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Posted By: James Allen  |  01 Nov 2012   |  5:49 pm GMT  |  654 comments

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

Now we are at it again with a superb opportunity thanks to our partner UBS and to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team.

We are offering 10 people the chance to tour the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory in Brackley, England. You’ll go behind the scenes of the team for which Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher raced this year and for which Lewis Hamilton will race next season. You’ll see where and how the cars are made. And you’ll be accompanied by our own James Allen.

Refreshments will be served at the start of the event and there will be lunch afterwards.

And James will be there to accompany you all the way and to give insights into any areas of interest you may have in current F1, including race strategy.

The Tour takes place on Thursday November 8th, with arrival at 09-30am for a 10am start.

Entry is simple: Leave your name below and we will select ten winners at random on Saturday night, from 19-00HRS UK time. A post notifying the winners will be put up soon after.


Terms and conditions

– Prize does not include travel to and from Brackley, Northamptonshire.

– Competition is free to enter

– Only people excluded from entering are employees of other F1 teams, suppliers or competitors.

General 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 will adhere to all health and safety briefings provided by the Organiser;

The Organiser reserves the right to exclude any party from the Event immediately should such party contravene any of the above terms and conditions.

1. ELIGIBILITY
• Participation in the competition is open anyone aged 18 and over, save for employees and contractors of rival F1 teams, suppliers or competitors, 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 confirm that they will be available to attend the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory on Thursday 8th November.
* Travel to and from the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory is at the winner’s own expense.
• 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 16-00 PM GMT on 1st November 2012 and 19-00 PM GMT on 3rd November 2012 (the “Entry Period”).

Winners will be notified by email and the names of the winners will be posted on the website www.jamesallenonf1.com

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1

Yes please!

Phil Lewis

2

Would love this opportunity!

3

Yes please

4

Please enter me for the comp.

Fingers crossed.

5

Yes Please! Here's hoping!

6

Would love to! Thanks

7

Sounds good. Entered.

8

Yes please !

9

Great site, really informative.

10

Would love a chance to win, thanks James 🙂

11

Wooo!

13

I'm a huge F1 fan and would love to see behind the scenes at Mercedes

14

Please pick me James!

15

Yes please!

16

Yes please!!

17

*fingers firmly crossed*

18

My entry!

19
Russell Clarkson

Russell Clarkson

20

Amazing prize!!!

21

Andrew Hewlett

22

Pickmepickme!

23

Looks fun.

24

A perfect season closes

25

good luck 🙂

26

Pick me !

27

Mercedes AMG Petronas Factory Tour guide competition entry.

28
Alastair MacGregor

.

29

Massive Lewis Hamilton fan

30

Hi, my names paul, I'm a student nurse doing my bit for the country trying to give a little back to society. I don't ask for a lot but would love this opportunity as I am a massive F1 fan and Lewis fan too, really Hopi g Mercedes can do a great job in 2012 too,

31

Would've been great to meet Schumi!

32

Fingers crossed!

33

Having been an F1 follower since 1968, I would love to have a look behind the scenes at the team that has managed to prise Mr Hamilton away from McLaren. Having just taken delivery of my own AMG, I can think of no better place to visit.

34

Pick me! Pick me!

35

Daniel Brooks

36
STephen Richardson

please

37

Would love to go on the tour.

39

Definitely interested! Amazing opportunity 🙂

40

Hi James

It would be amazing to tour the factory with you.

Hope to see you on the 8th.

Andy

41

Would be great to see the processes involved at Brackley 🙂

Matt

42

Tobias Starborg. I'd love to go. Great to see what goes on behind the scenes.

43

This was a nice contest. Would be fun to hitch a last minute plane ticket from Sweden. 🙂

44

My name For Mercedes factory visit.

45

Here's hoping.

rob gibson

46

Fingers crossed'

47

Would love this prize!

This is my entry:

Peter Santamaria-Woods.

48

Matthew Weigh - Aeronautical Engineering apprentice, and huge Lewis Hamilton fan

49

I knew I had next week off for a reason!!

50

Want to see what Lewis is moving in to. Do I wear my Brawn kit?

51

entry for competition.

52

Nice one James

53

Here's hoping!

