakley says:

      Woooooooooooooo good luck boyo!

    52. Jamie says:

      That sounds like a great road trip, sounds somewhat familiar!! :-)
      Wishing you the best of luck dude! Fingers crossed for ya! :)

    53. Ciara CF says:

      Imagine that road trip with a bitta John Finnemore. perfection. best of luck Sean!

    54. Bryony says:

      No-one deserves this more than Seán. He’s just driven us all up to Donegal and back for a holiday. Great company, great driving and a great playlist made for a very nice trip.

    55. Ruadhan says:

      Recently went on a good road trip with this man himself:)

    56. Ruth Cunningham says:

      good luck sean!

    57. Alvin says:


    58. Cathal A says:

      Good luck Sean! :)

    59. Jamie Farrell says:

      Good luck.

    60. Ross Magee says:

      Good Luck Seany!

    61. Niall says:

      Good Luck Sean.

    62. Kevin says:

      Good luck Sean :)

    63. Robert Lyons says:

      There really is nothing like a full tank of petrol and an empty road. Good luck Sean!

    64. Denis Shankey says:

      Good luck Sean, no one deserves it more than you. Only you would try to save a poor fella with a puncture by trying to fit his bike into the golden Almera. Sean go deo.

    65. Sarah says:

      Road Trips are great :) Good luck Sean! :)

    66. Lillian says:

      best of luck sean!

    67. Lillian says:

      best of luck to youu sean

    68. Eric Redmond says:

      You deserve it!!!Good Luck Sean :)

    69. andrew brady says:

      good luck lad!

      1. Jennifer white says:

        Gooooood luck!! x

      2. Dylan says:

        Best of luck sean u sexy beast!

    70. Aisling O'Keeffe says:

      Goooooddd Luuuuuck Sean :)

    71. margaret feighery says:

      best of luck seany!!! you deserve it?!

    72. Conor Jay says:

      Good luck m’man :D

    73. Darragh Nolan says:

      That sounds amazing Seán! Best of luck!!

    74. Ellius Grace says:

      Good luck Sean!

    75. Keith O' Reilly says:

      good luck Sean..dont anybody else who loves F1 the way you do :)

    76. Diarmuid Sugrue says:

      Good luck Sean!!

    77. eoin says:

      ggood luck sean!

    78. Conor says:

      Best of luck!

    79. Adam Hudson says:

      Best of luck Sean

    80. Thomas Carrig says:

      good luck man!

    81. Éoin says:

      Good luck!

    82. Aoife Ryan says:

      WOO GO SEAN!

    83. Aoife Ryan says:

      good luck!

    84. Claire says:

      Good luck Sean! x

    85. Mark Stirrat says:

      Good Luck man!

    86. Arron Brady says:

      Hey sean, good luck, it’d be unreal if you get this!

    87. Seán McDonagh says:

      Good Luck Seán :D In this and all your future endeavours, my good chum.

    88. James Lee says:

      Good luck Sean, Hope you win it buddy

    89. Ste says:

      Good luck Seán!

    90. Marcus Nolan says:

      Good Luck Sean

    91. Morgan McDonagh says:

      Good luck Sean!

    92. Neil Cronin says:

      Good Luck Sean

    93. Garry King says:

      Hope you get it Sean, know youd love it

    94. Lisa Keaveney says:

      Best of luck Seány!! :)

      1. Anne Hennessy says:

        like the bit about doing it all again on the way home Sean. Glad to see you have some of your dad’s quirky sense of humour! Always needed. If you are not in you cant win so keep entering.
        Bon chance

    95. Harry O'leary says:

      Good Luck Sean!

    96. Vincent Browne says:

      that was a fantastic road trip sean, i remember it well. good luck with this mate!

    97. david ryan says:

      Best of luck Sean!No one deserves this more than you

    98. Lindsay Connolly says:

      Good Luck Seany! :) x

    99. Maeve O'Farrell says:

      Best of luck Sean

    100. Sinéad Craddock says:

      Best of luck Seán, really hope you win this! :)

    101. Heather says:

      Best of Luck ! =)

    102. Amanda Galvin says:

      Good Luck!

    103. Maria Murphy says:

      good luck sean!

    104. Niamh Daly Ryan says:

      good luck!:)

    105. Bryony Cameron says:

      This is the perfect competition for you seany!

    106. Emily Healy says:

      good luck!

    107. Conor Eustace says:

      Good luck Sean

    108. Aaron Byrne says:

      Good luck Man.p.s alonso for world title

    109. Paul Ryan says:

      Good luck Sean!

    110. Caoimhe B says:

      Good Luck :)

    111. Adam K says:

      Good luck Seán!

    112. Frankie Bryant says:

      Good luck Sean!

    113. Shaunagh says:

      Good Luck!

    114. Lorcain says:

      Good luck Sean!

    115. Jenny says:

      Good Luck :)

    116. Sarah MacLoughlin says:

      Good luck sean!! :)

    117. Rory McNab says:

      Ever since I’ve known Sean he’s always become misty eyed at even the mention of a road. He has a deep love for all things road related, road trips, roadrunners, the film ‘The Road’ etc. And though his affection can sometimes seem disconcerting, as when I found him openly weeping over an especially smooth section of tarmac, I can think of no better winner for this competition. Good luck Sean :)

    118. Brian Lavelle says:

      good luck sean

    119. Katie Abbott says:

      Good luck Seanyyyy

    120. Niamh Williams says:

      You owe me a road trip to Donegal!!and good Luck!

    121. Zoe Briggs says:

      Good luck Seany. You better win it because I wana hear all about it :P id be so jealous!!

    122. Brian Malone says:

      Good luck Sean!

    123. megan power foley says:

      good luck seany! fingers crossed

    124. Tom Coyne says:

      Good Luck :)

    125. Tom Johnston says:

      Good luck Sean!

    126. Sara H says:

      Good luck! :D

    127. Martha Cronin says:

      Good luck :)

    128. michael says:

      best of luck sean!!!!!!!hope ya win

    129. Conor Grehan says:

      Best of luck Sean! :)

    130. barry says:

      ye better win this now, good luck :P

    131. Darren Cappelli says:

      Good Luck Sean

    132. Geraldine ODonnell says:

      Going to F1 would be a dream come true, hope you make it…

    133. Tomás Coleman says:

      Good luck Sean!

    134. Eoin Crowley says:

      Good luck mate! you deserve it

    135. Daragh Mooney says:

      My best road trip was, when my football drove from dublin to breda in Holland! Some serious fun along the way and even more when we arrived

    136. Amy says:

      Best of luck Sean! Take a few pictures when you get to Belgium!

    137. Jen Rj says:

      Good luck seany looks like you are doing well so i hope its enough looks like an unreal experience! :)

    138. aoife norton says:

      good luck Sean :)

    139. Niamh says:

      That was the best trip ever!! Good luck i hope you get this! defo deserve it! x

    140. Cal says:

      Good luck man.. Can’t imagine anyone else enjoying it more!

    141. Paula Fitz says:

      Good Luck!!! :)

    142. chris says:

      good luck

    143. Mary says:

      Good Luck Sean

    144. R de W says:

      Good luck Sean!

    145. Zoe says:

      Best of luck Sean! Fingers crossed for you :)

    146. Luke says:

      Best of luck Seán!

    147. AaronLeonard says:

      Best of Luck Sean.. HON!!

  22. wings on wheels says:

    My best road trip was visiting the beautiful people of beautiful Mongolia. Nearly 3.000 km in nearly 4 weeks at an average speed of less than 30 km per hour in a 30 year old, russian built van.
    I got some 100 more words left. Any bonus for that?

  23. Ross says:

    The best road trip of my life was in 2006 when me and a friend drove the 2 692 km from Perth to Adelaide via the via the Nullarbor Plain.  Hugging the beautiful West Coast of Australia I visited the most beautiful beaches you can imagine as well as stopping off at the wonderful Margaret River wineries. 

    So many highlights like whale watching in Albany, Sleeping a beach surrounded by Kangaroo’s in Esperance, Swimming with Seals in Port Douglas not to mention driving on the world straightest road for four hours. However, the ultimate memory from that trip was spending the night in the desert under the stars feeling completely lost in the wilderness. A soul cleansing experience. 

    Needless say when I arrived in Adelaide I did a lap of the old F1 circuit to finish an amazing trip.

