Post by Dave Wisdom on Aug 16, 2014 8:58:00 GMT -5
Recent press release from the 'Forest Hall Village Times':
The significant increase of entries for this years Forest Hall British GPd has brought about urgent need for the circuit to improve its safety measures. Forest Hall Circuit (FHC) organisers recently became aware that in order to meet with FIA requirements the circuit’s current emergency vehicle provision would need to be improved. In order to address the issue FHC has now purchased a former emergency vehicle previously seen in service at the Hockenhiem and Nurburgring circuits. The FH circuit’s manager has stated the Mercedes L1500S represents the very best in German technology placing FHC on a safety par with other Grand Prix circuits around the world.
FHC rescue crews recently carried out emergency rescue drills using the new equipment and it was confirmed by visiting chief safety officer (Scott Stoddard) the vehicle will ensure the highest level of safety and protection for competitors and spectators.
The new vehicle brings the FHC emergency vehicle fleet to 4 and now includes 1 Mercedes fire tender, 1 LWB Land Rover fire tender, 1 LWB Land Rover Ambulance and 1 Austin Ambulance (the latter vehicles kindly provided by St Johns Ambulance).
Dave, let me say: all these details and the close-up shots of your racetrack are wonderful. At several points in this forum I could add: thank you for this great photography! Your pictures are a real inspiration for me to continue my work on my own new track ("Jersey road race"). Like Mark said: These pictures open a time-gap back to the sixties! Thank you very much for that!
.... and let me add another thing: well, you all know, we have dreams in our life. Some will be fulfilled, some not. My dreams are: 1. to visit the historic GP of Monaco - fulfilled in 2012, 2. to visit the Goodwood Revival Meeting - hopefully fulfilled next year!, 3. to own a prewar-car - probably never fulfilled, 4. to own a 50´s-racing motorbike - uhh, there might be a chance, 5. to build my own routed/Carrera-track - I´m working hard on it!, 6. TO SEE DAVE´S TRACK IN REAL - I really hope to get the chance!!!
Post by Dave Wisdom on Oct 12, 2014 5:04:11 GMT -5
Back in the 1960s and 70s, many spectators used to construct their own 'grandstands' from wood and scaffolding for viewing British Grand Prix events. They were precarious structures and were eventually banned once F1 became fully corporate and started charging folks £200 a ticket.
As the Forest Hall circuit is firmly embedded in the 1960s, there are no such issues and spectators are more than happy to risk live and limb to view their favorite slot cars from a highly dangerous vantage point.
Post by David Lawson on Oct 12, 2014 10:10:41 GMT -5
I have fond memories of spectating at Stowe corner for the 1977 British Grand Prix. My friend had an old Bedford laundry van which he had converted into a camper and he also fitted a Dexion tower on the roof of the van giving us a brilliant panoramic view of the cars all the way down the Hangar straight through Stowe and down to Club corner. We didn't mind that it swayed a little....
Your model is so typical of the structures all the way round Silverstone. The painting of the figures is very subtle and lifelike, excellent work.