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Best ever JA on F1 competition: Win Spa GP seats plus the Ultimate F1 Road Trip
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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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This has me drooling already!


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/


Really hope his dreams come true!

Good Luck


Good luck andy pandyyyyy


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


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.


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.


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.


Awesome! Good luck!


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


Wish you all the luck, Rob.


Best of luck, Mr. GPD!


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


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 🙂


Good luck GPD


aha nice! Good luck 🙂


got to be a winner


Good luck!


Good Luck


Sounds cool. Best of luck.


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.


Good luck to you 🙂


sounds fantastic, good luck and hope you win xx


Nice one Rob, get in there!

Mr JA, here be your winner!

Rowenna Pederson

Amazing road trip! Good luck GPD!


Would've liked that! Good luck.


Hope you eat better if you go to Spa


well done olive putting up with them 2


Good luck


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!


Good luck! 🙂


Good Luck GPD


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

Paul Whittenbury

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


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


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


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


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

Alistair McDonald

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


Sounds great. Good luck!


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

Bring Back Murray

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!


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


Is this only for the UK residents?


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.


Please EDIT: "...and ITS main intention..."


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.


Good luck


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


Good Luck mate!


Good Luck Andy!!!


Good luck Andy, sounds like a fantastic prize!


Good Luck, Andy!


Sounds great


Good luck Andy!

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


Good Luck xx


Well deserved! Good Luck!


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


Good luck


Good luck - hope you are successful!


Good luck for the competition x


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


Good luck andy


Good Luck Andy!

(Sorry for replying in the wrong place before!)

Helen 🙂


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


Sounds amazing! Good luck...


the best story, you should win!


Good luck to you in this!


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!



Good luck, blog if you wim mate

Tommytenpin (WW)


Good luck Andy - sounds like an amazing opportunity!! Keeping my fingers crossed...


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


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.


I vote for Andy!


Fantastic idea Andy. Good luck

Martin Broadhurst

You've got my vote!


All the best.


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


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



Good luck! Hope you win the tickets 🙂


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


Goodluck, hope you win this one


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


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!


Best of luck to the both of you. 🙂


Good luck to you both - what an awesome thing! 🙂


Good luck to you, Andy! You're a terrific son-in-law! 🙂


Good luck Andy!


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


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


Sounds great mate

Hope you get to go

Good luck


Good luck Andy!


All the best with this Andy!


What a lucky Father in law

Good luck to you both xx



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,


Shaila Premchand

Andy it sounds like an amazing drive. Hope you

make it.

Good Luck.


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


Good Luck boys!!


Good luck!


Hope this works


Good luck uncle andy, Grandad will love it!


awesome, good luck


Good luck amigo!


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




Good Luck!


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


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

Good luck


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


Good luck xxx


Great story and good luck!


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


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



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).


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.


Good luck! 😀


Good luck Andy!


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


I hope you win! 🙂


Hi, wish you all the best with this, cheers


Wow! Amazing! Best of luck!


i hope you get to go


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


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

Natalie Oakley

Defo deserves it!


Good luck Andy


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


Incredible prize. Very jealous. Good luck!


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




Sounds amazing, good luck Andy!!


Sounds wonderful...fingers crossed!

Emma Guildford

Good luck. x


Good luck Andy, hope you win!


sounds amazing!


Good luck x


GO GO GO!!!!

Good Luck Andy


Great story! Fingers crossed for you. 🙂 pick Andy!


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


A vote from The Gatecrashers Party Band. x

Elaine Thornett

Good luck!

Kamla Shergill

Great story Andy and good luck. 🙂


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


Good luck Andy. Great Story.


Sparetomato, sounds wonderful you have Warwickshires Finest full support.

Hope you win for your Dad.


Awesome story and goodluck 🙂


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


Hope you get there!


Good luck x


Good Luck, fantastic story, best of luck!


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.


Good luck!! 🙂


Good luck Andy!


plz make his dream come true


Good luck Jess!


