Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015
(My father and I on the grid at Silverstone – style notes below)

May was a funny old month: I spent two thirds of it in bed, recuperating from a surgical procedure (more of this later), and the combination of pain and recovering from anaesthesia has meant that I’ve been off work since the 29th April.

I thought I’d be happily catching up with email and blogging like a ninja from my bed after a week or so but in addition to the pain, I came down with a delightful case of porridge head – blogging seemed like a mountain to climb and a little light Instagram-ing and Tweeting was about the total of my capabilities.

So you can imagine my joy as I started to feel better, began to get out and about, and the fog in my head started to clear.

However, I’ve got a LOT of blog catching up to do, so forgive me for not posting in a chronological order as I get going again, editing pics, and getting stories up as and when. There’s so much I want to tell you all!

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

One of the most thrilling things I did towards the end of May was on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday break (the weekend before last). My father and I were invited as guests of Blancpain to the Silverstone leg of the Blancpain GT Series.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

We started our day at the Lamborghini Blancpain VIP area, where Blancpain master watchmakers talked my father and I through the extraordinary haute horologerie workmanship behind the dial of a Blancpain timepiece in their pop-up workshop onsite, before we ingested lots of coffee and headed trackside to watch the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo race.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

After lunch we were invited onto the grid to watch the prep for the big race of the day: the Endurance Series, where three drivers per car compete over two hours. It’s a huge test, not just of an individual’s driving skill, but of each teams’ engineering prowess. The marques that take part in the GT Series are:
Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Porsche, with teams from nations as diverse as Oman and New Zealand.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Walking into the pits is to be immersed immediately into a frenetic world, but it gets even busier out on the grid pre-race.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Seemingly endless wheel racks are pushed out from the pits onto the grid for each car, as the grid slowly fills with everything from a marching band and legions of promo girls, to hangers on (us!) clients, sponsors, press, TV crews, marshals, mechanics and more.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

From the start this is the view.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015
Behind there is the hive of activity:

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

In essence, these are production cars, but they are pimped (technical term) to an almost unbelievable degree.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

As we were shepherded off the grid for the start, the pits seemed almost comically empty in contrast.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

We then headed up to Silverstone’s Timing Centre, where all the technical support happens.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

I’ve only ever been in before to pick up track and grid listings (below) when we’ve been driving on the circuit, so getting to go upstairs was a first.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

These guys from Blancpain’s timing team record the exact lap times of each car electronically.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

(If you follow me on Vine, you’ll have seen the little clip I made of the cars automatically triggering beeps in the timing centre as they each cross the line on their laps.)

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

Across the corridor is Silverstone’s heart: the blacked out race control centre, with screens monitoring every inch of the course in real time.

Downstairs on the way to the stands, we passed this: a salutary reminder that accidents do happen on race tracks:

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

We then headed to the stands to watch the Endurance from up on high, as all the marques jockeyed for position around the corners. It’s real heart in your mouth stuff, as a pileup always seems inevitable and yet they all escape unscathed as they zoom out of the bend and on to the next. I’ve driven this corner, and can testify that it’s difficult and terrifying enough when you are the only person on the circuit, let alone with a souped up Bentley, Porsche and a Lamborghini up your arse.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

I cannot lie: motorsport events like this attract a predominantly male audience.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

I find it astonishing as most women I know love to drive. Every time I go to a track day or motorsport event with a female friend on her first visit, they end up absolutely loving the entire experience.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

One of the other fun things about hanging out at circuits is getting to perv over all the beautiful cars that are parked up. This, at first glance, almost unassuming car would set you back around one and a half million of your English pounds. It’s a Bugatti Veyron: the most powerful and fastest roadster on earth.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

We then retired to the VIP lounge to watch the rest of the race on the big screens – as the Endurance race continues, the cars thin out on the track, so those multi car corners aren’t so frequent, and it’s actually easier to follow on the TV.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

At race’s end everything is packed up into the juggernauts that line the circuit and and off they go to the next event.

Blancpain Endurance Series Silverstone 2015

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Style Notes:
Sasha
DESA Olive green silk shirt
DL1961 Florence jeans gifted
Air & Grace tan Coachella ankle boots (I wrote about them here) gifted
MaxMara tortoiseshell sunglasses gifted

Nick:
Boden striped shirt (similar here)
Gucci loafers
Barbour quilted jacket (in the sale here)

A huge thank you to Blancpain for hosting my father and me at Silverstone.

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5 comments

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Hi Sasha, oddly enough I’ve been worried about you! It’s unusual for you not to update your blog for so long. I hope you are well rested and feeling much better!

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I hope you’re feeling better Sasha, you look fantastic! What an interesting day to share with your Father x

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Welcome back! We have missed you; hope you are fully recovered. You look incredible! xx

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Sasha,
Looking good dear, glad you are feeling better.

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Pleased you’re feeling more like yourself again, it always takes longer than you expect to get up to speed again, which is so darn frustrating!
I did a track day at Lotus with my dad, which was amazing! Only me & one other woman though.

Best wishes

Kate.x

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