    1. David says:

      I’ve also done that trip and most of the things you listed. Great trip.

    2. Joyce says:

      Good luck!

    3. Amy says:

      Good luck bro!

    4. Bryan says:

      If you win you are taking me.

      Ha ha.

    5. Joyce S says:

      Good luck R.

    6. Rebecca says:

      Good luck!

    7. Emma says:

      How was the serenity?!

    8. Stuart says:


      I will happily pay for you to go to this yourself if it means I dont have to listen to the that terrible noise in our living room every second Sunday.

    9. Shaun says:

      I’ve loved reading your blogs about your travels so it is a pleasure to help out.

      Good luck.

    10. Olivia says:

      I love your blog. I hope to read about this trip also!

    11. Joel says:

      You owe me a beer if you win.

    12. Maxine says:

      Great story! Good luck :)

    13. Lexy says:

      Never say I am not good to you.

    14. Anne says:

      Good luck Ross.

  24. Andrew says:

    Dublin – Nürburgring. Ring taxi. Classic. Stunning. Unforgettable. We had never driven in Germany before and therefore not the autobahns either. When we got to Germany we decided you need a German car to fully enjoy the experience so we rented a Mercedes C220 CDI and straight away hit the autobahn. The excitement of being in a Mercedes on the autobahn with the foot to the floor was surreal. I still remember it vividly. We recorded nearly every max speed run which I still show people to this day. The day before the ring taxi run we decided to explore some more German autobahns with a ‘short’ trip. There’s no such thing as ‘short’ trip on the autobahns! We headed off at 5pm on the Saturday and got so lost we nearly ended up in Poland only barely getting back to hotel by 2am! Sunday morning arrived for the day of the ring taxi. A wet, drizzly and grey day does not make for high expectations but alas we set off at least enjoying the autobahn at 7am on a wet Sunday morning. We arrived at the track way too early (it’s hard to set an ETA on a 150mph journey!) early and signed in for the ring taxi with fingers crossed hoping to get Sabine Schmitz. The time came and to our joy it was Sabine. In we hopped trying to absorb the moment. The wet drack was a distant disappointment at this stage. Sabine was chatty and making easy conversation but indicating her disappointment that we were driving a Mercedes! Immediately she nailed the throttle, tail wagging through the exit cones onto the main straight and for the rest of the lap, it was a tail wagging, power sliding, high revving roller coaster of a ride around the ‘ring in the wet with one of the best racing drivers to drive the track ever. It was over too soon but forever etched in our memories. The next day, we took the rented Mercedes out onto the track for 2 laps. Thankfully it was dry and sunny but we ended up getting the engine warning light and causing it to go into ‘limp’ or ‘safe’ mode! Still, that’s quite a feat that we gloat about! To say it was a trip that we’ll never forget is an understatement. No other road trip I’ve ever taken beats that one.

  25. Richard Dre says:

    I was a mere boy. My hair a shock of blonde and my teeth still crooked. My shorts high and my worries few. I sat in the back of the Volkswagen camper van, staring out across the crop fields as we whizzed by, my vision a golden hue.
    ‘Where are we going Daddy?’ I ask.
    ‘To a magical place, a place full of wonder,’ my Dad says, smiling at his superb use of hyperbole.
    ‘Really?! Wow! Disneyland?’
    ‘Somewhere even more fantastic, somewhere even more beautiful and pure,’ my Dad continues, his eyes darting to the mirror to see my face contort in joy.
    ‘But where?!’ I insist, my voice whining like a sick engine.
    ‘We, Richard, are going to Brands Hatch. To the Formula Ford Festival.’

    1. Alistair McDonald says:

      LOL! Nice one.

  26. Niall Reddy says:

    in 2006 Myself and my mate drove from Dublin to Budapest, on a 6 week journey, going through Bratislava,Prague, Munich, Vienna and more. Our main destination was the Sziget music festival in Budapest, but had so many amazing stop off’s along the way including detours through the alps. Many beautiful places between stops, but in Budapest we went to the Hungaroring to witness Jeson Button winning his maiden Grand Prix, it only helped to top off the whole trip even though I sat in the pouring rain from 6am.

  27. Conor Jennings says:

    My dream roadtrip happened in 2010. I travelled to Sydney from Ireland to visit friends over there. It was the best month for a race fan!. We started off in Sydney, took in the Olympic Village which was being set up for the Aussie V8’s, so we got to drive the track with fences and walls in place. We made our way to the Blue Mountains. Then we roadtripped through the most beautiful place in the world, the Great Dividing Range – Mt. Koscisuzko, the highest point in Australia. – 35 degree heat, and snow still on the mountain tops by Thredbo, mesmerising. We travelled on south to Melbourne, where we took in Albert Park. Oh how great it was attempting to drive around it and walk down the pitlane – beautiful. Then on to Philip Island just south, karting, lap of the track!. Fantastic road trip!.

  28. mark tidman says:

    My best road trip was travelling to Silverstone in 1999 for my first ever gp we set off about 11pm the night before in excitement and wanting to get parked after hearing how bad the traffic could be back then of course we had no such problems leaving at that time of night and the roads were clear but the shear adrenaline of knowing where I was going and what I was going to see makes that my favourite road trip. And seeing and hearing F1 cars live for the first time made the hairs on my arms and legs stand on end. And although my hero schumacher broke his leg on the first lap I still had Eddie in the other Ferrari to cheer on.The Experience blew my mind and remains one of the most fantastic days of my life. going to spa would be another dream come true

  29. Lost Bamboo Stick says:

    Whilst my road trip will sound boring and undeserving of the prize, this is a memory that will always live strong in my heart. A less glamorous trip then some, I can remember vividly travelling the UK with my special Little Marshmallow Koala. From the passenger seat, I was charged with making sure we got to the days destination in one piece. Despite the standard arguments “why didn’t you turn there,” “If you’re the better driver, then you drive” we would always finish the day in absolute awe for each other, a true match made in heaven. Since those days I have said and done many wrongs. We are due to try and work things out in September and being F1 fans, this would be in my eyes the ultimate way of saying sorry and asking for a new start in finding our beloved friendship we once had, bliss Memories…

    1. Lost Bamboo Stick says:

      Whilst this is a highly subjective competition dependent on how much popularity you raise from your post, I hope the avid James Allen followers (for which I am one) would give me a once in a lifetime opportunity to say sorry in a truly unique way.

      1. Harry says:

        Good luck!

      2. Christie says:

        Awww! +1

      3. Amy says:

        Good luck steph’s bro

      4. Duslim says:

        Good luck!

    2. Annika says:

      Good luck! I hope you win and can share the experience with her.

    3. Becky Greenaway says:


      1. Zoe says:

        Good luck hun, I hope you win. Xxx

    4. Ruben says:

      Good luck Steve!

    5. Steph says:

      Good Luck bro xxx

    6. Abbie says:

      good luck

    7. Hannah says:

      Go Steve! Good luck with your plans xxx

    8. Lukas says:

      Good luck!

    9. Lukas says:

      Good luck dude!

    10. Hugh says:

      Good luck!

    11. Ben says:

      Good luck fella!

    12. Jared says:

      + 1, Good luck

    13. Phil says:

      This is hilariously soppy – I can’t help but get behind it.

    14. Carol-Anne says:

      Good Luck Steve!!!!

    15. michal hallside says:

      Best of Luck bro!!!

    16. Joe says:

      Good Luck.

    17. Annie says:

      Well, I hope you win. Good luck!

    18. Shannon says:

      Good luck Steve!

    19. Jamie says:


    20. Baz says:

      Good luck

    21. Adrian says:

      good luck Steve

    22. Tom Loveluck says:


    23. Tom Hird says:

      Good luck

    24. Oli says:

      Agreed, good luck!

    25. James says:

      Good luck, Steve! :)

    26. Fidelio says:

      Good Luck

    27. Aubrey says:

      hope you win! :)

    28. Cox says:

      Good luck Steve :)

      1. Simon says:

        Good luck!!

    29. Leo says:

      Good luck. Don’t feel the tank with cheese…

    30. Boris says:

      Good Luck

    31. Aline says:

      Best of luck Steve!!

    32. Brie says:

      Good luck

    33. Matt says:

      Good luck!

      1. Jack says:

        Good luck steve!

    34. Tom says:

      Good luck steph’s bro

      1. Reece says:

        Good Luck Steph’s bro

    35. Dave says:

      Hope you can make this happen Steve! Good luck!