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


Kathryn Matthews

Good Luck 🙂

emily simmonds

Good luck luv the story hope you win. Xx


good luck x


Good luck Andy!


good luck!!


Sounds amazing, good luck all...


Fingers and toes crossed for you! :)) xx


good luck


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



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

liana mitchell

good luck x


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.


You seem to be enjoying your holiday Jon.

Hope Jenny is too. Look forward to the photo's


Sounds amazing, good luck..


Andy, sounds like a high octane blast.

All the best; from the USA 🙂



Good luck x


Good Luck to Jess's Dad - hope he gets his dream trip x


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


Good luck with this competion hope u achieve your goal x


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.


Sounds pretty awesome. Good luck Andy!


sounds like a fabulous trip, especially in a TT roadster! 🙂


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


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


So want to do this!


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


Good luck, hope you get to Spa.


sounds fab 😀 xx


Ooo fingers crossed! that sounds like an amazing opportunity! 🙂


Excellent stuff, sounds like you had a fantastic time


Good luck with this Andy.

Michelle Crowley

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.


Sounds like a great trip!


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


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


Gd luck uncle andy. I want to go too 🙂


Love it, good luck. x


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


My dad so deserves this x


totally agree


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


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!


Good luck Jessica, hope you win.


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'.


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


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?

Alistair McDonald

Wow, awesome experience!


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


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...:-)


No nationality restriction


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


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.


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


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


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!

Alistair McDonald

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


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


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


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!'


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


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.


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


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.


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…


Hope you win


Good luck. Sorry it took so long.


Sorry to be so last minute. Good tale though.


Broken toe delayed vote. Stop the texts now


Enjoyed tea yesterday. Xxx


good luck Andrew and Ruth. mum x


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


our vote from reception!


One last push huh?


Cool man. go. bro


Go guys goodluck


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!




Good luck!


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


Great story Andrew.


Wow nail biting short story !

Good luck


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


Good luck!


Mango. Mango.Mango. MMMMMMM

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


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


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


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


I wish i had been there i. love maanggo


Mango will never taste the same again. Good luck.


Good luck


Great story


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


Hope you win biiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggggg!


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


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


Good luck xx


Thanks Tilly Mints much appreciated honey


Am I the last from work? Good luck


Justice!! 🙂 xx


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


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


That's not a knife... this is a knife...


Fab story, deserves to win.


Nice story!


Good story - you deserve to win


Brilliant!! - it's just a completely different world!


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


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


Good luck Ruth and Andrew


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


[mod] Awesome story.


Wondered where that was going! Gripping 🙂

Natalie McNeely

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


You're more travelled than I - dear girl!!!


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


love it!


Hope you win


Lovin it


Sounds safer than Warrington


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


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


sounds awesome. loving the instalments too


Great story- makes me want to go on a road

trip this summer!


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

muntaser jaradat

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


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


Hope you win 🙂


Cool story... Good luck! 🙂


Love it 🙂




Wow go Daddy hope you win xx


Good luck AJ xxx


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


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


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


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

Good story.


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


Go ruth, Awesome story!!


Perrrrfect story!!!


This is a great story, Good luck!!!


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


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


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


Pelican bar looks a blast

Kev Mez- Nat West

Best of luck Andy


I'm in too now - can we finish early on Friday?




+1 Vote now dutifully registered 🙂


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


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!


+1 What no Jamaican rum involved?


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.


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


why thank you kind Madam


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


Great Story!


Good luck from us poor workers. lol

Dave Eyebrows Benny

Sounds like a good adventure.


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




Hope you win Ruth.


Cool man. lovin the sequel


Sounds fantastic, good luck



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


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.


Sounds great, hope you win xx


Nice one Aj. Hope you win.


Did you get a refund due to aircon failure?


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.


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


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


Big fan of this!

Ernie Moorehead

Great story Andrew



Sounds like a good trip

James and Louise

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.


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


"Mango was reeeeeeeeeaaaaaal good - hun"


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


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


Great story would love to know what happens next!

Stephen Hewitt

Awe inspiring


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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