Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Ignition Festival, Glasgow - Audi R8 V10


As mentioned in the previous blog, through a prize draw from purchasing my ticket in the pre-sale, I was lucky enough to win a lap around the street circuit track at the Ignition Festival and a paddock tour.

The specially designed street circuit went around the SECC, Armadillo and the Hydro - as shown in the picture below.  Not shown in the picture, just behind the Hydro, there was a shorter figure-of-eight shaped track which was predominantly for drifting.

Image from Ignition Festival of Motoring
There was just another competition winner, along with myself getting to go in one of the Top Gear supercars, and we were asked which car we would like to go in - the Ford Mustang or the Audi R8 - but I think we were both too polite to choose one, so Mark the paddock manager (who I had actually come across during my volunteering at the 2012 Olympic Games - small world!) decided for us.  The other winner was to go in the Ford Mustang which went a little more sideways, and I was to go in the Audi R8 which went a little faster!
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Ignition Festival, Glasgow - Track Action

There were two track sessions each day at the Ignition Festival, with viewing available almost all the way around the specially built circuit, which went around the SECC and the Hydro.  I watched some of the action out the back of the exhibition hall, some from the paddock, and some from the grandstand.  Each session lasted around two and a half hours, and it was non-stop action.

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Ignition Festival, Glasgow - Paddock/Arena

Where do I begin?  Last weekend saw the launch of a brand new Festival of Motoring - 'Ignition' - in Glasgow.  There was no way I was going to pass up the chance to attend and purchased my ticket as soon as I could, in the pre-sale.  I had completely forgotten that pre-sale purchases using certain codes were entered into prize draws, so when I received a phone call telling me I had won, it was a complete shock - a very good one at that (pictures of my track experience prize are in the next blog post)!


Ignition Festival ran from Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August, and as my ticket was for the Sunday, I spent two days checking out all the news and pictures on social media getting very excited!  There was so much to see and do, including: exhibitors in the main arena, a test drive area, the live track sessions and live shows in the back of the arena.  Even though I was there all day, I didn't manage to see everything!

I went by myself, but it turned out that I knew a few of the volunteers who were at the event and the other volunteers I met were lovely and friendly too!  I also managed to introduce myself to some VisitScotland work colleagues who were at the event with Hamish the Coo-Van (although they might have thought I was a little mad, because I was pretty excited all day!).
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016