    36. Nikki says:

      Good luck dude!!!!! :)

    37. Mareike says:

      All the best of luck from Wales! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  30. William Graham says:

    My favourite road trip was to Liverpool. Nothing far, or spectacular, but I did get to go with a great friend and we had an amazing time in an amazing city. We listened to some silly radio songs and sung our hearts out, as you do, as we travelled on our way to one of the best experiences we have ever had. I can only imagine how fantastic it would be on a road trip to quite possibly the greatest F1 track on earth. I will never forget that trip, as it was my first proper road trip, and I loved every moment.

    1. nog veel succes en zie da gewint

  31. Bart De Pauw aka Baghetti says:

    My most memorable Road Trip ever was actually very Formula 1 related! After an unsuspecting first leg from where I live in Belgium all the way over to this tiny picturesque German city named Bad Kreuznach where this car-obsessed eccentric decided to offer a rare 1955 Autocourse magazine that triggered the Trip in the first place, some inevitable reading caught me up in nostalgic feelings and made me decide to take a first detour towards the Eifel mountains and its Green Hell. It was just overwhelming to be at the place where my all time favorite W196 once really came to life. But still I hadn’t had enough! It being May 11th 2012, the spirit of my eternal hero made me take directions towards the twilight wrapped Zolder circuit. It was the perfect end to a day on the Road in the slipstream of my F1 passion!

    1. Jasper says:

      At least not one of those fuel-lacking trips!!:-) enjoy Spa!!!

    2. Koen Van den Bossche says:

      If only you picked the right team … ;-)))

    3. Renilde De Gendt says:

      I’m impressed by so much F1-adoration. Enjoy!!

    4. Vermeulen Ilse says:

      You feel the passion !!!!

    5. Nicole says:

      Good luck Bart !
      Hope you may win :)

    6. Vanessa says:

      Do you need some company for your next Road Trip? Hopefully from Belgium to London to Spa… Good luck!!

    7. renild de gendt says:

      I like it! :-)

    8. Sven says:

      Best of luck Bart! If there is one person who can really value and truly enjoy this F1 experience it has to be you.

    9. Olivier says:

      Interesting. Nice road trip! By the way, I fully agree with you on the W196 which was really an amazing car.

      Good luck,

    10. Mark says:

      Good luck. I hope you win !!

    11. yves says:

      Go, go, go!

    12. Deweerdt-Pauwels says:

      Bart is the most passionate f1 fan, we know…
      He never misses a race!

    13. Yves Deweerdt says:

      Bon chance!

    14. Luc De Clercq says:

      Go for it Bart!
      Go for it

    15. Rachelle & Steve says:

      We want to see a lot of funny pictures on facebook when you are at the race ;-)

    16. Patrick Catthoor says:

      If the enthusiasm of your story could ensure you the winning ticket, you wouldn’t have to worry, you would be in Spa already !

    17. NeverCMie says:

      I was not here, I didn’t reply, nobody saw me !

    18. The Weskiping says:

      Everything Bart does, is imbued with passion. That is as we know him !

    19. Kamiel says:

      What a passion for the F1 race !!!!
      Go for it and many luck

    20. Stefaan says:

      Keep on the spirit (both meanings) :-)

    21. Danny Van Duysen says:

      Go for it Bart

    22. katrien says:


    23. katrien pauwels says:

      t amusement

    24. David says:

      Washington you all the best for this contest

    25. cookie monster says:

      Counting down the days until August 15th … exciting!!!!

      1. miss peggy says:

        Go for it!

    26. Nathalie Martens says:

      Go Bart GOOOOOOOOOoooo*****!!!

    27. Tom Theneighbour says:

      Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
      I know you are when it comes to F1.
      Chase the dream with passion and you will get it!

    28. jozefien says:

      Don’t let your dreams be dreams!
      Go for it, buddy!

    29. lOUISE says:

      goooo for it ;d

    30. Philippe says:

      Go go Bart!!

    31. Philippe Hoff says:


    32. Kristof Peerens says:

      Woohoo…keep on going Bart!!!!

    33. Laurent says:

      Good luck, Bart!

      1. Saloua El Moussaoui says:

        Good luck, Bart!I feel your passion…and I love it!

    34. Elly De Meyer says:

      Success !

    35. Philippe Vandamme says:

      Good luck !

    36. Jonas Depelchin says:

      Come on, Bart!

    37. 7en says:

      Best of luck Bart!

    38. Dieter Neirinck says:

      When in doubt… go flat out ;-)

      Good luck Bart !

    39. Els says:

      Good Luck, i support your F1 obsession!!

    40. Els says:

      Gogogo! But first Lokerse feesten!

    41. Steven Deman says:

      C’mon Bart!!!

    42. Tom Deman says:

      Go Bart go!!!

    43. Kristin says:

      Take your chance, Bart! You can do it!!

    44. Ireneke says:

      Allé hup! Bart hup

    45. Andy says:

      This time at the right spot: I still liked our Portugal roadtrip more!-)

    46. Ruth says:

      Formula ‘Bart’ : GO F1 – GO F1- GO F1 !!

    47. Angelica says:

      Laat ze maar zien wie hier de grootste F1 freak is!!!

    48. Katrijn says:

      Goodluck !

    49. Wouter says:

      G’Luck, Webber for Worldchampion this year!

    50. Valerie Theneighbour says:

      No self combustion for Bart indeed.
      He’s always on fire when speaking of F1!
      I’ve never met someone who lives the F1-passion like he does. Crazy but beautiful to see someone going for a dream that hard.
      Succes Bart! Hope you’ll go!

    51. kefin voubert says:

      Seems like u are starting to get quite some votes :O

    52. jacob says:

      for old times’ sake!

    53. Manu says:

      Bart, I hope you can turn that crazy F1 spirit to its full value with this experience!!!

    54. Karen says:

      I hope you win your 7th heaven-trip! Good luck!

    55. Patje Vandentafeltennis says:

      Jow Bartje

    56. Patrick Ditisdevijfde says:

      yes yes yes

    57. catthoor says:

      Veel chance !

    58. pca nummerzeven says:

      At least I need a pic as a prove my efforts weren’t in vain

    59. VAT says:

      Hope you get the chance to go to the next round!Your F1 skills/knowledge will pay off then!:)

    60. Niptuckster says:

      You should win! Loved your post.

    61. TP says:

      Bart is indeed on fire when speaking of F1!

      Good luck man!

    62. Tom De Smet says:

      Good luck from HR!

    63. Manuela Colombino says:

      Buona fortuna!!

    64. MAT says:

      You deserve to win!!!!

    65. Sofie says:

      GOOD LUCK!!! :)

    66. David says:

      My boss instructed me to support you. During working hours, mind you. So here you go.

    67. Peter says:

      Bart yes you can !!!!

    68. mb says:

      hop hop bart met de ping pong aan de top!

    69. martine says:


    70. eric says:


    71. Rebecca says:

      We’re sure you’ll win!

    72. DE PAUW Jozef says:

      I hope you win !

    73. Nessie G says:

      Waw Bart, you’re doing well!! Smells like victory ;)

    74. Meersman Annic says:

      GO BART – I hope you will make it

    75. Julie says:

      God will be with you!

    76. Mieke says:

      Go for it Bart! Have a nice time!

    77. Pk/. says:

      You totally deserve it Baghetti !!!

    78. Sven says:

      Good luck !!

    79. Raf says:

      Go for it Bart

    80. Tao says:

      A freak’s got to do what a freak’s got to do!-)

    81. Marijn Noens says:

      Everything to realise a dream for a young boy, :-)

    82. Joost says:

      A little fuel for my friend…

    83. stephanie says:

      Vroem! :-)

    84. Speedy Gonzales says:

      “¡Ándale! ¡Ándale! ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!”

    85. Fons De Spons says:

      Go baguette!

    86. Géraldine says:


      you are a real F1 fan!

      Good luck,

    87. Frank De Tank says:

      Bart 4 president!

    88. Olivia says:


      I hope that you will win!

      I love you,

    89. Manuela says:

      Forza Bart!!

    90. Evelein says:

      if it can help
      go for it but mind the speed limits :-)

    91. Jochen says:

      Hope you win it, Bart.

    92. assenav says:

      Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Bart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    93. Geert says:

      Go for it!!!