55

Pick me! 🙂 Phil Cooling

56
Peter Cartwright

I have recently retired and would love to see what goes on in a proper engineering environment

58

I Bannister

59

I'm a true Mercedes fan, this would be a dream come true!

60

Loving the sound of this 🙂

Anil Parmar

61

What a great opportunity. Fingers crossed.

62

Please, please; please!

63

This looks awesome.

64

Please enter me in the competition for the Mercedes tour. Many thanks, Nigel

65

Please consider my entry for this competition even though I live in Scotland, I'd be there in a shot.

66

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67

Hi Tim, do you want me to change my online posting name? If so, no problem. Please let me know asap. Thanks.

Tim

68
Paolo Bargiacchi

What a great opportunity, would be so interesting.

Paolo Bargiacchi

69

Yes please!

70

Yes please! Fingers crossed

71

I would be excited to be on the tour!

Vinay P

72

An exciting opportunity and one that has particular appeal to myself as an engineer

and a loyal follower of F1 since 1960.

It is incredible how technology has changed

the sport since then, when teams would carry out work on their cars in a grass paddock from the back of their transporter.

It was much easier in those days for fans to get up close to the cars and talk to drivers and mechanics. With, understandably, much more restriction these days, it makes a tour of the Mercedes factory very priviledged and special.

73
Ritesh Tendulkar

Ritesh Tendulkar

74
Paul Braithwaite

Hi

This sounds like an amazing opportunity and one that I wouldn't want to miss - fingers crossed

Paul

75

thanks for the oppertunity

76

Matt Whitney

77

Would be fantastic to vist the factory, dream time!

Alan

78

Stephen Barry

79

Stuart Fenton

80

I'd be happy to make up number on this one!

81

You never know your luck!

Chris Chalmers

82

What a great opportunity! Pick me! 🙂

83

It would be great to have a chance to look at F1 factory

84
Michael Delahorne

This would be awesome!

85

Yes Please!

86

Pick me please James. Many thanks

87

Count me in

88

Amazing opportunity

Paul Dryburgh

89

a huge f1 and Lewis fan here..would love the chance to do this! Jon G

90
Benny Singarajan

Hope I win, Experience of a lifetime beckons.

91

Love to! Can't wait for the draw!

92
Michael Westbury

Would love to win a tour.

Great competition idea.

Michael Westbury

93

Sounds fantastic!!

Yes please!!

94

Would love a tour!

Dave Hooper

95

I would love to join the party! Please put me in the draw!

Great blog too!

96

I'd like to be part of this tour.

Regards from switzerland

98

Sounds great!

99

Count me in! Alastair Archbold

100

me please 😉

101

It would be a great way to celebrate my birthday visiting the Mercedes factory on the 8th! Ben Bailey

102

Would LOVE to go!! Good luck to one and all! GREAT prize!

103

Oh yes please!

My CLK200 AMG would love to come as well!

104

yesssssssss ill like thow bethere its my big dream greetz frpm the netherlands

105

Count me in!

106

Bogdan Velica

This would be fantastic!

107

A dream come true

108

Ok let's go

109

Hopefully I'm a girl that'll get lucky 🙂

110

All I ask is that I can bring my friend Christian and take lots of photos for the kids Mark and Sebastian........... He he......great prize James.....joshua.

111

incredible opportunity.

112

Pick me! Matt long!

113

Yes please

114

Driven past this place loads of times, would be great to have the opportunity to have a look inside.

115

A wonderful opportunity and a great treat! Nice idea.

116

Please....

117

Should be Interesting!

118

Pretty pretty please!!

119

Another great idea, James, love to come.

120

Oo oo pick me, pick me. James, we met at the fan's forum at McLaren this time last year. Would be great to catch up 😉

121
Steve Cordingley

Please, please, please pick me

122

Seán Craddock

I confirm I can attend the factory on November 8th 🙂

123

I would like to apply for the Mercedes-Benz Factory Tour

124

Would be a good way to spend a day!

125

Yes please, big F1 fan!

126

This is a magnificent opportunity. Thank you James.

127

Sam Hurst

128

Yesssss

129

Please please pick me. I love f1 !!!! Xxx

130

Hope for the best!

