It’s Easter!

Well, it’s Easter today! I’ve got two Easter eggs, one bar of chocolate, and a bag of mini eggs, and I’ve still got one egg left to receive!
Really, I’m nearly 23, and I’m still getting excited over receiving Easter eggs, but I think its chocolate that does it, when else are we given this much chocolate, it just takes you back to childhood!

In other news, I have finally restarted work on Linux Links, now I just have the search page to complete before I finally release this long awaited version of Linux Links.
I am aiming to release the updated Linux Links on Tuesday 1st April, no joke! Honest!

I have done a few tweaks to my website and blog, a couple of them you might not notice!

The first is that I’ve separated trackbacks and pings from comments in single post view.

Secondly I have added a print CSS style sheet to both the blog and website, so if you need to print anything out you only get the main content, and not the navigation bars.
I think there is still a few more bits to change with the print style to make it more complete, but its working!

The third is that I’ve signed up for a FeedBurner account, I have already burnt my feed, and you can find it here. I have set up the redirects, so you can continue using the old address, and you will still receive the feed as normal!

There’s a few more that I have fixed or changed as I have been going around, but they don’t really effect anything!

My dad’s off to Brands Hatch this afternoon to watch the Truck racing on Monday, he’s camping over tonight and Monday night and coming back on Tuesday morning.
The Truck racing was awesome last time, and it’s something I would like to go and watch again, the thing that put me off the most is the weather, it going to be cold and wet!

That’s all for this post now, I’ll post more details when I know more!
Till then
See you

Wheres the photos?

Where are the photos?

I am working on it!

The photos are not as good quality as I had hoped they would be, as I was taking the pictures through a metal fence, the camera was focusing on the wires and not what was behind it.

So by resizing the photos, not only will the file size decrease, but hopefully the quality of the photos should improve a little.
I have 72 photos to resize. Then I have to pick the best ones.

And I have to do that between working, and sleeping! Not an easy task!

Off to work now, bye

Truck Racing @ Brands Hatch

You ain’t seen racing ’til you’ve seen trucks racing!

Took my car. Left home about 7:20am. Started off doing 70, which increased to 80 when we still had two hours to get to Brands Hatch, and we were still about 100 miles away.
Dad drove on the way down there. The journey to Brands Hatch used just under half a tank of petrol.

We arrived just at 10am. The racing had already started, but the truck racing was not on until after lunch.

The first race of the day was Legends racing, you may remember that from the last time.

Pickup racing was on after that, then Formula Renault, and then another Legends race.
With a slight change to the timetable the first Truck race started just after 12noon, after the second Legends race.

After lunch, 1pm, the Touring cars race started. After that the final Lengends race was ran.
The Pickups then ran again. And the final race of the day was the final Truck race.

This race was closer than the first race, with more contact. One of the trucks lost a part of its body work, and the other trucks was running over it.

At one point there was three trucks abreast going up the hill, one of them was partly on the grass and he must of been very close to the barriers because he suddenly backed off.

Towards the end of the race one of the trucks came out of the straight sideways and went into the wall. At that time I was taking a photo of some other trucks, but you can see it sliding across the gravel at the top of the photo.

The trucks weren’t as tall as I expected them to be, they were a bit shorter than “normal” road going trucks.
At the end of the day most of the trucks that was parked along the track were allowed onto the track and did two circuits. They weren’t racing, it was a truck parade! But there must of been at least 50 trucks on the circuit.

It wasn’t just the tractor units, there was several box lorries, two flat bed lorries, one of them with a load of blocks on the back, and a transit van! There was also a couple of the racing trucks on the circuit at the same time.

I took about 70 photos.

I drove some of the way home to Bagshot where we stopped at a harvester for dinner.

I was feeling tired so dad took over the driving. Which was lucky because towards the end of the journey I was begining to fall asleep.

On the way back dad stuck to 60 because there was this squeaking noise coming from somewhere and dad thought it could be the wheel bearing.

We left the harvester about 8:15pm, and we got home at 10:30pm

Poor old car! She did 320 miles in a day. And there is still a quarter of a tank of petrol left!

Well, that was my day at Brands hatch.

I will upload the photos tomorrow (Tuesday), and link to them.

If you notice any spelling mistakes, I’m sorry, the dictionary sometimes works, and sometimes doesn’t. At the moment it is saying it is not compatible with Firefox 2!

Brands Hatch

Me and dad went to Brands Hatch on Sunday 20th as VIP guests of one of the sponsors of the #11 car in the legends car racing

We got a nice box on the start/finish line with free food and drinks all day.
We had a buffet at the team “garage” in the paddock, and got to talk to the driver, Simon Belcher, and the commentator. If we wanted to, we could of gone down to the pit lane and the tower in the middle of the circuit.

My favourite race of the day was the Pickup Truck racing

We saw several cars spin off the track, and one big(ish) accident involving two cars.
It was during the MG racing the car #19 spun around (somehow. i just saw him facing the other direction) then car #99 hit him just behind the drivers door. It was just a glancing blow, the only damage car #19 had was a dent behind the drivers door.
Car #99 ended up in the gravel with the front drivers corner re-shaped!
The driver of car #99 walked out, while the driver of #19 was taken out on a spinal board. The rescue crews had the roof off the car.

Other races that went on during the day were:
Formula Woman
MG Owners Club Racing
Ginetta Junior

From the MotorSport Vision website

One race that I would like to go back to watch is the Truck Racing on November the 4th and 5th
British Truck Racing Association