    94. Marijke says:

      Good luck, B!

    95. Jeroen says:

      good luck

    96. J says:

      and the winner is …

    97. jeroeng@skynet.be says:

      good luck!

    98. Chantal says:

      Hope you are the lucky one Bart!!!

    99. Karin says:

      Go Bart

    100. Flor says:

      Good luck, Bart!

    101. De Pauw An says:

      I hope you will succeed – goodluck

    102. Flor says:

      Good luck,Bart!

    103. Wilfried De Malsche says:

      Don’t drive drunk

    104. Inge Blommaert says:

      Wish you a ticket to F1-heaven

    105. monique van de vyver says:

      simply the best,better than all the rest…………………………………..

      1. van raemdonck musetta says:

        Good luck !


    106. Stephan says:


      Vrooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaam on the road to a magic weekend at Spa, hmmm, I wish it, but don’t forget your umbrella. Although I would like to have a very super hot weekend (good for tyres) so that lucky winner number 8 (Kimi, Romain) can get out of the box.


      Good luck.


    107. THUY GRETA says:

      Go Bart, you are simply the best !

    108. Lieve says:

      I hope you get to enjoy it while I will be “racing out” my own number 1 ;)
      Good luck!

    109. Lieve Maris -van Goethem says:

      Trust you to make it!

    110. Paul Govaert says:

      Go for it !!

    111. Kathleen says:

      Have fun !

    112. theo baeke says:

      with a little help …

    113. Veel succes!!
      vanwege uw ex-vakantiejob-collegaatje!!

    114. Joelle says:

      Hey bart,
      Just go with the flow and you ll be nr 1 …toi toi toi…

    115. Geert says:

      succes Bart !!

    116. Leen says:

      Go for it Bart!

    117. Kathy A says:

      Go for it Bart ! Success !!

    118. Rachelle says:

      Good luck, I want to see some pictures in Facebook =)

    119. Kristel says:


    120. convents Jan says:

      Good luck Bart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    121. Thierens Lydia says:

      Go for it bart

    122. Thierens Lydia says:

      You can win it ,bart!

    123. Sara says:

      Veel succes Bart!

    124. josephine klinkers says:

      go Bart – Go !
      we want to hear from you !

    125. Kurt Ceulemans says:

      Good luck Bart !
      Go for it !

    126. Edwin says:

      Als F1 fans onder elkaar, zijn meer woorden niet nodig ;-)
      Best of luck.

    127. Francesco says:

      Vai Bart!!

    128. Geert says:

      Run Forrest run… I mean Drive Bart, Drive
      Good luck from that silly guy on the 6th :-)

    129. De Pauw Veerle says:

      You are the best.I hope you win.

    130. Guy De Prijcker says:

      Komaan Bart, je bent een “winner” !!!

    131. Koen Plasmans says:

      Good luck. I hope you win !!

    132. Dirk Spiessens says:

      Go for it, Bart. You are a winner!

    133. Bec says:

      Good luck!!!!

    134. Michèle says:

      Monza is better, but hope you make it to Spa!:-)

    135. K says:

      Go baaaaaaaaaaaaaart!!!!!

    136. Kurt Descamps says:

      Go Bart

    137. Bruno says:

      Cheers, i am sure you will win!

    138. Rita says:

      Another vote for the winner!! :-)

    139. johan eekhaut says:

      formule 1 ,geniet ervan!

    140. Joanna says:

      You can have it!!!!!!

    141. Joanna2 says:

      Sister said you have to win!!!!

    142. Yves Deweerdt says:


    143. Nicole says:

      go go go !!
      Hope you may win

    144. Smet David says:

      Go bart

      1. Benedikt Sas says:

        Hit the gazzzz Bart!

    145. Caroline says:

      Ready for the challenge?

      Fasten your seatbelt, because Speed is all you need!


    146. Ivan Van Elst says:

      On our marks ! Go! Fingers crossed, up to the finish!

    147. Ellen De Taey says:

      Go for it !

    148. Magicwilly says:

      Have a nice day

    149. Roels Yolanda says:

      go for it Bart, hope you win

    150. Martine says:

      go Bart gogogogo

    151. Wimpie says:

      Hit the gas, drive safely and don’t crash the ladies in front of you ;-)

      Good luck!!

    152. Els Van Rumst says:


    153. If you win the tickets, can I come with you? Pleaaaase? Picture Bambi eyes :-)

    154. Philippe R says:

      Allez les Ardennes!!

    155. Valerie Theneighbour says:

      Go Bart! Love your passion!!!

    156. Vlieke says:

      Enjoy the speed on your next trip!

    157. Meter Lie says:

      Good luck!

    158. Eric says:

      Gaas geven he.

    159. Tiffany says:

      With a little help from your friends;-)

    160. Laura says:

      Life Your Dream, but wear our Jean!!!

    161. Dette says:

      Go Bart

    162. MAGGIE says:


    163. Daphne says:

      Heel veel succes Bart! x

    164. Christophe Ongena says:

      You will go!

    165. Isabel P. says:

      Thumbs up! Good luck!

    166. Femke says:

      good luck!

    167. kristof vu says:

      go baaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrt!!!!!!!!!!!

    168. Shiv says:

      Hope you win Bart! :)

    169. Elke says:

      We know you can do this.

    170. Hilde says:

      Shake it, man, and good luck !!!

    171. Dirk Martens says:

      Ga ervoor Bart!

    172. Karin D. says:

      Go Bart !! No other person is so bitten by F1 as you are. Good luck !

    173. Michel VD says:

      The best of luck ! You are definetly the one who deserves to win.

    174. Sylvie says:


    175. Tom DLC says:

      Vroem vroem, op naar Spa!

    176. Jelle Van Duysen says:

      Hi Bart!

      Hope the best (you) may win this contest!

      May the G-force be with you!

    177. Michel says:

      Last time I wrote GO BART was to support the Benelux Adventure Race Team in the WC adventure crace in Tasmania….
      They came 46th out of 102 teams.
      Hope you do better

      1. Proot Jacques says:

        go go Bart!

    178. Therese Tilkens says:

      Sure, you’ll win.

    179. jean-mick says:

      good luck bart!!!

    180. Geertrui says:

      Enjoy it :-)

    181. Bruno Van Eetvelde says:

      +1vote lf 2012

    182. Bas says:

      Go Peter bartjen.!…..

      1. Paulien says:

        Good Luck

      2. Michael says:

        Vooruit Bart!

    183. Ine VD says:

      Go Plakker Go!:-)

    184. An seghers says:

      Good Luck bart

    185. John says:

      Ping Pong supports you to go to F1

    186. Herwin says:

      Let’s go for the fun !!!!

    187. Gino Reyniers says:

      Looks like a nice trip, good luck Bart

    188. Yvette says:

      Succes van de tafeltennis!!

    189. Rob Klimop says:

      vroem vroem

    190. Sven Hofman says:

      three, two, one start !!!

    191. lissa says:

      You’ve got my vote!

    192. jasper says:

      and also my vote f course ! (although you don’t know me)

    193. Jan Van Impe says:

      Let’s go for the winning team

    194. An De Graeve says:

      Let’s do it now Bart !

    195. Valerie says:

      Go 4 it Bart! And send us a card…

    196. Laurens says:

      Go Bart Go!!!

    197. Tappy says:

      All the best!

    198. Els S says:

      Bart, Off You Go!!

    199. Elke says:

      Go go go Bart!!!

    200. luna says:

      bart goooooooooooooo

    201. milan says:

      gooo bart gooo

    202. Nelly Verheeken says:

      Let’s start now – vroummmmmmm

    203. Luc Van Puyvelde says:

      Go, go, up to the end Bart

    204. Tommy says:

      Bartje smos is the best!

    205. milan says:

      go bart

    206. Tim says:

      Go Bart!! Go!!!

    207. Dave says:

      Good luck!

    208. Katia says:

      Go Bart!! And then come back!!

  32. nico says:

    I’ve never been on a road trip so strictly speaking I can’t enter. but in my dreams it would be setting off on a Friday of the Belgian go from a soggy central London. Along the way there would be many a heated debate over red bull’s latest interpretation. After meeting newey at the hotel bar, im suddenly lined up to take the bed-ridden finger boy’s race seat. My brain melts. The end

  33. Craig D says:

    When I was 11 my single-parent Mum took me and my brothers on holiday to Spain for our first trip abroad. Unfortunately she was too scared to fly so we went by coach: all the way from Huddersfield to the Costa Brava.