131

Fingers crossed, would be a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of my dream sport.

132

Because if I don't win a fairy will die, could you live with yourselves ?

133

Great competition

134

In it to win it! Cheers James 😉

135

Name: Conor Macleod

137

I would love to be able to tour the Mercedes AMG Pertronas F1 Team's base in Brackley.

Sam Bluett 🙂

140

Yes please, not sure how I'd get there etc, but will solve that if I get the chance!

141

Yes Please sound fabulous

142

Rui Sargento

143

Awesome! Natalie Hewitt

144

I would love to be able win this for my girlfriends birthday. Fantastic site as always James!

145

Yes please

Niki Denton

146

Count me in!

147

Oh, I like the sound of this!

Paul Cordrey.

148

Its a wonderful opportunity that I would not like to miss. I had even enquired MGP last year but they didnt have any open days.

YES is the answer

Badri

149

Would love the chance!

150

As a massive fan of Mercedes, Ross Brawn and Michael Schumacher a tour of the factory would be amazing! What a great competition James.

151

Edward Smith

152

Great competition James, I would love to be picked for the tour, and i'm off work next Thursday too 🙂 Fingers crossed.

153

Would love to come, especially as I live in France. Well worth the cost involved!

154

Make my dreams come true !

155

Me too!

Phil Jeffrey

156

Fingers crossed here!

157

Sounds like a great opportunity!

158

I see from many of the comments above that people are hoping they have the best story and will get picked, engineers, retired people, bought an AMG, come on, keep it real.

Anyway I would love to go and James Allen is the best thing since sliced bread.

159

Signing up! 🙂

160

Great prize would love to win

161

Would love to come along on the tour and see behind the scenes - especially as I'll be attending my first GP next year in Spa - knowledge is power! (and it's interesting too!).

162

yes please!

163

I'll be there with bells on, all the way from Ontario, Canada!

James Berti

164

Id love to attend 🙂

165

Ash boyles

166

Sebastian Vella

167

Would love a chance every fans dream

168

Fingers crossed, would be great to offer the chance to my brother as a surprise Birthday present!

Thanks for giving us fans the chance to enter things like this!!

169

Please,please,please chose me - Rodney Lendore.

I have been promoting the importance of Engineering in Berkshire as Chairman of Berkshire Local Network with events at Reading University and local schools.

And a dedicated fan of F1 since 1998.

Please, Please 🙂

170
Mircea Gabriel Pavelescu

Thank you for this chance, if I'm on the list I can fly from Italy.

171

Ben Slater

172
Michael netterberg

Tour would be amazing!!

173

I'm up for that!!

174

Fingers crossed I'm one of the lucky 10

David Hastings

175
Khushvinder Gohlar

Fingers crossed!

Khushvinder Gohlar

176

I would really enjoy this tour, its the chance of the decade to actually to see how the Mercedes AMG F1 cars are built from the ground up. Brilliant!

177

Wow yes please

178

My entry.

Mitesh Parmar

179

Chris Elliott

180

What an excellent prize as a F1 fan for many years the chance to see behind the scenes to see where all the hard work takes place would be a dream come true.

182

Would be nice, thanks.

183

Sounds great!

184

Yes please, would be fantastic

185

Joe Burden

I'd love the tour! And I live in Northampton so getting to Brackley will be no hardship 🙂

186
Steve B AKA Bring Back Murray

Maybe I can nobble the car to make Hamilton go faster next year

187

Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please Please please please please please please

188

I would love to enter but having a disability, I'm put off by the condition about being completely healthy at the time of the event...

So I won't this time.

189

That doesn't exclude you. Healthy doesn't mean not disabled.

I'll check about the access.

190

I can't go anyway cos I'm in Singapore :< but I am rooting for this Suman fellow to be a winner! Don't let anything get in your way Suman!

191

Me Please 🙂

192

Name in the hat.

193

Pick me

194

I am the chosen one!

196

Would love it !!

Please

197

Yes please! Would be fantastic to see!

198

Wow amazing prize.

Andy Smith.

199

Yes please

200

Alex Greenland

201

Yes please!

202

Yes yes please

203

Smashin

204

Fantastic opportunity - bring it on

205

My entry - Josh Hayes

Thank you 🙂

206
Andrew Avramenko

Can I wear my Brawn GP jacket?

