Perfect warm evening weather compared to some previous years, but the killjoys ruined the view. We used to be able to stand by the barriers on the left here in years gone by, on the pavement of the westbound carriageway, but this time we had to stick to the prom by the seawall, far far away! The racing seemed very distant, over the cycle track... the car park... the pavement... and one half of the avenue! I had no chance of getting the pics I wanted.
All this over-zealous safety bulls**t is guaranteed to wind me up. I'll decide for myself what 'risks' I want to take, in an ideal world. What are they going to do next, ban moutaineering, hang-gliding, sailing, etc., just in case something goes wrong? It's all totally out of perspective to the actual chances of mishap. I'd love to know what D-day veterans make of how the world has turned out - is this the freedom they fought for? What would Health and Safety have made of conditions on the landing beaches?!
So I took a few random pics in the pits, but my heart wasn't in it any more.
That's another event ruined, to give a miss next time.
At least I can say I was there for the first few years when it was actually worth going.
Are we going to be banned from standing near the lanes during the rally as well? They have far more accidents than the ZERO accidents so far on the avenue.
It's crazy when you consider that James Walker was revving, wheel spinning and flooring his much faster World Series racing car on the avenue during the 2008 Battle of Flowers when thousands of people (and children! Think of the children!) were just feet away!
I must be on the wrong planet. This one is insane :-)
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