    At the time I’d never been south of Macclesfield so even the M25 was an eye opener. The ferry across the Channel was nice, though Mum wouldn’t let us go outside for fear of falling overboard.

    Tiredness set in across France and we grew sick of it. I remember Ace Ventura Pet Detective being shown on the tv; Mum grew concerned during a sex scene with Courtney Cox.

    We also stopped at a small restaurant. The owner said there were rooms upstairs for a bit of “hanky panky”. This confused me.

    After what must have been at least 18 hours we arrived in Spain and it was good.

  34. Richard Trange says:

    My most memorable road trip was when me and my dad was going on a father and son roadtrip to the Spa 24h race in 2005. We drove all day long from Stockholm and got more and more thrilled for the weekend as we passed a few karting-tracks on the way. During the night we arrived in the Ardennes and stopped to read the map. As we parked the car we heard a familiar sound, it was the GT1 cars having their night practice session! We were seriously close without even knowing it! As we worked our way upwards to the Les Combes section, the sound became more and more rich and we started to feel the smell of barbecue from the camping sites.. And suddenly we saw the yellow lights from the GT cars through the forest, we were there, at Spa-Franforchamps, and it was magical!

  35. Bionor says:

    I haven’t taken many road trips, but one comes to mind.

    My friend and I was a little bored one day and decided to take a small 2-3 day road trip to my sisters place in a place in Norway called Trondheim about 8 hours from my place.

    When we got there it was night and we decide to sleep in the car next to a gas station. Across the road, the police showed up apparantly to raid a house. Curiously we looked and this the police noticed and decided to search our car as well.

    The next day on the road home again we were stopped for going too fast, and two hours later we stopped at a gas station for some food and to fix the cd player which had become disconnected. While doing this, some people thought we were trying to steal the car and called the police.

    Once again they stopped us and searched the car. While this happened my mother called me and said she had reported me missing! I asked the police if this was correct and they said they could not see any report. I told my mother i was with the police and that they said i wasn’t reported missing. She didn’t belive they were there and asked to talk with them.

    Apparantly mothers scare the police because they suddenly had to go.

    Crazy trip :)

  36. Jim Randolph says:

    150 words isn’t enough to describe my best road trip. This one wasn’t far, from my home in Vancouver to the Portland International Raceway in Portland, Oregon for my very first track day. It was also in my very first Ferrari. At 55 years old, I had dreamed of owning a Ferrari all my life and had finally just purshased a used, but beautiful F355 Berlinetta. It sounded like a symphony as I drove, anticipating being able for the first time to drive it like every Ferrari is built to be driven. And my first time on a real race track. This trip was, as is so often said, “All about the journey.” It was, to me, like actually being at Spa, as I weaved through traffic, around the various thrilling interchanges, and finally the final few exciting corners, as I approached the gate to the race course. I was “Sterling,” if only for a few short miles.

  37. Mark says:

    I was the “Merch Guy” (and unofficial freak magnet) for a punk rock roadshow.

    It was winter. Half a dozen bands from around the world were touring western North America together. The sponsors included a snowboard magazine and several snowboard companies, so each show was at a famous ski resort. Everybody on the tour got free lift passes, free gear and free accommodation. We worked hard, rode hard and played hard for three weeks.

    Such a traveling circus made up of rock and roll gypsies is an incredible rush of mountains, music, and adrenaline charged mayhem. Bizarre situations were inevitable.

    Interviews on national TV while sipping champagne in an opulent ski chalet jacuzzi. Bands rocking out on a stage made of snow on top of Whistler Mountain. Tracking tire-slashing vandals through the city to make them pay up. And meeting far too many wonderful, eccentric people to remember….

  38. Luke Clements says:

    I’m not on Facebook or Twitter…so fellow “jameasallenonf1-eans” its up to you.

    My most memorable roadtrip was a very short one in comparison to some of the others but here goes…

    When I was 18 I was working at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, QLD. Australia. If you were desperate enough (and what 18YO isn’t!) you could work 2 jobs and earn more money without the usual hassles of excess tax. So in summer I’d work 5am till 11am as a Storeman and restart about 2pm and work till very late, 2am wasn’t unusual, as a barman for nightime functions that had been booked. And in the busy time of year, come back and do it all again the next day. You could knacker yourself pretty quickly over a few days of that.

    I was driving a clapped out Ford Escort at the time and never had any of the previously mentioned money I was earning. So one night at the end of one of these epic days, I agreed to drop a mate off at his place which wasn’t too far out of the way…even though the petrol gauge was on Empty and payday was next day.

    I dropped my mate off about 2am and began the last 25mins home. About a further kilometre up the road, my fears were realized when the old girl came to a spluttering halt at the side of the road. Now it was a very quiet Runaway Bay suburb and being so late, I didn’t want to go back and bother my mate, so knowing there was a petrol station about 3km’s further on I started the long walk.

    Upon getting there with no money & about $4 in my account, I begged the guy behind the counter to let me take a can (cost $5) and fill it with $4 of petrol, and I’d return the can immediately. No cigar! So I trudged back, and by now at 3am I’m truly the walking dead and with the clouded logic that comes with exhaustion, I started pushing the car along the road to get back to the station.

    There was a few mild hills, and I was really heaving to get up them but made steady progress. About half way along, a weird looking dude coming the other way pulled over and offered some help in the form of driving me back to his place to get some fuel. As appreciative as I was, I wasn’t getting in this guys car at 3.30am. So I waved him on, but actually being the decent guy he was, he returned in about 15mins with a fuel can. You rippa!

    Off we go, get the $4 of fuel and put her in and…no start. Must need a push. So my weird looking hero, starts pushing so I can do a clutch start. Over and over and over again at near on 4am in the morning. Must be flooded (I knew nothing about cars) but I have heard you can undo the sparkplugs and pour a bit of fuel into the cylinder, that’ll get her going! Nope. So after this epic near hour long struggle, this guy is staring hopelessly at the engine while I’m preparing to sleep in the car, and he says “Heh, is this lead meant to be off?” (Distributor cap lead). Puts it back on, and the Escort roars to life. Hallelujah!

    A thousand thank yous to this angel on a dark night, and I’m off. Finally on my way home after a huge day and thinking wonderful thoughts of bed and sleep…

    And at just over 80kph on a deserted nighttime street…the bonnet flys up and bends itself inside out over the widscreen. Swear, curse…get out and laugh my ass off.

    I ended up jumping on the roof, retreiving the bonnet and jumping up and down on it till she jammed back over the engine and so stuck shut it took a panel beater over an hour to get it back undone! Home and sleep…finally.

    PS. I had a Red Bull Racing legal technician check the word count, and according to his interpretation of the rules, he deemed it legal! :) Cheers, Luke Clements

  39. Mickrock says:

    The best roadtrip I ever had was in 2011. I took 2 months off and toured the Great U.K., atarted off in London, drinks at Royal Ascot, Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, then to party at Glastonbury, off to the Morgan factory for a tour, hired a Plus 4 for a an 8 day trip, off to Goodwood Festival of Speed, to the Hop Farm Festival, then a trip down to Lands End, back up to the midlands, dropped the Morgan off, then the British Grand Prix, then off to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Birmingham, The Cotwolds, a nice Sunday afternoon get-together with my British relatives, a track day driving a ferrari and a Lambo, chillax in Brighton and then finished it off in London with a good ol’ British riot, a Rugger game at Twickenham (England V. Wales) then home to Canada. Trip of a lifetime… Note to self: Need to that again (without the riot).

  40. Vesa Tormanen says:

    My top-3 roadtrips all happened when we were living in the US. I’ve never even thought of driving such huge distances anywhere else, which felt completely normal there. I’m tempted to say the favorite one was from Boston to Montreal to see the Grand Prix, but there’s just no topping the famous Highway 1 in California.

    We (me, my wife and our 4 year old) drove down from San Francisco to San Diego (Legoland) through the major highways. First stop north was LA and the now slightly derelict Hollywood. From LA we cruised back north along the scenic coastal highway through Malibu, Santa Barbara, San Simeon with Hearst Castle, Big Sur – spending time in all these places that immediately feel so familiar to anyone who’s grown up watching Hollywood movies.

    Looking at the pictures as I write this I want to point our car someplace far away this weekend already!