207

Reverse psychology...

I don't want to go. Never been a Merc fan and frankly, I'd rather stab myself in the eye with a fork than travel to Brackley.

208

Tech geek F1 fan with GSOH WLTM curvy, sexy, powerful model to stroke, caress and maybe more...

209

Dominic Bell

210

Give right arm to be there

211
jason mansbridge

Pick me please!!!!! 🙂

212

After driving all of the AMG range on the track at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, this would just be the icing on the cake to be there 🙂

Thanks for the opportunity

213

Would like to live the f1 dream for one day.

214

This would be amazing, thank you.

215

Yes Please! 🙂

216

Meeeeeeeeeeeee pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase!

217

Yes please.

Andrew Fovargue

218

me me me me!

-matt

219

Fingers crossed

220

Yes please

221

Please pick me 😀

222
Michaela Butcher

Would like to give you a sob story about how miserable I am staying at home whilst my son and husband are going on a vip trip to Abu Dhabi with Redbull, after my son won Redbullgridsters at Goodwood. But I wont!!!!!!

223

Yes please id love to go!

224

Fantastic prize. Well done.

225

Toby Liggins. Thanks James!

226

Yes please

227

Would find a way there from France for this! Jo Greenland

228

Would love to go please.

229

Oh and jus by chance I'm going to be in the area on that date! May aswell make the most of my travel from the heady lands of the north (Scotland), please pick me!

230

Yes please! 🙂

232

I hope I win!!!

233

Great competition - thanks for running it!

234

Yes please

235

yes please, what a prize to see what I believe is one of the teams with the most potential over the next two years

236

Yes please !

237

Neil

238
mike bowman-wright

What an opportunity to visit a factory with one fantastic current champion, before another one arrives

239

Definitely!!

Kate Hames

240

Tom Hames

241

Pantelis.

Great opportunity!!

Thanks James.

242

Mahmood Bello Sign me up James 😉

243

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244

Would be an awesome trip!

245

Fingers crossed!!

Simon Russell

246

Simon Reed

247

oops. html messed up my word art attempt. It got all Double Diffused.

Was supposed to look like the letters F1. But now looks like Grosjeans' car after the first lap. So my chances for a trip to the Mercedes factory look worse than Jenson's chance to win the drivers WC.

248

Pick me please James.

249

Scott Steele (@darthdawes)

250

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251

Ben Crump

252

What an amazing opportunity! Thanks for the chance to enter.

253

Josh James.

254

My competition entry - Richard Morton

255

A trip of a lifetime , would love to go

256
Robin Rhys Jones

What an opportunity! Yes please!

257

This is a fantastic winners prize. Please add me to the list.

Paul Steele

258

Fingers crossed!!!

259

Awesome!!!

Nick Barton

260
Adrian Legassick

It would be awesome!

261

Yes please.

Thanks James

Ben Ford

262

Andrew Popplestone

263

Yes please!

264

Shes's a looooong, long way from Australia for a factory visit! If you can slip me some 2013 Oz GP tickets too, I'll be there James! 😉 Cheers

265

The odds of being picked look pretty good at the moment! Maybe I'll be lucky this time.

266
Luke McCarthy-Reed

Oooh yes pls 🙂

267

Grand Touriss imo of the year ...what a day..would love to go, please!

Todd

268

Robert Small

269

Please, thank you.

270

I would love to on a place on this tour, a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of an F1 team, accompanied by the ideal tour guide!

Fingers crossed!

Sarah Merritt

271

Great idea, hope to be there

Colin

272

Denis Looby

273

would be a real privilege to be invited on the tour

274

This sounds fantastic! 🙂

275

Amazing opportunity - would love to win! Mike

276

Ooh yes please 🙂

277

Fingers and Toes crossed- what a brilliant day.

278
Jason "Mega Merc Fan" Wilson

Would really love to tour the Merc factory, I'm an electronics engineer and would love to look at my future workplace ;)!

279

The reason I deserve the parachute is...

280

Woooo Hoooo!

281

This would be the experience of a lifetime , yes please.......

282

Matthew Cherng.

Fingers crossed!

