27th-31st August.

I’ve been following F1 motor racing, maybe most motor sports, ever since I was young and have been to a fair few events over the years.

However, I have never been to a Grand Prix anywhere else than the UK, so this has been a fabulous experience.

I took the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland & made my way directly to my hotel in Monschau, Germany where I stayed for two nights.

Spa-Francorchamps race circuit is only about 20 miles over the Belgian border.

It was a great atmosphere and I left the circuit afterwards thinking that Michael Schumacher had won, Damon Hill second & Mika Hakkinen third.

A couple of hours later I was back at Monschau, in a bar about to have something to eat and there’s a TV in the corner showing reports of the race.

The Germans are not very happy at all. Schumacher has been disqualified after the race, unknown to me, for a technical infringement and the race win has been awarded to Damon Hill, the British driver. It also meant that Hakkinen was promoted to second & Jos Verstappen to third.

Of course I’m happy that Hill won, he & Schumacher are fighting for this years’s championship, but I was feeling just a little awkward as the only Englishman in that particular German bar that night.

The following day I headed back to the UK with an overnight stop in the Netherlands on the way.

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