  41. One of the longest journeys I took was with my family when I was 12 years old. We drove our simple Subaru from our modest home near Sydney down to Melbourne, then across the waves to the island state of Tasmania. I don’t remember a great deal of what we saw and how long we were exploring the island for, though I do recall feeling sick often enough, largely due to my taste for butter menthols. What I now realise is that the long trip listening to my Mum and Dad’s favourite band Abba and the arguments between the two was the last real family holiday we took together, and the best thing was that it was on the road together through the winding roads of the little state of Tasmania. Now 24 years old, I still own that Subaru and it is a constant reminder of my childhood travels.

    1. Miles says:

      Good luck mate.

      1. Sandra says:

        Good luck Rod!!!

    2. Lizzie says:

      Good luck!

    3. Viv says:

      Spa!!!!! Let’s go wooohoo, good luck!

      1. Helen GRANT says:

        bring it on! :-)

    4. Nina says:

      That Subaru just keeps going and going! Good Luck man :)

    5. Viv says:

      Visiting Spa would be incredible! Good Luck :D

    6. Alice says:

      I hope you get to go to Belgium! Good Luck!!

    7. Helen Grant says:

      good stuff Roddles! Good luck :-)

    8. Fergz says:

      good luck bro!

    9. David says:

      It always seems to be the trips that aren’t the best at the time, that end up being the ones that stay with you forever! Thanks for sharing mate, and GOOD LUCK! Hope you get to spa!

    10. Helen Hayes says:

      hahaha love family travel memories! well done!

    11. Stuart says:

      Good luck!

    12. Lea Davis says:

      What a good story of child hood memories and to still have the car amazing. I wish you great success in the competition .Good luck :D

    13. Treelo says:

      Good luck Rod! That Suby has endless vitality!\

    14. Phoebe says:

      good luck :)

    15. Ione says:

      Best of luck!

    16. matt says:

      Good luck mate!

    17. Ash says:

      Good luck rod!!!!! :)

    18. Jessica Burrows says:

      Great story! Good luck Rod!!

    19. Ben says:

      Good luck mate!

    20. Felix says:

      Good luck!

    21. Tim says:

      Good luck Rod! It’d be great to see the photos of your trip nahmean.

    22. Jeannette says:

      Great memories. Good luck Rod.

    23. sam says:

      Woooo Subaru!

    24. Liz says:

      Good luck!

    25. Ben says:

      good one mate

    26. Tynan says:

      Good luck man!

    27. Laura Thomas says:

      Oh wow that’s such a nice memory, my family did a similar thing. good luck!

    28. Michele Lawson says:

      Good luck Rod, does that story mean you will be taking Mum and Dad on the trip for old times sake.LOL

    29. Adrien says:

      good luck dude. hope you get there.

    30. Simon says:

      Good story

    31. Janice says:

      Great story. Good luck!

    32. matt says:

      Good luck mate…fave band abba is scary tho!

      1. Roderick Grant says:

        Haha, yeah that is my parents favourite band, I can’t stand the group though.

    33. Denis says:

      Good luck!

    34. Matthew says:

      Cool story, bro! Hope you get there…

    35. Kerri says:

      Maybe you should have another driving adventure with the family again!

    36. Gumbie says:

      Good luck!

    37. Nik says:


    38. justin says:

      Sounds fun if you win it. GOod luck man.

    39. Luke says:

      Best of luck mate.

    40. Lesley Torrisi says:

      Fingers crossed for you

    41. Marcus says:

      No one more deserving than you! Say hi to webber for me :)

    42. rash says:

      good luck champ, sweet memories always keep us honest!!

    43. Maia says:

      Good luck!

    44. Gareth says:

      There’s no like button. “Like”. Who decides on the winner? I just need a name and a picture, I’ll take care of the rest.

    45. Marta says:

      Hey! I don’t know you but good luck anyway!

      1. Roderick Grant says:

        Thank you kind stranger!

    46. Wiz says:

      Good luck!! :-)

    47. Alex Cameron says:

      Good luck Rod :)

    48. Kirstin Byrne says:

      Best of luck! Great story

    49. Fiona says:

      Good luck Rod!

    50. Josie Lee says:

      Good luck Rod!

    51. Warby says:

      love your work mate, your my hero! :)

    52. Kath McLellan says:

      Sweet story. Go Rod!!

    53. Marlee says:

      Good luck!

    54. Ron White says:

      good luck m8 hope u get there

  42. Nas says:

    While in college studying graphic design a studio gave the students an opportunity to earn money doing commission work. The requirement was to take photos of post offices in selected provinces(South Africa and was given Mpumalanga) for a redesign.

    We covered every inch of the province finding these hidden treasures in rural towns. In four days 2400km’s were covered on long unpopulated roads. At one point my local guide was visibly squirming at the speed being unleashed… I had a 1986 BMWe30 323i and was travelling at 170km/h, an undramatic event for this masterpiece of engineering. I asked:” How fast have you been?”. “sometime, when in reeeal hurry…maybe 140…”. I laughed as it was never anything less than 150km/h on average…

    when leaving the province I was being tailgated by an obnoxious Isuzu Double-cab, putting my foot down I eased up to 210, this old bird flies!! It’s the last time I would be able to drive a car unhinged as three months later the car was stolen from me…good times.

    1. Mart says:


    2. Paul Meyer says:

      Yeah NAS! I can relate, great story. Paul

    3. Jo says:

      Ha! That’s awesome. I have a Team Gusheshe t-shirt lying around somewhere if you like. I think its under my tortoise trophy/ashtray.

    4. Alex says:

      Go baby go!

  43. So this one time I was perambulating through Nevada in some hand-me-down set of wheels a local paperclip tycoon lent me, some antique foreign rubbish it was, a Bugonni 59 Pacific… or was it a Bugillo 51 Adriatic… Nope, wait, twas a Bugatti 57 Atlantic. That was it. Didn’t even have a bloody turbo on it.

    Anyway, there I was, sweltering in the noon-day sun, my backside scorching on the leather, cursing the lack of aircon, when all of a sudden I found myself pulling left. Damn it I thought, a blowout!

    Well I wasn’t very well going to stay there and wait for the cavalry to wander by, was I? So I left the damn thing by the roadside and trekked towards the distant lights of Vegas. Knew a showgirl there at the time. Cindy. Or Mindy. Or Candy… anyway, I knew I’d be in for a good time when I got to her place, so off I toddled.

    That’s the thing about deserts though – deceptive buggers. Turned out the lights weren’t Vegas but some godforsaken hellhole run by cowboys and nuns (if you can figure out THAT unholy combination) So when I got there, dusty, starving, dehydrated and hallucinating, babbling about tyres and showgirls, they decided I needed to be ‘saved’, so they dunked me in a bath of holy water and left me to soak while I pondered my sins. Then, if you can believe it, I awoke to spy a buxom wench standing before me, dangling a set of keys.

    “It’s ma pa’s”, she whispered. “T’aint right what they’re gonna do to you mister. They’re all for selling your sorry butt to a tribe of sun-worshipers over in Bumkiss County for a sacrifice! I can’t let it happen to ya!” And with that she dropped the key on the floor and scarpered.

    Well that was all I needed to hear, I can jolly well tell you. So I strode bare-ass nude towards the door (nodding approvingly at the Lamborghini badge on the keyring as I picked it up), padded confidently down the hall to the elevator (this shack wasn’t all it seemed) and pressed the button marked ‘SSUVL’, which I took to mean, in a flash of lucidity, Super Secret Underground Vehicle Lair.

    Sure enough, there among the armoured assault mobiles, the pink Harley Davidsons and something marked ‘Killer Death Ray’, lay a pure chrome Aventador with a peach and purple suede interior. Well there’s no accounting for taste among hillbillies I suppose. Gunned the engine, popped the clutch, and was supping a nice vegetable broth with my beloved (turned out her name was Eloise. Oh well) by sundown.

    Best road trip ever that was.

  44. Alex says:

    My best road trip was 2 years ago in Namibia, driving a circular trip taking in the spectacular dunes and the skeleton coast. The scenery was amazing and being so close to the diverse wildlife was an experience we’d never had before. The road trip brought us closer to the people and provided us with an experience you could never match with other forms of transport. The roads are so different to what we have established in Europe, with the majority of the roads being dirt tracks, which made the journey a challenge we felt rewarded for completing.