283

Daniel Lee

284

Andrew Belson

Could not think of anything better to do! Would be fascinating to see how the team works

285

May I enter a local Londoner friend?

If so,

Adam Treanor

286

Love a chance to see the factory James!

287

Local to the shire!

288

That would be awesome! Love this site.

290

Fantastic competition. Would love to take part in this James.

-Neil

291

yes please

292

Yes Please.

Rajeev

293

Fingers crossed!

294

Yes please

295

MUHAMMAD USMAN GHANI

296

Dan Taylor

297

Thanks for the opportunity

298

The ultimate competition for an F1 fan, who never usually gets the chance to be up close to the cars or drivers. I would love to be one of the lucky ones picked.

299

The ultimate!

300

me me me me me! 🙂

301

'Good Grief' as Danger Mouse may say to Penfold, what a prize! If you could put me in the ballot James that would be wonderful, thanks!

303

me me me me me! 🙂

305

yes please

mark tidman

306

Mark! Thanks

307

just put my hat in the ring too!

308

Yes please - love to go.

309
Mike from Colombia

Yes please! I will come all the way over from Colombia to get this opportunity!

310

Pleeeeeeeeeeasssssse!

311

Yes please

312

Regular visitor through Brackley. Would love to see what's on the other side of the main gate

313

Would love a factory tour, can my wife come too?

Please.....

314

Yes please!

315

Would love to get that bit closer to F1!

316

Now that would be brilliant!

Steve Kennaugh

317

Hi Guys, would love the chance to go on this tour as I am a massive F1 fan & petrol head! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed 😉

Thanks James

318

What an unbelievable offer to visit and see a factory team won any formula one fan would die for

319

Sam White

320

Fingers crossed

Peter Brown

321

Love to go. Count me in.

322

Love to!

Roger Warham

323

I would relish the chance

324

Thatd rock, I've always been a huge britney fan since webber kicked his butt in his debut season, and words cannot describe how I feel about Schumacher punting off my fav f1 driver ever, to deny him his first world championship 🙂

326

Yes Yes Yes

327

would so cool too visit , please please please 🙂

329

Sounds really exciting, would love to go.

330

Yes please.....

331

Please please please pick me!!!

332
Dominic Balaam-Smith

Yes please for the trip of a lifetime !

333

Wow, what a day. Would LOVE to go, please!

334

Yes please!

335

Lauren Hamilton

336

Craig Taylor

337

F1 enthusiast!! Well, that's what I tell people sounds a lot better than obsessed about F1 to 'normal people'!

338

Yes Please...huge Schumi and Brawn fan here!

339

Fingers crossed, I'd love to get to see where all the magic happens at the factory.

340

Consider me entered, please!

341

Wow what a great prize to win

342

rule me out please but if ever one of the top teams offer a guided tour I'd be more than interested!

ok ok, only joking 😉

343

What an interesting opportunity to learn a lot more about the sport.

Joel.

344

Would love to be there on my birthday, and all the way from Australia.

Kosta

345

Matthew Villari

346

Yes please

Andy

347

Great prize for a dedicated fan. Can't wait until I'm picked at random.

348

Thanks James

349

Thanks

350

Vrrrroooooommmm vroom vroom!

351

Thomas Shelley

353

Hoping to be one of the chosen few: and if I am lucky is there any chance of a car park space ?

354

What a fantastic opportunity! Yes,please

355

I'm lucky and I know it 🙂 Akos Vajda

356

Here's hoping

357

Yes please!

Rachel Grace

358

I like these odds..better than a lottery..!!

359

Would love to see that!

Adam harcourt

360

Fingers crossed!

361
MR JONATHAN FAIRFIELD

james allens no:1 fan!

362

PLEASE! fingers crossed

363

Great prize.

364
Mikko Boiakhtchan

You know the old racing adage?

"If you want to win, take a Finn."

Well, here's your chance!

365

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Date: November 1st, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

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Tim, if you want me to change my online posting name it's no problem. Please let me know asap.

Thanks.

Tim

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Yes please

367

Hi James,

It would be so great to visit the tour!

Greetings,

Dirk from Holland

368

Fantastic opportunity ......keeping my fingers crossed!