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Few days late - but #December was an odd month for lots of reasons - but saw travel to #lasvegas for a big international trade show and then a short hop to #athens for the last visit of the year. Then a few parties for Xmas before stopping for a couple of weeks. Now back to the day job tomorrow! 
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Few days late - but #December was an odd month for lots of reasons - but saw travel to #lasvegas for a big international trade show and then a short hop to #athens for the last visit of the year. Then a few parties for Xmas before stopping for a couple of weeks. Now back to the day job tomorrow! . #travel #usa #usatravel #business #businesstravel #businesstrip #work #xmas #socialtime #greece #athens_city #lasvegasblvd #nevada #life #travelblogger #travelblog #travelling #travelphotography #reels #businessreels
2 months ago
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Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning!  It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. 
My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world.
Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. 
Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! 
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#travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
Well that’s the last #hotelstay of 2023 done and the rest of the year will be spent in my own bed. I’ve not counted how many nights I’ve been in hotels this year (I don’t think I want to!) but at least with one chain I have had 70 nights as the app told me this morning! It’s all part and parcel of the job but also it’s not easy at times either. My last stay this year was with #hotelindigo I do love an @hotelindigo hotel. On my blog and on here you can find many stays reviewed at #indigohotels across the world. Last night was hotel indigo on #leicestersquare. I loved the theming and very apt for my last stay of the year to have all the #theatrical elements around. Now a bit of time to rest and recharge ready for 2024! . #travel #travellingsalesman #businesstravel #uktravel #hoteluk #hotellondon #ihghotels #favouritehotel #hotelstays #hotelstay #businesshotel #londontravel #work #christmas2023 #life #lifestyle #travelgram #travelblogger
3 months ago
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2/6
A busy few days in #lasvegas with work! The city really is like nowhere else on the planet with the wide range of #casinos #shows and #hotels to see. It’s such a mad place. Was a really good show for work with my companies product winning an award as well. A very lovely stay @virginhotelslv 
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A busy few days in #lasvegas with work! The city really is like nowhere else on the planet with the wide range of #casinos #shows and #hotels to see. It’s such a mad place. Was a really good show for work with my companies product winning an award as well. A very lovely stay @virginhotelslv . . #usa #usatravel #lasvegasstrip #lasvegasblvd #usatrip #usa🇺🇸 #businessman #businesstravel #virginhotelslv #virginhotel #lasvegasfood #usatoday #work #worktravel #worktrip #businesspassion
3 months ago
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3/6
Been quite a manic and busy #November! Trips to #lasvegas and #Germaany. Lit a show for @guildfordschoolofacting and had a busy time at work. @johannaspayne also fell in a tree. @max_theminiweenie just looked cute and we headed towards #xmas.
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Been quite a manic and busy #November! Trips to #lasvegas and #Germaany. Lit a show for @guildfordschoolofacting and had a busy time at work. @johannaspayne also fell in a tree. @max_theminiweenie just looked cute and we headed towards #xmas. . . #travel #business #workandplay #travelphotography #traveling #travelblogger #travelling #traveler #worktrip #worktravel #jetplane #germany🇩🇪 #usatravel #lasvegasstrip
3 months ago
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4/6
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
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As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! 
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#SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography
#SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
As we ended our #Route1 journey up the west coast of #usa we arrived in #seattle. It was defiantly one of our more favourite stops of the whole trip even if it was very cold! We spent a load of time up the @spaceneedle with a wonderful dinner on our last night. We also visited Seattle where there was a whole new level of the city created. On our way back to the airport we visited the @boeing museum which was very geeky! . . #SeattleWA #SeattleLife #SeattleLove #seattlePhotography #SeattleViews #SeattleSkyline #SeattleArt #SeattleFoodie #SeattleCoffee #SeattleFashion #SeattleNature #SeattleExploring #SeattleAdventures #SeattleCityscape #SeattleVibes #SeattleParks #SeattleWaterfront #SeattleArchitecture #SeattleMusic #spaceneedle #boeingmuseumofflight #SeattleTravel
4 months ago
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5/6
It’s not been the busiest month for October with only a couple of days in Stockholm and then a stag do in London for a weekend, rest of the time has mostly been around home - which makes for a very nice change…. November and December will be very different! 
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It’s not been the busiest month for October with only a couple of days in Stockholm and then a stag do in London for a weekend, rest of the time has mostly been around home - which makes for a very nice change…. November and December will be very different! . . #travel #travelling #businesstravel #businesstraveller #businesstravellife #october #octoberphotochallenge #blogger #bloggerlife #bloggers #maleblogger #blog #travelblogger #traveblog
4 months ago
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Lapland Silverstone

Lapland Silverstone

Lapland Silverstone

Just before xmas we headed off to Lapland Silverstone. For me (and anyone who knows me) I'm a massive petrol head. The fact that we did Route 66, Indy 500, and multiple other race events should give you this clue! So for the ability to take our own car onto the world famous Silverstone Race Circuit was something that we couldn't turn down. To add even more to this the track was being lit up with lots of lighting and effects. Given that this is the day job and something I'm equally passionate about the whole Lapland experience was like a perfect match!