    Memorable moments were unexpectedly coming across a sign saying we were on the Tropic of Capricorn, dead straight roads reaching to the horizon and overtaking trucks kicking up huge dust clouds such that you have no view of what’s coming towards you.

    1. Gareth says:

      Just thought I’d point out why you are not going to win:
      …was 2 years ago… It sounds better when you say “two”.

      …taking in the spectacular dunes… “We’re taking in dunes! Mayday mayday!”

      …brought us closer to the people and provided us with an experience you could never match with other forms of transport… A little bit biased towards cars are we? You’re telling me that walking wouldn’t bring you “closer to the people”? Oh the speed factor, of course. Bus then, you get people, and speed. Oh, you want your own privacy. OK, so actually what you mean is it brought you as close to the “people” (whatever you mean by that) as you wanted, not too close, not too far. So what you should really say is “no other form of transport would bring us to the exact distance we wanted from the people”.

      …overtaking trucks kicking up huge dust clouds such that you have no view of what’s coming towards you…. Well, I’m glad you didn’t kill anyone.

      Good luck though!

  45. Carl Sheen says:

    Road trip from London to Mongolia in a clapped out Citroen AX painted in Jordan GP yellow and Black.

    Waking up in a new country every day was amazing, chalking up the miles in our battered, slow car, unbearable heat and mechanical breakdowns. Fixing the radiator hose at 4am in Germany with chewing gum and tape.

    This was a proper trans-continental road trip, sleeping in the car most nights, shoe string budget and just enjoying the experience of blasting across everything Europe had to offer.

    But the best part of it undoubtedly was raising huge sums of money for charity doing it.

    Reply to me and get me to SPA!

    1. Gemma Sheen says:

      I remember that road trip well…including trying to find an emergency dentist for you in Moscow on a Sunday!

  46. Linton says:

    . All The Best man.

  47. Billy says:


  48. Jon Clucas says:

    A 2 week road trip, with 4 friends in a clapped out 24 year old Mercedes S-Class to a music festival in Denmark, departing England for France, then Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Luxemburg – only being stopped at the English/French border.

    We experienced wonderful culture, food, countryside, music & happy people everywhere we went

    On the last night, we witnessed the Last Post at the Menin Gate in Ypres – a daily memorial service for the troops who gave their lives to make the people of Europe free.

    We had never, nor will be, so moved by such a sombre and special experience.

    Without those brave men & women doing the unthinkable, then the freedom we all take for granted, would never be possible

    1. Alistair McDonald says:

      This is what a road trip is about. Not the car, but the experience. And keeping it within 150 words :-)

  49. Robin Berry says:

    A mad dash all the way from Dundee in Scotland down to Birmingham in 2008 for the MPH motorshow. Three of us in my friend’s Peugeot 206, waking up late and having to make the 6 hour journey somehow in 4 and a half hours in order to get there in time to see the boys from Top Gear.

    Not the most glamourous roadtrip, I’ll admit, but bloody good fun as we kept each other gee’d up for the event we were racing to go attend, singing songs and playing silly games to keep ourselves entertained and the driver awake.

    Glorious weather, a fantastic thing to attend, and two mates to share the trip with and not a boring moment even on the exhausting ride back, showing that no matter what the ride (clunky little Peugeot) or where to (Birmingham, of all places) it’s something I’d love to experience again.

  50. Skunbin Grainca says:

    Participant information:

    Name: Skunbin Grainca
    Address: Fonvindsv 4 58274 Linkoping Sweden
    Date of birth: 1977-01-11
    Telephone number: +46768195880

    Well i do a lot of roadtrips with my family as i love driving and the freedom you have to stop or se whatever you like. But by far the best thing i have done so far is last years trip when me my wife and 2 doughters took 6 months off and whent to Thailand for 1 month and then flew back to Sweden and took the car where we spent 4 weeks in Germany, 1week in Austria, 4 weeks in Italy, 1month in Albania, 2 weeks in Montenegro, and another 2 weeks in Croatia where we drove the small roads up along the coast and i can recommend everyone to drive from Rijeka down to Dubrovnik on the small roads that often go right along the sea. The scenery is amazingly beatifull and you can stop whenever you want and jump in for a swim. Have been a die hard F1 follower since 1994 but never seen a live race, closest experience to it was in an Italian cafe where they showed the race and the italians where like mad chering Shumi in a fight against Alonso (back in Ferrari-Renault days).

  51. Bring Back Murray says:

    A trip of a lifetime.

    It was late November 2002 at a youth hostel in Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.

    Word was out of a spectacular festival in the outback somewhere between Adelaide and Ayres rock to celebrate the total eclipse of the sun.

    Hooking up with a friend from the hostel, our journey to the festival began. The first leg of the journey was taking a cross country bus from Sydney to Adelaide.

    From Adelaide however problems arose. Still 8 hours drive north of Adelaide to get to the festival but no transport was available.
    Luckily in a rental magazine there was still one 12 seater mini-bus available.

    Rented out the mini-bus, went round all the youth hostels in Adelaide, gathered a bus laden of international festival goes and off we set.

    Arrived at the festival 8 hours later and had the best three days partying of our entire lives.

    – that’s 150 words already – if only I could describe this party in more detail!! –

    1. A to the K says:

      Well, the obsessive in me wants to correct your speling and grammer, but I DO want to find out what happened at the party!!!

    2. jhs says:

      Sounds fabulous! Definitely a memory to treasure.

    3. Jas says:

      I think that’s how the best parties happen – someone says “let’s hire a minibus and go for it!”

    4. Bob says:

      Nice one!

    5. CB says:

      Great trip :D When’s the next one?

    6. Log Lady says:


    7. Chloe Wooding says:

      That’s quite an epic journey. Good for you. :) Good luck winning those tickets to Belgium. Fingers crossed.

    8. The Boss says:

      Please send this man on the trip.

    9. tea is me says:

      I love the Australian outback…. also like the faith that no matter what you would get to the party… and you did! Bravo!

    10. chippie says:

      Sounds like a recipe for a party! Good luck!

    11. Ian says:

      lol. Wicked story!

    12. jarls says:

      sounds epic! good luck!

  52. Greg Watts says:

    Truly a great experience, good luck.

  53. Grant says:

    I drove in to work this morning, not the most exciting journey, however sun is shining, windows down, music loud. :-)

    1. Bring Back Murray says:

      Can’t beat it when the sun is out!

      I’ve got a convertible which is very dangerous. Can’t help but go for a nice cruise when the weather is nice. Next thing I know I’ve spent 40 quid in petrol and am in the dog house with the wife.

  54. Rach says:

    My best road trip was with my dad to le mans. It was in 1991 and the year the Mazda won. There are 3 things that stand out from a 12 year old boy. Seeing keke rosberg in the Peugeot that blew up before night time. Walking from Indianapolis to arnage in the dark and watching the brakes light up at night and finally waking up in the car in the morning to still here the cars going round and round! I would now love to take my 67 year old father to spa to repay him!

  55. My friends and I took my ratty old Skoda around western Europe in the heatwave European summer of 2006! We’d just finished our first year of Uni and reunited for an amazing trip around 14 countries in ten days, including taking that Skoda around the Monte Carlo circuit (where we slept on the street on the French border!), up through the Swiss Alps (which left the car gasping for air) and under a firework-lit French sky on Bastille day. Incredible!
    I can’t imagine ever having a better trip, there was something about clunking around in that car together, with the windows down and the radio on that can never be topped.

    1. Dominic says:

      Battered old cars are always the most interesting…

    2. Jeremy says:

      It was a beautiful experience. I look back upon it fondly. As a non-driver (at the time) I could get smashed and appreciate every moment of speed and exceptional driving prowess! The fireworks provided a picturesque conclusion to the best time of my life! It’s been downhill since then :-$

    3. Gary Bollands says:

      Love the fact that you did it in an old Skoda!

    4. Ben says:

      I hope you do it Stu!

    5. Jo Webster says:

      Good times :)

    6. Joe williams says:

      Sounds awesome :-)

    7. Yvonne Taylor says:

      That was a great little motor, even after Ab drove it into a rock. And an amazing trip – glad I didn’t know about some things till after. (Mum)

    8. John Russell says:

      Sounds great

    9. Abhinav says:

      I had a real love hate relationship with that car. I remember you trying to get it tho accelerate when overtaking on the motorway. Terrifying.

