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F1 Parade in London
Some great photos but an organisational disaster
On 6th July 2004 a parade of F1 cars took place in Regent Street. I had been told by the organisers where the disabled viewing platform would be and exactly how to reach it. In the event the stewards and police had no idea, each group telling me to ask the other. Finally the news came across the steward's radio: "This is a public event so there is no disabled access". What?! Not only would I not have come if I'd known that, but also these people need to read the Disability Discrimination Act...

I ended up at the bottom of the route in Waterloo Place. A policeman tried to move me on, but I couldn't walk any further, so he let me in the press area to sit down. The crowds gathered as far as the eye could see - luckily I was on the uncrowded side of the barrier. Unluckily I was stuck behind the screens around the paddock area and could see nothing. My long-suffering partner stood on the wall and took some shots of the paddock, and the cars being pushed to the start area. We didn't see any of the action at all!

Due to overcrowding the event started late and was curtailed soon after, and I was glad to leave. The organisation was a complete shambles. That said, Mike got some quite good photos...

This was the first event I had attended with my new Fuji S7000 camera. The full size images are rather large!


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The pit area. We were sat behind the screens where the people are at the bottom. Mike stood on a wall to get these photos.

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The Ferrari garage.

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"Excuse me Mr Schumacher, is this your car?"

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The Jordan garage.

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View of the crowds along Regent Street. The track was somewhere in the middle.

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Nigel Mansell in the Jordan garage (you can see a mini-Nige on the viewfinder).

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Nigel grabs a drink on the way out of the Ferrari garage.

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Nigel (again).

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Tires are pushed through the crowds to the bottom of the track.

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A Jordan is pushed through (it's in there somewhere!)

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Nigel Mansell walks through the crowd.

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The Ferrari is pushed out of the garage to the track.

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Luca Badoer looks pensive.

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Luca watches a tyreman struggle.

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The police had a tough job - no idea what was going on, they told me to ask the event stewards (who told me to ask the police).

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The Ferrari makes it through the crowd.

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The Williams follows.

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A police helicopter hovered overhead all evening.

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An empty Ferrari garage.

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People silhouetted on rooftops.

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The building opposite us - the blue and white frieze like a Wedgewood bowl.

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Cars leave only smoke in their wake as they power up the street.

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Martin Brundle in Jaguar uniform.

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Jenson Button (and girlfriend Louise).

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A general view - people everywhere.

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The BAR returns to the bottom of the track.




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