 

Approaching Lapland Silverstone

So one cold December evening we headed off to Silverstone. As we approached the circuit from a good few miles away you could see all the lights in the sky. If there was ever anything to draw you in this was it! A nice simple drive and an hour and half later we were at the gates to the famous race track.

Once you had the friendly welcome you headed off towards the track itself. At all times you stayed in your own car and given the rising covid numbers in the UK this felt a really safe event.

For anyone who reads my blog and is also a F1 fan, we entered the track just at the end of the Wellington straight and heading into Brooklands. Here you line up in 2 lines and start to head down through Luffield, Woodcote and on to the National Straight. Officially this isn't part of the "experience" but parts of the old Pit buildings are lit up to start to get you in the spirit. You can also tune your radio to 87.7FM to pick up Radio Silverstone playing Xmas tunes to get you in the spirit.

As you go past the famous old pits you can't help but remember famous victories of the likes of Mansell, Senna, Hill etc who you have seen on this very bit of track!

Xmas tress at Lapland Silverstone
Lapland Silverstone Sign
Lights at Lapland Silverstone

Lapland Silverstone Experience Starts

Once you get into the Maggots/Beckets series of corners this is where the experience really starts with "snow globes" and Xmas trees. You can see all the amazing lights away in the distance around the new Hamilton pit straight but your focus is on the here and now.

Here is the part to mention you don't drive like Lewis Hamilton The track speed is about 10 miles an hour. We found ourselves doing less than this at times. You are following a pace car at all times which tracks the speed. However to be true if you went faster than this you would miss things!

So as you headed down Hanger straight you were met with a wall of colour on either side from lots of lights. The lights were constantly changing with patterns running up and down it in multiple colours. Past the bridge on hanger straight it was then not only colour changing lights it was moving lights as well. All nice beams in the air and lots of great effects as you drove a long.

Lights at Stowe Corner Lapland Silverstone

Stowe Corner

Stowe corner saw the addition of large boxes of light again all colour changing. These created a huge and very beautiful effect as you approached. Think of it looking like a graphic equaliser from the 80's. As you rounded Stowe and before you hit Vale complex there were tunnels created with laser lighting.

Now as a lighting person I have mixed views about lasers. Done well they can look great. Done bad they look bad! However on this occasion they looked great! Some really nice effects of moving content and something different to look at.

 

 

Lasers at Silverstone
Lights at Lapland Silverstone

The Hamilton Straight

Rounding through Vale and into Club the Hamilton Straight you see the really impressive pit building. The TV pictures don't give this building the size of scale that it is. For lapland Silverstone it rises from the ground like a majestic beast all lit up and standing proud to the race track. As you come down the pit straight there are moving lights all around. Creating beams and patterns in the sky. You could be at any Rock and Roll concert in the world! It's an impressive look as you drive along under the start/finish sign. The area is constantly changing, and as you drive through you get lots of different "looks"

At the end of the Hamilton straight you turn into Abbey and Farm and again you are met with walls of light. Again changing colours and again with different patterns of light going across them. All very impressive!

Hamilton Straight Lapland Silverstone
Hamilton Straight Lapland Silverstone
Lighting Lapland Silverstone

The End

And then that's it! You've done a large amount of the track and you make your way out to the exit. I reckon driving the track it took about 45min/1hr but it feels busy at all times. Each section of the track is different and looks different. From my "day job" hat they have done well to do this and it impressed me. Each "zone" is its own style and that was great to see.

Full credit should go to the team at Silverstone for putting on this event. I know they have had a load of people come who aren't F1 fans but more wanted something to do this year. Given the horrific state of the events industry to see lighting products out being used was a good thing. There are miles and miles of cable, hundreds of lights and huge amounts of infrastructure that's gone into it. So well done to all.

Ticket prices were a reasonable £35 per car which if you put a family of 4 in it is really good value.

I hope that Lapland Silverstone comes back next year and they can build on it and make it better still. We for sure will be back!

https://www.laplandsilverstone.co.uk/

This is my last post of 2020. Just leaves me to wish you a happy new year and hopefully a better 2021 for us all!

Ben

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