    10. Luke says:

      Wish I could have been there; did sound awesome.

    11. Lauren says:

      For the win x

    12. Leslie Youles says:

      What a perfect way to celebrate the end of a year of hard grind and create fantastic memories.

    13. Sam Youles says:

      Sounds like fun. :)

    14. Nicola Langley says:

      Hope you win! :-)

    15. Ling says:

      Good Luck!

  56. Nando says:

    EU residents may not be aware that they’ll need a passport to travel to and from the UK.

  57. Scott Flanigan says:

    Best road trip I ever took, London to Le Mans. Our car broke down just outside Rouen, the pickup driver spoke no English, and after waiting in a disused train yard for a taxi, we were driven past several glamorous hotels to a hotel in the middle of nowhere. The lift had 9 buttons but the only had 3 floors. We also woke up to find a giant “LE MUTANT” beside us and then watched Scooby Doo in French in black and white.

    Honestly, this did happen!

  58. Andrew Mills says:

    In 2009 my brother and I drove 10,000 miles in a Fiat 126 with an air cooled engine the size of a lawn mower across 2 continents, 11 countries, 7 mountain ranges, and 2 deserts.

    We had times of ecstasy, moments of despair, but to name a few, waking up in a cannabis field, dodging car-sized potholes, a fire extinguisher accident, desert breakdowns, police bribing, a Kazakhstan prison, and partying with mafia were some of my favorite anecdotes.

    Everybody said “you’ll never make it”. At 18 straight out of I school with no mechanical knowhow and only a few months driving experience (none outside the UK), It was a sharp learning curve. Handling the car and the road conditions from autobahns to deserts, from river crossings to mountain climbs. Determined to prove them all wrong, we raised sponsorship and money for charity arriving 2 months later in Mongolia!

    1. Kate Hopper says:

      Good luck

    2. Lora says:

      This is awesome, good luck kid! xx

    3. Anna says:

      Good luck Andy

    4. Calum says:

      Wow that trip sounds amazing would love a trip like that!

    5. Elspeth says:

      wow, good luck in the competition

    6. Gerry says:

      Good experience, mate!

      1. Kirsty Capewell says:

        Wow that sounded Like a challenge good luck :)

    7. Henry says:

      vote for andy he better than super mario

    8. Rach j says:

      sounds lovely

    9. Charlotte says:

      Good luck mate x

    10. Michelle says:

      You were very kind not to mention that at the time, your brother was even less mechanically savvy than you ;) It was an awesome effort for you both and the little green fiat. What was its name again?

      1. Andrew Mills says:

        Chuck Norris

    11. Laura says:

      Sounds amazing! Good luck! xx

    12. Hanna says:

      Thats AWESOME!! Im so JEALOUS!

    13. Kirsty Capewell says:

      Good luck that sounded like a hard challenge

    14. Alex P says:

      Best of luck pal!

    15. Danni says:

      Good luck! I really hope you win! :) xxx

    16. Sam says:

      Good luck buddy!

    17. Laura says:

      Good luck! x

    18. Faith says:

      Love you! xxx

    19. Livvi Grant says:

      GOOD LUCK!

    20. Richard says:


    21. Simon says:

      Great story!

    22. nadia says:

      good luck xxx

    23. luke gash says:

      Good luck, hope you get it :-)

    24. James Eley says:

      Good Luck Friend!

    25. Jonny Brownett says:

      Good luck dude. That sounded like an epic trip! A bit different than most people do at 18!

    26. charlie pickles says:

      Good luck lovely :)

    27. charlotte m says:

      Good luck Andy (: xo

    28. Huishu Jia says:

      Awesome experience!! Good luck!!!

    29. Steph says:

      Good luck Andy!

    30. Laura A says:

      Lots of Luck! x

    31. Chris Morley says:

      Lots of luck Andy x

    32. Jo Morley says:

      Good luck!x

    33. Tyla says:

      Good Luck :D

    34. Rhys says:

      Good Luck Andy, good old fiats! x

    35. Jamie Watson says:

      Good Luck man! Sounds amazing!! xx

    36. Matt Pope says:

      Good luck mate!

    37. Jon says:

      Good Luck!

    38. Kelvin So says:

      good luck

    39. Dan Butman says:

      Wow! Sounds wonderful, good luck!

    40. sophie says:

      Good luck

    41. Rae says:

      woooooooo. good luck

      1. tom says:

        good luck buddy!

    42. Jake Evans says:

      Good luck nice story.

    43. Simon Briars says:

      Good luck buddy!

    44. jake west says:

      good luck

    45. Rich says:

      Good luck mate!

    46. Hayley says:

      Good luck!

    47. Chris says:

      Good luck buddy, sounds like you had an epic road trip, hopefully this will round it off.

    48. Tom says:

      Good Luck Mate!

    49. Anthony says:

      Good Luck !

    50. Lyla says:

      Good Luck Andrew, what an experience, awesome! X

    51. ryan says:

      pretty epic trip by all accounts!good luck and make sure you take someone very special with you!

    52. Raul says:

      Sounds amazing. Good Luck with it!

    53. josh says:

      good luck

    54. James says:

      Good Luck!!!!

    55. kobe says:

      gd luck mate hope u succeed!!!^^

    56. John Foyle says:

      Good luck mate!!!

    57. Lucinda says:

      Good luck, Mr Mils!! NK forever xx

    58. Ben says:

      have it!!! good luck mate

    59. Beth says:

      Good luck :)

    60. Patrick says:

      Good lad andy sounds like some trip!! And now an advanced driver :)

    61. jon dolman says:

      fantastic. must have been a great trip.

    62. Jayne says:

      And I went grey with worry as you set off so very unprepared!

      1. Oli says:

        Best of Luck Andy!!!

    63. Vicki says:

      Good Luck Andy x

    64. Hadley says:

      Wow! – what an amazing trip! You truly deserve to win!

    65. jennie says:

      Good luck ;)

    66. Aparna says:

      Good luck! Heard from your mum about this.

    67. Paul Davies says:

      Great stuff – good luck!

    68. Jon says:

      sounds fun.

    69. Carol says:

      Well done – good work.

    70. Carol vdW says:

      Great story.

    71. Dan Vokes says:

      Good Luck Mills!!!!

    72. James Goss says:

      F1 love! Good luck!

    73. Crumpy says:

      Good luck Andy :)

    74. Pippa says:

      Good Luck Mills!!

    75. Rachel says:

      Wow. Epic! You deserve to win!!

    76. Toby says:

      Sounds good buddy

    77. Zoe says:

      Good Luck!!

    78. Lauren Wallace says:

      Good luck Andy! :)

    79. Aimee Hearn says:

      Hope you win Andy!

    80. Morwenna ridgeon says:

      Good luck Andy Xx

    81. Roland Moore says:

      Good start. Still a lot of mototing experience and roadcraft to learn.

    82. Toby Koshy says:

      Good Luck

    83. Rob says:

      What a trip, never to be forgotten – not least because I now manage The Mongol Rally ;)

    84. Dan says:

      Bon chance, amigo.

    85. Zaie says:

      Good Luck Andy Mills :)
      Love the story x

    86. Olivia Hamilton says:

      Good luck :)

    87. Olivia says:

      Sounds great, good luck :)

    88. beckymitchinson says:

      Best of luck……….

    89. rich says:

      good luck mate

    90. Dan Wells says:

      Good luck – may the best twitterer get it!

    91. pete says:

      Good Luck

    92. Millipede says:

      Hands down the best road trip… None of this driving round Europe for a couple of days rubbish! You guys went large and got to Mongolia. Hope you win! Xx

    93. Dudd says:

      Sounds like an epic trip. Good luck with this one too.

    94. Savanna says:

      Good Luck Andy! Amazing story xxx

    95. Cat says:

      It was a great adventure!Good luck!

    96. Tim says:

      A truly amazing experience. Good Luck!!

    97. Phil says:

      Wow, amazing. good luck

  59. Bring Back Murray says:

    I hope I’m not competinng against some of these people who have about 500 mates on facebook

  60. Rob Sinfield says:

    My best road trip was in 2004, following the route of the first week of ‘ Le Tour de France’, which as it happens, started in Belgium that year.
    My son and I spent a brilliant, sunny, ten days driving to different tour stages in Belgium and France, taking in Liege, Namur, Arras, and many villages in between, in our trusty 1959 Mo